COVID-19

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, throwing the presidential campaign into a new uproar.“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters...
As the Virginia General Assembly moves into the final stretches of a special session that’s lasted for more than six weeks, House and Senate lawmakers will meet to reconcile two different budget plans that, in some cases, propose significantly different funding for legislative priorities including police reform and child...
Early head counts from Virginia’s colleges and universities show an overall 1.3 percent decline in student enrollment this fall — a total of 6,658 students, according to a new report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.Spokeswoman Laura Osberger said it was the first time that SCHEV...
Fisheries managers are close to being able to roll out relief for Virginia’s hard-hit fishing industries, although a small federal allocation to the commonwealth means payments aren't likely to be large, Virginia Marine Resources Commission officials said Tuesday morning. “Because there was so little funding and such great economic damage,...
WASHINGTON — Members of Virginia's congressional delegation from both political parties are pressing the U.S. Department of Justice’s internal watchdogs to include two state correctional facilities in the agency’s ongoing inspections during the pandemic.In a Sept. 24 letter to DOJ’s Inspector General, the lawmakers raised concerns about unsafe health and safety...
As schools begin to reopen for in-person instruction and the state gradually relaxes COVID-19 restrictions, the Virginia Department of Health is launching a new dashboard it says will help guide decision-making by local governments. The pandemic metrics data aims to assess the burden of disease by displaying eight different statistics...
Until the pandemic hit, Cate Garstang said her life was going pretty normally. She gave birth to her son, Andy, in May 2019 and was back to work as an office assistant in Richmond by the end of July. For the next several months, Andy was in daycare while...
Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Friday morning news release.On Wednesday, they were "notified that a member of the governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19,"...
A Virginia Senate committee swiftly killed a bill that would extend COVID-19-related workers’ compensation to first responders, teachers and health care providers.The Thursday vote ended any chance of expanding coverage during the ongoing special session — now in its fifth week — and marked another blow for House Democratic...
Lawyers representing Virginia prisoners are asking the state to install an independent expert to evaluate the Department of Corrections’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.The request comes as COVID-19 cases surge and the death toll rises amid an ongoing outbreak at Deerfield Correctional Center, which houses elderly and medically vulnerable...