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• “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state is still on track to begin its gradual reopening this week amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the exception of the population-dense Washington suburbs.”—Associated Press
• “For the first time since the COVID-19 crisis began, Virginia came close to reaching its target of 10,000 daily test results.”—WVTF
• State health officials said they are working to separate unreliable antibody tests from the state’s total count of COVID-19 tests conducted, but Northam’s chief of staff defended the decision to include them in the first place. “If we’re going to be compared to all 50 states I want it to be apples to apples. … It became clear other states are including serological testing. If you’re going to be comparing us to other states, and be critical of the volume of tests we are doing, and not comparing apples to apples, I think that’s grossly unfair.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The state lab was initially working 24/7 to test samples but has resumed more typical operations as private labs and hospitals have developed their own testing capacity.—The Virginian-Pilot
• “In Fairfax County, Latinos make up close to 60% of the county’s COVID-19 cases, a rate more than three times their share of the population.”—WAMU
• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the possibility of a 2021 run for a second term in the Executive Mansion: “I tell people it’s a strong possibility that I’ll be running again.”—The Washington Post
• Northam’s administration announced that the parole of a man convicted of the 1979 killing of a Richmond police officer has been put on hold for 30 days while the state inspector general investigates the process by which he was granted release.—Associated Press
• “A fifth prison inmate has died from COVID-19 and 719 have tested positive for the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Four Democrats are competing to run for the state’s 5th District congressional seat, currently held by Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson.—The Roanoke Times
• Citing two homicides and an uptick in other crimes, police in Hampton said they would resume enforcement of minor infractions and misdemeanors, which had been scaled back to protect officers and keep the jail population down.—Daily Press
• “A 5-month-old red and white Holstein calf was found wandering in North Richmond over the weekend.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• It’s strawberry season.—Loudoun Times-Mirror
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