COVID-19

Virginia data suggests that children and younger adults are contributing in a major way to the continued spread of COVID-19 — a trend that’s worrying health officials as the state continues a vaccination campaign described by many experts as “a race between variants and the vaccine.”“The overall number of...
One of Dr. Riva Kamat’s most jarring memories from the past year was an 11-year-old patient struggling to breathe.“He was COVID-positive, he was doing initially quite well, and then he started going downhill very quickly from a respiratory standpoint,” said Kamat, a pediatric hospital physician at Inova health system...
Virginia is one of a growing number of states exploring testing as a way to combat COVID-19 in K-12 schools.Dr. Laurie Forlano, a deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Health, said the agency is launching a pilot program to provide rapid antigen tests to schools across the state....
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that the state will expand vaccine eligibility to all Virginians 16 and older by April 18.The news puts Virginia nearly two weeks ahead of the May 1 deadline set by President Joe Biden earlier this month. In a news release, the administration said that...
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December.Three months later, a States Newsroom survey across 22 states — making up a large swath of Congress — found at least 155...
By Jennifer T. Grier, University of South CarolinaA few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people who have recently had COVID–19 getting the vaccine?” A friend of mine was eligible for a COVID–19 vaccine, but she had recently...
In late September, when Virginia health officials launched a dashboard that detailed outbreaks in K-12 schools across the state, it was applauded as a long-needed step toward more transparency — and a relief for parents hesitant over the prospect of sending their children back to the classroom.Six months later,...
State health officials say they’re working to reconfigure vaccine distribution to match geographic demand after a walk-in clinic in Danville, which has already moved into phase 1c, was swamped by out-of-towners.It’s the latest wrinkle in the state’s vaccine distribution effort, which after a rocky roll-out has dramatically ramped up...
With COVID-19 cases down after a winter surge, and with nearly a quarter of the population having received at least one dose of vaccine, Gov. Ralph Northam is again rolling back some of Virginia’s pandemic restrictions — cautiously.At a Tuesday news briefing, the governor announced the expansion of the...
Nearly 70 percent of people incarcerated in Virginia prisons have received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine and more than half have been fully vaccinated, according to state officials.“All inmates and staff have been offered the chance to get the COVID vaccine at this point,” said Department of Corrections...