Student sues Liberty over pandemic response, racial disparities in Richmond COVID-19 cases, Zoom classes at Tech, and more headlines

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• The outbreak at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Richmond has become the deadliest in the nation at a longterm care facility, per an analysis by The New York Times.—The New York Times

• In Richmond, more than two times as many black people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as white people.—Richmond Times-Dispatch 

• A Liberty University student is suing the school, saying it is “profiting off the coronavirus pandemic by refusing to offer refunds for housing, dining and other costs.”—The News & Advance 

• A Martinsville-area Catholic priest who has publicly criticized the church’s response to its sexual abuse scandal says he’s “not going anywhere” after a bishop in Richmond removed him as pastor of two local churches.—Martinsville Bulletin

• At UVA Health, a robot called “Tru-D” is disinfecting personal protective equipment. Tru-D “stands 5-feet-6-inches tall and uses ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UV) or UV light vectors to disinfect porous and non-porous surfaces without toxic chemicals.”—Staunton News Leader 

• Even as the number of cases and deaths continues to grow in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is getting high marks for his handling of the pandemic.—WVTF

• “We’re all lucky to make it out of there. Period,” said a former inmate of the Goochland Correctional Center for Women, which recorded the first COVID-19 death of a state inmate Tuesday.—NBC12

• Chesapeake firefighters rescued a truck driver after his rig was almost blown off a bridge over the Elizabeth River, leaving the cab hanging 70 feet over the water.—The Associated Press

• UVA instituted a hiring freeze and cut leaders’ salaries amid the pandemic.—The Daily Progress

• Norfolk’s police chief has issued what the department says is a first-of-its-kind order “telling his 700-plus officers how to treat transgender people with respect.”—The Virginian-Pilot

• A loud rumble shook parts of Hampton Roads, but what caused it remains unclear.—The Virginian-Pilot

• “The number of COVID-19 deaths in the greater Washington region passed 500 Tuesday with a record one-day increase in reported fatalities, even as local leaders maintained that social distancing measures like closing businesses and schools appear to be working.”—The Washington Post

• Virginia Tech has moved hundreds of classes online, with mixed results. “I was Zoombombed, and it seemed almost quaint, the penis joke that the guy asked me,” one professor said. “I was kind of like, that’s all you got?”—The Roanoke Times

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