Va. leaders ask for help with COVID-19 outbreak in Farmville, outbreaks hit mental health hospitals, horse racing back at Colonial Downs, and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia’s U.S. senators have asked federal health officials for assistance dealing with a coronavirus outbreak at a privately run immigrant detention facility in Farmville. — Washington Post

• Two Virginia mental health hospitals have temporarily halted new admissions due to COVID-19 outbreaks in an already overcrowded system. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• About 8 in 10 Virginians say they usually wear masks when they leave home, according to a Hampton University poll. — Daily Press

• A Virginia Beach couple say they were told to quarantine because a nurse their insurance company had sent to their home had tested positive for COVID-19. — WAVY

• After losing his seat in Congress, GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman says he’s considering a run for governor, possibly as a third-party candidate. “The Virginia Republican Party is so broken,” he told Bloomberg Radio. — Bloomberg

• The NAACP branch in Arlington wants the county to change its seal and logo that features Arlington House, the former home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The NAACP called the image a “racist plantation symbol.” — ARLnow

• A former Virginia State Police helicopter technician won’t face jail time for falsifying a maintenance log that authorities said could have caused a crash. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Disability rights advocates have filed a lawsuit over the state’s absentee voting procedures, arguing the hard-copy forms don’t accommodate people who are blind, vision-impaired or have trouble writing. — WRIC

• Horse racing is back at Colonial Downs, but with no fans and smaller purses for participants. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The ACC released its pandemic-era college football schedule, which includes more in-conference games and the addition of Notre Dame. — Roanoke Times

• Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley announced he’ll opt out of the upcoming season, becoming the first major college player to do so. “Though the competitor in me badly wants to play this season, I cannot ignore what’s going on in my heart and I must make the decision that brings me the most peace,” he said. — NBC Sports

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