COVID-19

A surge of new COVID-19 cases on Virginia’s daily dashboard was attributed to a data backlog earlier this week.The Virginia Department of Health registered 2,015 new cases on Friday — a significant increase from the state’s typical numbers, which have largely hovered between 900 and 1,300 daily reported infections...
A divided Virginia Supreme Court renewed an eviction moratorium sought by Gov. Ralph Northam, with a four-justice majority issuing an order Friday barring further hearings for non-payment of rent until Sept. 7.The majority wrote that the coronavirus pandemic continues to qualify as a disaster under state code that allows...
By the Rev. Dr. Keith Savage, the Rev. Clyde W. Ellis, Jr. and the Rev. James V. JordanAs pastors of African-American congregations, we are gripped with uneasiness and frustration about the potential of hundreds of thousands of people in our congregations and around Virginia potentially losing their homes because...
Virginia became the first state in the country Wednesday to roll out smartphone software developed jointly by Google and Apple aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19.Called COVIDWISE, the app alerts users if they were in close contact with other users who later tested positive for the virus.State health...
Virginia health officials launched a smartphone app Wednesday that alerts users if they were in close contact with other app users who later test positive for COVID-19.Called COVIDWISE, the software's release makes Virginia the first state to begin using a technology platform created by Google and Apple with the...
Gov. Ralph Northam wrote to Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Don Lemons at the end of last month asking that he renew a moratorium on evictions that expired at the end of June.A little over a week later, Northam’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, says the governor hasn’t received a...
The state hasn’t purchased the tests yet.But on Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia was entering into a six-state agreement to explore the possibility of purchasing 500,000 rapid antigen tests for COVID-19. In a letter of intent to the Rockefeller Foundation, a multibillion-dollar public health nonprofit that’s leading its...
By Dr. Todd A. ParkerImagine your house is on fire.You call 911, the fire department responds, puts the fire out, and saves your house. Now imagine the government decides they want to spend less on fire department costs, so they create a list of “preventable causes of fires,”...
In March, the nation watched in horror as refrigerated trucks appeared outside hospitals in New York City to handle the overflow of bodies of people who died from COVID-19.In July, more than four months after the pandemic was declared, Texas and Arizona were among states requesting the morgue trucks...
Legislation to mandate more nurses in Virginia’s K-12 schools has been filed — and defeated — regularly in the state’s General Assembly over the last five years.But amid a global pandemic and continuing debate over reopening schools this fall, legislators on both sides of the aisle are hoping to...