Richmond-area nursing home has one of U.S.’ worst outbreaks, DOC mulls reopening vacant Culpeper prison for sick inmates, drive-up Internet hot spots, and more headlines

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• A nursing facility outside of Richmond is now home to one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the nation. Two-thirds of residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 16 have died. Some family members of patients want the state to shut the facility down. “It’s clear that the nursing home is not able to contain the scenario.”—Associated Press

• “President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Virginia, a move that releases federal funds to help the state combat the coronavirus pandemic.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• “The Virginia Department of Corrections is considering a plan to reopen a vacant prison in Culpeper County to house state prisoners — and possibly inmates from local jails, too — who become infected with COVID-19 if the number of sick inmates becomes overwhelming.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Two employees at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County and a youth in a ‘contracted facility’ have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Department of Juvenile Justice.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Local governments have rolled out a variety of programs to help businesses struggling amid the sudden downturn, including a $1 million loan program approved in Richmond.—Richmond BizSense

• Church leaders worried the new stay-at-home order meant they could no longer conduct drive-in services, but the governor’s office says the gatherings are fine if everyone stays in their cars.—Martinsville Bulletin

• “The captain of a Norfolk-based U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• New York City hospitals are overrun, but strict rules about which patients can be transferred to the USNS Comfort mean the Norfolk-based hospital ship has so far only accepted 20 patients.—The New York Times

• UVA’s law school ordered a student to withdraw from classes after her national guard unit was activated in New York. The school reversed course after the decision ignited a firestorm of criticism in the legal community.—Virginia Business

• “Fauquier County has established four temporary drive-up internet hot spots while the places many people usually visit to access WiFi are closed.”—WTOP

• Fish-oil supplement producer Omega Protein “will keep its certification for sustainable fishing despite defiance of catch limits in the Chesapeake Bay.”—Associated Press

• A discount retailer in Martinsville is doing brisk business selling expired hand sanitizer for the low price of six bottles for $9. “I don’t know nothing about it,” he said. “It looks okay to me.”—Martinsville Bulletin

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