COVID-19

Virginia was the first state in the country to mandate emergency workplace precautions against COVID-19 this summer. Now, with the temporary rules set to expire, state officials are weighing whether to make them permanent.The state’s Safety and Health Codes Board is scheduled to take up the issue during a...
Public health officials in Virginia plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to inmates in state prisons and local jails when they begin the next phase of their rollout plan, according to a schedule released this week.“I’m hoping it’s in days, not months,” said Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran....
Gov. Ralph Northam acknowledged Wednesday that Virginia needs to speed up the pace of its COVID-19 vaccinations, announcing a “you use it or you lose it policy” prodding health care providers to administer the shots to more residents.“I want you to empty those freezers and get shots in arms,”...
Third and fourth-year medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University came back from winter break expecting to resume clinical rounds, a key part of their curriculum that allows students to take a hands-on role in patient care.Instead, at a Jan. 1 meeting, faculty from the medical school’s Office of Student...
The tendency is to just dismiss 2020 by saying it sucked (it did) and bidding it good riddance. We’d like to toss it out like last night’s fish dinner and move on.It’s not that easy. Yes, 2020 was brutal and painful. We’re going to grieve what we lost, and...
Virginia State Sen. A. Benton "Ben" Chafin Jr., R-Russell, has died of COVID-19, the Senate Republican leadership announced Friday evening.“Tonight, as the Senate of Virginia comes to grips with this tremendous and untimely loss caused by COVID-19, our sympathy and prayers are with Ben’s wife, Lora Lee, their children...
Earlier this month, Virginia received 285,725 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, shipping them to hospitals and local health departments over the past two weeks. But less than a quarter of those vaccines — 54,295 — have actually been administered as of Wednesday, according to data from the state Department of...
If Americans are going to receive the latest coronavirus stimulus payment through a government-provided debit card, they should not have to pay fees, U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, and other lawmakers said in a letter to the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Congress has approved new stimulus payments of up...
By Angela CiolfiThe CDC guidance released on Sunday night leaves many heart-wrenching decisions to state and local governments regarding who will be given priority access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine. We know these decisions are difficult, and we hope that Virginia officials will take this opportunity to follow the...
Businesses that had been facing a hefty increase in payroll taxes next year tied to widespread layoffs amid the pandemic will get at least a year-long reprieve, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced Tuesday.“This will prevent Virginia’s struggling businesses from having to devote critical resources to higher state payroll taxes,”...