Virginia launches vaccine registration system, Sussex’s vanished health department, Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press part of hedge fund sale, and more headlines

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• Virginia launched its new COVID-19 vaccine registration system Tuesday. There were a few hiccups, including the continued use of Google Translate to present forms in Spanish.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A surge in COVID-19 cases and the presence of a more contagious virus variant led UVA officials to ban all in-person events and gatherings.—Daily Progress

• Sussex County officials are upset at the state after their local health department abruptly shut down last March just as the pandemic began. “They just quite frankly disappeared,” said one county supervisor. “They shut the doors and went away.”—WRIC 

• Fairfax County schools reopened for some in-person classes Tuesday for the first time since the pandemic began.—Washington Post

• North Carolina is tightening its policies against “vaccine tourism” after former Virginia Gov. George Allen posted on social media that he had gotten a shot in Elizabeth City to avoid the “fumbling, halting” system in Virginia.—WRAL

•  Del. Kirk Cox, a Republican candidate for governor, said the state should use its $730 million budget windfall to send relief checks to Virginians. Democratic leaders dismissed it as a campaign ploy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A bill to ban the personal use of campaign funds is still advancing in the General Assembly, an apparent breakthrough on a proposal that has stalled for years.—Associated Press

• Tribune, the newspaper publisher that owns The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press, has agreed to be sold to Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund known for cutting costs and gutting newsrooms.—WAVY

• Roanoke’s mayor apologized for appearing to suggest a girls’ basketball team’s regional championship win was less meaningful because lots of other schools aren’t playing due to COVID-19.—Roanoke Times

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