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Nursing home outbreaks worsen, governor’s office debunks Outer Banks rumors, Louisa seniors get a graduation ceremony, and more headlines

By: - April 23, 2020 8:05 am
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• “Two Republican state senators are representing the owner of Gold’s Gym facilities in Virginia, including two in the Richmond area, in a lawsuit that challenges Gov. Ralph Northam’s authority to close private fitness centers as nonessential businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Outbreaks at nursing homes around the state are worsening. Eleven people have died and 63 have tested positive at a facility in Fairfax County.—Associated Press

• The ACLU of Virginia is asking the state Supreme Court to order the release of as many people as is safely possible from prisons and jails, arguing that “leading public health officials have warned that unless courts act now, the ‘epicenter of the pandemic will be jails and prisons.’”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The state Supreme Court extended the ongoing judicial emergency through May 17, extending cancellation of most court hearings.—The Roanoke Times

• “Scientists at Virginia Tech will begin in the next few days running COVID-19 tests in Roanoke and Blacksburg for local health districts.”—The Roanoke Times

• Louisa County High School is holding individual graduation ceremonies for their 360 seniors. Each student has been given a timeslot, at which their name will be called over the PA and they’ll walk out on to the football field to receive their diploma with only their parents allowed in the stadium to watch.—The Daily Progress

• Northam’s spokeswoman and local law enforcement officials say the governor has not been travelling to vacation on the Outer Banks in violation of his own stay-at-home order, despite rumors and reports on right-wing websites that appear to be based on a single, unsubstantiated Facebook post.—InsideNoVa

• Sen. Mark Warner shared a deeply disturbing video recorded in his kitchen in which he purports to demonstrate how to make a tuna melt.—The Washington Post

• A UPS employee shared his view of the pandemic from the sorting facility in Newport News where he works: “Business seems to be increasing, but there’s been a shift in the materials we carry. We went from business-centric to residential customers. If I have to load one more box of toilet paper, I’m going to lose my mind.”—The Virginian-Pilot

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association. Contact him at [email protected]