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No more outbreak details, Lynchburg sewage overflows, jail and prison visitation, and more headlines

By: - July 27, 2021 8:02 am
Virginia Mercury

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• Because of the expiration of Virginia’s declaration of emergency, the state Department of Health is no longer providing details on outbreaks in congregate settings. “During the emergency declaration there was more transparency; as that has expired we are no longer allowed to share any more details,” a health official said.—Danville Register & Bee

• Virginia Beach contends a man who was shot by police during a chaotic night on the Oceanfront was pointing a gun at an officer, contradicting a witness who saw the shooting.—Virginian-Pilot

• Arlington County’s Republican Committee says the county government abused “taxpayer resources and county bandwidth to actively promote a partisan campaign rally” featuring President Joe Biden and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.—Inside NOVA

• Lynchburg-area lawmakers are looking for help from the state to finish fixing the city’s sewage overflows into the James River.—News & Advance

• “The race for Virginia governor has emerged as the nation’s first prominent test of voter reaction to the debate around critical race theory, with the GOP nominee seeking to tap into visceral pushback, largely among Republican voters, to the idea that America is structurally tilted in favor of White people.”—Wall Street Journal

• The state Department of Corrections says it won’t resume in-person visitation, which has been suspended since the start of the pandemic, for another three months.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• COVID-19 case numbers keep climbing.—WTKR

• A UVA doctor says vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 still need to quarantine.—WVIR

• Virginia hospitals resent the notion they shoulder some blame for the state’s mental health staffing crisis, which saw state officials shutter mental hospitals for new admissions because they say the private facilities aren’t taking enough patients. “They just want a lot more money to do the right thing,” one senator said. “That’s the bottom line.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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