The Bulletin

New COVID-19 surge and more Virginia headlines

By: - August 16, 2021 8:06 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• “A new forecast by University of Virginia scientists indicates that even if the state were able to increase vaccinations to 85% of the population by Labor Day, Virginia would still experience a significant surge in new COVID-19 infections.”—Virginian-Pilot

• State health officials say third vaccine doses will soon be available for immunocompromised Virginians.—Associated Press

• Some Central Virginia parents are enrolling their children in COVID-19 vaccine trials. “I guess I just have faith in the science and the medical community to do right.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Although some school divisions plan to announce COVID-19 cases in their facilities, the state doesn’t require disclosure.—News & Advance

• A national Republican group is launching a “six-figure” ad campaign aimed at flipping seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.—Washington Post

• Census data released last week shows Southwest Virginia lost 8 percent of its population over the last decade.—Bristol Herald Courier

• Richmond, once a majority-Black city, saw an influx of White residents as its population grew 10 percent.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A federal judge said she doesn’t have the authority to stop blasting at Bent Mountain for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.—Roanoke Times

• Two U.S. Park Police officers involved in the fatal 2017 shooting of motorist Bijan Ghaisar were told he wasn’t the suspect in a fender bender that sparked the chase.—Washington Post

• Drama between a TikTok personality and Arlington bartenders led to protective orders and police getting involved.—Washington Post

• The founder of a Virginia service dogs company has to pay $3 million after being sued for giving people poorly trained puppies.—Daily Progress


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