More deaths at Henrico nursing home, Hampton Roads Navy reservists activated to fight virus, a hunger strike at Farmville’s ICE facility, and more headlines

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• The count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Virginia hit 3,333. Of those, 1,183 are currently hospitalized. Another 594 patients have test results pending.—VDHVHHA

• The death toll at a Henrico County nursing home climbed to 32. The facility now accounts for more than half of the 63 coronavirus fatalities recorded so far in Virginia. “Only 35 of the remaining 119 residents at Canterbury have tested negative for COVID-19.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia Democrats are asking the feds to loosen restrictions limiting the use of $3.3 billion in aid the state is set to receive to the direct costs of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. “Unbudgeted costs can also come in the form of unexpected and precipitous revenue declines that would otherwise force budget cuts, thus diminishing necessary services that states and localities are providing to help people during the pandemic.”—The Roanoke Times

• “Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the State Corporation Commission to extend its mandated suspension of utility disconnections for non-payment and suspended late charges through June 10.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Nearly a quarter of all Navy reservists who have been activated in the battle against the virus are from Hampton Roads.” Almost all are medical professionals headed to New York to help with emergency care.—The Virginian-Pilot

• The sheriff in Chesapeake is asking for permission to reopen temporary jail space constructed to relieve overcrowding a decade ago to isolate sick inmates.—The Virginian-Pilot

• A supervisor in Chesterfield is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County, alleging “the denial of medical care, chronic understaffing, and lack of adequate supervision.”—Chesterfield Observer

• Some detainees are on a hunger strike at the ICE detention facility in Farmville, where an entire dorm of detainees was held in isolation after one person had a fever.—WVTF

• Farmers markets and their vendors are struggling to adjust, with some offering drive-through pickup and delivery. Meanwhile, farm stands are opening early as shoppers try to avoid grocery stores.—The Roanoke TimesThe Virginian-Pilot

• A 16-year-old pilot is flying medical supplies to all of Virginia’s rural hospitals. He said his reception in Luray, home to a 25-bed hospital, was warm. “They kind of conveyed to me that they were really forgotten about. … Every hospital is hurting for supplies, but it’s the rural hospitals that really feel forgotten.”—Associated Press

• All that staying at home is inspiring some spring cleaning, prompting a big increase in trash and yard waste. “Just kind of refrain from the big loads for a little while, that would be helpful.”—The Winchester Star

• A two-toed baby sloth was born at the Virginia Zoo.—The Virginian-Pilot

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