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• Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett, a National Guard base in Nottoway County, are expected to temporarily house an estimated 15,000 Afghans. “We welcome these refugees, no matter how long or short they are here,” said Billy Coleburn, the mayor of Blackstone, which neighbors Fort Pickett.—Associated Press
• Hospital leaders in Lynchburg said they’re experiencing strain on par with the peak of the pandemic as cases continue to rise and the Virginia Department of Health urged nearby Amherst County Public Schools to temporarily close all secondary schools for a week following an outbreak.—News & Advance, News & Advance
• At Franklin County Schools, more than 600 students are in quarantine. The local school board used an emergency meeting Wednesday to require trifold desk shields, but declined to revisit a mask policy that has seen 20 percent of the student body granted exemptions.—Roanoke Times
• Most major health systems in Hampton Roads announced they will require their staff to be fully vaccinated.—Virginian-Pilot
• “Descendants of seven Black men executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman in Martinsville are scheduled to meet with Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday to discuss a posthumous pardon.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Glenn Youngkin 50 percent to 41 percent in the governor’s race, a poll by AARP-Virginia and the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at CNU found. “These numbers reflect a state that continues to trend blue in presidential and statewide elections as demographic shifts endure in the Commonwealth,” said Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, research director at the Wason Center.—Washington Post
• PolitiFact Virginia rated Republican Glenn Youngkin’s shifting position on eliminating the income tax as a “half flip.” Youngkin initially said he would look to eliminate the tax as governor but now says he would keep it, but at a reduced level.—VPM
• “A member of the Virginia Redistricting Commission has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the cancellation of the group’s upcoming meeting.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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