Northam goes mask-less at Va. Beach, Charlottesville discusses Confederate statue removal, 20 rescued from flash floods in Scott County, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam, who is expected to announce a statewide policy on face coverings today, drew criticism for going mask-less during a weekend visit to Virginia Beach that put him in close quarters with residents posing for photographs. Northam has repeatedly urged residents to wear masks, saying last week they “could literally save someone else’s life.”—Associated Press

• Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk will require patients as young as 3 to wear face masks after health officials learned of potentially serious complications children can face from COVID-19.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia’s unemployment rate shot up to 10.6 percent in April, up from 3.3 percent.—Associated Press

• Leaders in Northern Virginia say the region has met four of six metrics they’re watching to decide when to reopen, including hospital bed availability and a downward trend of positive test results.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• The pandemic is hitting Latino families in Northern Virginia especially hard. Public health officials say their response has been complicated by language barriers and limited resources.—The Washington Post

• “Rep. Denver Riggleman said President Donald Trump has done a good job handling the coronavirus pandemic despite criticism from Democrats and many public health officials.”—VPM

• City leaders in Charlottesville are beginning discussions on removing two Confederate statues. A new state law that allows local governments to remove the memorials goes into effect July 1.—The Daily Progress

• The National Cemetery Administration held no public events for Memorial Day and skipped the mass placement of little American flags at graveyards.—The Virginian-Pilot

• Restaurants in the Richmond area are trying to convince customers not to use “third-party national delivery apps that they say are thinning their profits even further by taking more off the top of the industry’s already-thin margins.”—Richmond BizSense

• Skyline Drive reopened.—The Washington Post

• Emergency crews in Scott County rescued 20 people trapped on a hiking trail by flash flooding.—WCYB

• “Social distancing has now been expanded to include bats. State officials are asking Virginians to stay out of caves during the pandemic, concerned they might spread the virus among themselves and to the bats.”—VPM

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