COVID-19

At first, it seemed like a promising lead.In late March, the Virginia Department of Health — a key player in the state’s unified command team responding to the COVID-19 pandemic — reached out to the U.S. Navy, which operates its largest base in Norfolk.Bob Mauskapf, the director of VDH’s...
So the much-vaunted swans had been in the Venetian canals all this time, and the dolphins had never been there at all.Bummer. But not every bit of news you’ve heard about the positive environmental byproducts of the pandemic has been fake. Case in point: air emissions. Whether carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide...
When is a good doctor not necessarily the best person to put in charge of the response on behalf of 8.5 million people to the worst viral pandemic in 102 years?When that governor isn’t also a great project manager.A dozen weeks into the extended nightmare that the novel coronavirus...
By Jamie RowenAs the nation takes a day to memorialize its military dead, those who are living are facing a deadly risk that has nothing to do with war or conflict: the coronavirus.Different groups face different degrees of danger from the pandemic, from the elderly who are experiencing deadly...
By William PetriAs we return to some degree of normalcy after weeks of social distancing, we all need a plan. As an immunologist, I’ve given this a lot of thought personally and professionally.When I venture out, I am first going to check the number of new COVID-19 infections in...
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...