COVID-19

A little more than a month after Gov. Ralph Northam implemented a statewide mask mandate, the Virginia Department of Health has fielded more than 3,000 complaints related to the order.Follow-up, though, has been almost universally limited to "outreach and assistance," according to VDH and more than a dozen local...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt practically every sector of society, life literally goes on. There were 22,965 births in Virginia between March 1 and Monday.And the United Nations estimates 116 million babies will be born globally before the pandemic ends. The uncertain nature of COVID-19 has...
Virginia’s Medicaid enrollment has increased by 55,000 more people than anticipated since a March 12 declaration of emergency at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid climb in enrollment numbers comes with questions about how the state will shoulder the costs if federal aid ends before Virginia's economy...
Virginia’s third phase of reopening will come with a new way of monitoring COVID-19.The surveillance program, announced at a Thursday news conference, comes amid declining trends in coronavirus statistics and a growing sense that state leaders consider the pandemic in Virginia under control — at least for now. At...
Roughly half the clients at Neighborhood Health, a chain of medical clinics across Northern Virginia, are Latino. Executive Director Dr. Basim Khan said the nonprofit is well aware of the health disparities that patients often face. Still, he added, it’s been “disturbing” to witness the disproportionate burden that COVID-19...
Gov. Ralph Northam says a rent and mortgage relief program will be ready to launch Monday, the same day courts around the state can begin hearing a backlog of more than 12,000 eviction cases that were put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.Advocates called it an impossibly tight turnaround,...
They didn’t take any final votes or even discuss the content of the proposed regulations, but a state board weighing what could become the country’s first pandemic workplace safety rules agreed in principal Wednesday to press ahead with the sweeping new mandates.“In this moment, I think we need to...
Virginia will move into the next phase of its gradual reopening plan on July 1, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday.Phase 3, which significantly lifts many of the restrictions set in place at the beginning of the state’s COVID-19 pandemic, has been eagerly anticipated since Northam outlined new guidelines last...
Until Friday morning, even leaders in the long-term care industry had no idea the state was about to reverse course on releasing the names of nursing homes and assisted living facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks. The sudden move came after months of the Virginia Department of Health insisting that state law...
Traffic is back.Car and truck volume trends in Virginia are moving back toward normal after plummeting during the COVID-19 shutdown, according to numbers released Friday by the Virginia Department of Transportation.Pandemic traffic on state-maintained interstates and primary roads hit a low on April 12, a Sunday when volumes for...