COVID-19

A week after the results of widespread testing at the Eastern Shore’s Tyson and Perdue poultry plants revealed about 18 percent of workers were positive for coronavirus, state health statistics still don’t reflect the full case numbers and local officials have not been provided updated figures.Following nationwide outbreaks of...
Empty soap dispensers. An ongoing shortage of masks and gowns. Employees pressured to come into work even if they had symptoms of COVID-19.The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged nursing and long-term care facilities, whose vulnerable patients account for nearly 60 percent of the 1,099 deaths state health officials have so...
An investigation into Virginia school districts’ digital privacy policies reveals data breaches, decade-old guidelines and educators struggling to keep up with fast-moving tech during the coronavirus crisis.By Tom Nash / Virginia Center for Investigative JournalismIllustration by Sam HundleyAs the COVID-19 pandemic swept through Virginia, the state’s largest and wealthiest...
After an initial delay, the Virginia Department of Health on Tuesday released the names of 55 hospitals to receive a share of remdesivir — currently the only drug with proven, though moderate, effects against severe cases of COVID-19.As the Mercury reported last week, Virginia was one of several states...
At a news conference on Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam called nursing homes, which have accounted for more than half of the state's COVID-19 deaths, a "top priority," adding that his administration is doing "everything we can" to take care of them, including the provision of personal protective equipment.“If they...
To hold safe elections later this year, local officials in Virginia say they’ll need about 41,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, almost 600,000 pairs of gloves, 172,000 face masks and 45,000 face shields.In preparation for the opening of polling places throughout the state in June’s congressional primaries and the November...
With Latino Virginians among those with the highest infection rates of the new coronavirus and afflicted by the severe disease it causes – COVID-19 – Latino leaders are asking why government outreach and aid to their sizable community has been negligible.Despite assurances of aggressive assistance by Gov. Ralph Northam...
Plenty has changed in the two weeks since Gov. Ralph Northam announced his plans to gradually reopen Virginia starting Friday.What Northam first described as a widespread reopening with possible regional exceptions (most notably, in Northern Virginia) has become a more piecemeal approach after the governor granted last-minute exemptions to...
WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House on Friday cleared a massive $3 trillion relief bill that's aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic but which faces strong opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate.The sweeping legislation, which passed largely along partisan lines by a vote of 208-199,...
Virginia’s most recent allocation of remdesivir, currently the only drug with proven effects against COVID-19, is enough to treat roughly 36 people — about 3.5 percent of all hospitalized patients with confirmed cases of the disease. The Virginia Department of Health received 10 cases of the drug on Monday, part...