COVID-19

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for young kids after […]

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As cases climb again, just how accurate are rapid antigen tests? Two testing experts explain.

BY: - May 17, 2022

By Nathaniel Hafer and Apurv Soni As of May 2022, the U.S. is experiencing another uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. High rates of infection in Europe and Asia, along with the continued emergence of new sub-variants, such as omicron BA.4 and BA.5, raise concerns that another surge could be on the way. Even […]

New federal programs offer Virginia households a subsidy for affordable high-speed internet  

BY: - May 17, 2022

Federal and state officials are rolling out a fleet of new programs in an expansive effort to bring faster and less expensive internet to all Virginians, especially those who have had trouble connecting in the past. The Biden administration announced last week an agreement with internet providers that will effectively offer free internet access to […]

Emerging subvariants are driving Virginia’s rise in COVID-19 cases

BY: - May 4, 2022

For the first time since February, Virginia’s percent positivity — the percentage of lab-tested COVID-19 samples that come back positive — has risen above 10 percent as new infections continue to increase across the state. Experts say the uptick in cases, which mirrors nationwide trends, is driven by more infectious subvariants of the already highly […]

Self-harm is rising among children and teens in Virginia, new report finds

BY: - May 2, 2022

Self-harm among children in Virginia — already rising before the COVID-19 pandemic — has continued to increase over the last two years, reinforcing concerns that the virus could exacerbate an existing mental health crisis. The data, released last week by the Virginia Department of Health, is part of a new push to highlight work by […]

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What is Paxlovid and how will it help the fight against coronavirus?

BY: - April 29, 2022

By Patrick Jackson The Biden administration announced plans on April 26, 2022, to increase the availability of the COVID-19 drug Paxlovid, vowing to get more of the treatment pills into the hands of Americans. An oral antiviral, Paxlovid has proved successful at reducing the chances of hospitalization among COVID-19 sufferers, but has suffered from a […]

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Youngkin and Miyares’ appeal of mask ruling is a harsh publicity stunt

BY: - April 28, 2022

Who will benefit from the appeal of a federal court ruling – sought by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Attorney General Jason Miyares and other administration officials – that would challenge whether 12 students with serious health problems can legally ask classmates and teachers to continue to wear masks? Certainly not the overwhelmingly majority of public school […]

White House pushes COVID antiviral amid funding stalemate with Congress

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration hopes that a new push to get a COVID-19 antiviral into more pharmacies, along with getting the message through to doctors that it’s no longer in short supply, will help reduce hospitalizations. The plan to ship out more of the antiviral comes as Congress returns from a recess this week […]

Despite pandemic’s hit on supply chains, business is booming at the Port of Virginia

BY: - April 22, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH — Not long into his “State of the Port” address before a packed oceanfront hotel ballroom in Virginia Beach, Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director Stephen A. Edwards shared a journalist’s comment to him: “Congratulations on being the least newsworthy port.” During a tumultuous 2021 that included an unrelenting pandemic, widespread supply-chain […]

Youngkin wants to further loosen hiring requirements for health district directors

BY: - April 21, 2022

An amendment sought by Gov. Glenn Youngkin would significantly loosen criteria on who could lead local health departments, giving the state’s commissioner of health broad authority to appoint anyone they deemed qualified. The proposed changes to legislation passed by the General Assembly have raised eyebrows among some local health officials amid concerns over waning trust […]

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A workers’ market, in Virginia and elsewhere, awaits anyone still on the sidelines

BY: - April 21, 2022

Norfolk’s top administrator wants to raise the minimum wage for municipal employees by an eye-popping $6 an hour, to $18, in the budget year starting July 1. The city has more than 800 vacancies out of 4,844 permanent positions.  Chesapeake, the state’s second-largest city, would boost its minimum wage from $11.17 an hour to $15. […]

CDC concludes a mask mandate is still needed for travelers, clearing way for court battle

BY: - April 20, 2022

The Biden administration will fight a court decision for the authority to mandate masks on airplanes, trains and other public transit, following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation Wednesday night that a mandate was still needed. The CDC said in a statement that the mandate keeps transportation safer for immunocompromised people and the greater public. […]