COVID-19

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...
Virginia’s colleges and universities weathered the COVID-19 pandemic without a significant loss in enrollment, according to new analysis from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. However, the report did flag a major drop in community college attendance.“Big picture, Virginia colleges dodged a bullet,” said Tom Allison, SCHEV’s...
By Anya Sczerzenie/ Capital News Service Shayla McCartney remembers where she was when the pandemic closed her university. “It was spring break,” said McCartney, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “I was at home with my mom, we were marathoning ‘Gilmore Girls.’ We got the email that said ‘don’t...
More essential workers and Virginians with underlying medical conditions can now access COVID-19 vaccines through major pharmacies across the state, the Virginia Department of Health announced Wednesday.There are currently eight large chains that offer vaccines through a partnership with the federal government, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger and Albertson’s,...
By Morris S. FunkThe pandemic has made this past year unlike any other at Beth Sholom, a senior living center in Henrico.In late February, it seemed we were facing a typical long-term care viral threat, but I could not shake the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach...
In early January, Gov. Ralph Northam warned that the worst of Virginia’s winter surge may not have happened yet. “The virus is worse now than it’s ever been,” he said at a news briefing. At the time, the state had reached an all-time high in daily new cases and hospitalizations...