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Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response

Here's everything you need to know about coronavirus in Virginia.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to trend downward in Virginia

Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

  Health inspectors, police to monitor area restaurants this weekend for COVID-19 compliance

JMU prepares for students’ return to class on Oct. 5

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

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Stricter guidelines, isolation, uptick in cases at UVA takes a mental toll on some students

Va. correctional center reports 700+ COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury. Each is charged with 10 counts — five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

MLK Middle School employee tests positive for COVID-19

Richmond Public Schools confirms an employee at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Permits suspended at Richmond restaurants for violating COVID-19 safety measures

The Richmond City Health Department has suspended the permits of five city restaurants over COVID-19 concerns.

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Drugmakers are rushing to develop COVID-19 vaccines with the backing of governments desperate to find a way of easing restrictions that have hammered the world economy.

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

UVA researchers say at least 60% of population needs to receive COVID-19 vaccine for it to work

  Voting in person during COVID: What you need to know

Researcher: antibodies in kids with rare COVID-19 symptom could aid vaccine work

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Positive COVID-19 case confirmed at Hanover middle school

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  GRTC bus operator dies from COVID-19 complications

GRTC announced that a bus operator has died due to the COVID-19 virus. The bus company says they were notified of the death last night.

Virginia prisoners request independent monitor as COVID-19 cases and deaths mount

Lawyers representing Virginia prisoners are asking the state to install an independent expert to evaluate the Department of Corrections' response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

  Dr. Avula, Sheriff Irving address inmates' COVID-19 concerns in jails during virtual town hall

Dr. Danny Avula and Richmond City Sheriff Antoinette Irving held a town hall discussion over concerns about COVID-19 in the city’s jails.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  ‘About four times what we saw this time last year’: Flu vaccine requests on the rise

Patient First recommends anyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccination.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

290 JMU students notified of COVID-19 policy violations

Tuesday night, leaders of James Madison University gave an update to Harrisonburg City Council on their return plan for early October and students' behavior so far in the first part of the semester.

Health department, DOC collaborate to manage Deerfield COVID-19 outbreak

The Virginia Department of Health and Department of Corrections are working together to manage the COVID-19 outbreak at Deerfield Correctional Center, which is home to the state’s largest cohort of geriatric male inmates.

Free COVID-19 community testing events scheduled in Richmond, Henrico

The Richmond City Health District has announced additional free community testing events for the month of September.

  Study: VCU Medical Center emergency room saw opioid overdose surge during pandemic

According to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, data showed an alarming surge in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVA researchers working on COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Virginia are working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that is low in cost.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Dinwiddie middle, high school students to begin hybrid learning Oct. 5

Tuesday, during an in-person school board meeting, Dinwiddie County’s School Board voted unanimously to pass a series of recommendations that will allow parents of middle and high school students to opt for in-person hybrid learning beginning Oct. 5.

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like trick-or-treating in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

University of Virginia announces new COVID safety protocols amidst rising cases

The University of Virginia is adopting new protocols designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus on grounds.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  More than $6 million raised for COVID-19 Response Fund

Since the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund was activated in March 2020, $6 million has been raised to help the community.

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

Hanover County teacher tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member at John M. Gandy Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, the school district confirmed.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Child welfare calls have plummeted during the pandemic. Advocates worry the numbers don’t tell the full story.

Beginning in April, child welfare calls from Virginia schools — usually the state’s top reporter for cases of suspected abuse or neglect — dropped by about 98 percent.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  Area schools battle coronavirus cases among faculty, students

Schools in Central Virginia continue to see cases involving staff and students testing positive for Coronavirus. Monday, confirmed multiple cases at multiple schools.

Va. health officials stress the importance of flu vaccine this year

Local health officials say it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, but especially is this year on top of the coronavirus pandemic.

22 more UVA student athletes test positive for COVID-19

UVA athletics has seen a total of 42 cases out of 3,805 tests administered since July.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

While COVID-19 numbers drop in Virginia, health officials say to remain cautious

While COVID-19 numbers are steadily dropping in Virginia, health officials are warning the public not to let their guard down.

Hanover Schools confirm more cases of COVID-19

Hanover County Public Schools confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 within the district community.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

2 RPS employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Richmond Public Schools employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

  We Care RVA is accepting applications for grants worth thousands of dollars

The ‘We Care Rebuild RVA Project' is accepting applications from local business owners to receive grants ranging thousands of dollars.

James Madison University to resume in-person instruction

James Madison University says it will resume in-person instruction.

Staff member at Powhatan County High tests positive for COVID-19

Powhatan County Public Schools confirmed a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 case confirmed at Prince George elementary school

Prince George County Public Schools says a COVID-19 case has been confirmed at Beazley Elementary School.

Virginia’s largest insurance company cut reimbursement rates. Some doctors say primary care will suffer.

Previously, the insurance company offered 100 percent reimbursement for the providers — the same rate it pays physicians.

Dinwiddie Schools to start bringing students back to school

Dinwiddie Schools voted to have its elementary students back in the classroom by the end of the month.

CCPS altering meal distribution sites due to low participation

Chesterfield County Public Schools will no longer distribute meals to six community locations due to “very low” participation, a Facebook post from the school district said.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

New research suggest homeschooling is on the rise, trends expected to continue well after the pandemic

Homeschooling in the area doubled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's expected to remain a popular option for families well after the pandemic.

UVa. identifies COVID-19 cases using wastewater testing

The University of Virginia identified positive COVID-19 cases by testing wastewater within a residence hall.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

Wastewater testing results suggest additional COVID-19 infections at the University of Virginia

Three more dormitories at the University of Virginia are now the focus of coronavirus testing.

JMU announces plan to resume in-person classes

James Madison University shared additions, such as increased testing and isolation plans, to its original reopening plan for in-person classes resuming on October 5.

Pandemic leads to $90M in cuts to the University of Virginia’s budget for this year

The impact of the coronavirus on UVA has spurred an estimated $90 million in cuts to this year’s budget, which amounts to a 2.3% reduction in the budget that officials proposed in June.