Analysts watching for post-holiday case spike, Virginia liquor sales up $46 million this year (so far), winter sports’ future uncertain, and more headlines

NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Data analysts advising Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration say a “two-week shutdown” after Thanksgiving could be necessary if there’s a big jump in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Virginia.—WRIC

• Virginia Beach’s sheriff and former deputy police chief will sit on another commission tasked with examining the 2019 mass shooting at a municipal building in the city. A Virginia Beach delegate criticized the pick, saying no one involved in the local law enforcement response to the shooting should be on the panel.—Virginian-Pilot

• Surging liquor sales helped pad Virginia’s budget, which was hit hard by the pandemic, adding $545.3 million to the kitty, a $45.8 million increase from the year before.—Virginian-Pilot

• As Thanksgiving approaches and COVID-19 cases climb, VCU Health System has launched a public service campaign where health care workers share in videos what’s going on behind the scenes as they care for COVID-19 patients. “It just breaks my heart that some of these people may die alone in their rooms,” said one.—NBC12

• A Virginia Tech study found that face masks are about as effective at protecting wearers as they are at protecting others.—Roanoke Times

•  A task force convened by John Tyler Community College has recommended that the Chesterfield school, named after the 10th U.S. president, be renamed because Tyler was a slaveholder and Confederate supporter.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Local school systems are canceling or considering canceling winter sports because of rising case rates.—Daily Press, Roanoke Times

•  A woman who was in the process of moving to Florida from Chesterfield is begging the thief who broke into her car to return the ashes of her infant daughter, which were stolen along with other items from the packed car.—WRIC

• A 35-year-old King George woman is leading the charge to keep Northern Neck Ginger Ale from becoming another “zombie brand” after Coca-Cola stopped making it this summer. “I don’t think Coca-Cola understands how important this drink is for so many of us,” Stephanie Johnson said.—Free Lance-Star 

Sign up here to get these headlines and the Mercury’s original reporting delivered to your inbox daily in News to Know, our free newsletter.