COVID-19

Considering the scope of a virus that has killed nearly 700,000 people, wrecked national economies and brought superpowers to their knees, a fall without high school football seems barely worth a footnote in the already voluminous tragedy that is 2020.This pathogen from hell has already deprived the world of...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic.The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in...
Congress is continuing to squabble over whether to extend a federal supplement to unemployment insurance and if they do, by how much.But as they argue over whether to continue the supplement at $600 a week or some fraction of that, out-of-work Americans are left to worry whether they can...
A new poll from the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs found that approval ratings for Gov. Ralph Northam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have dropped 15 percentage points since a similar survey in April.Even with the decline, 61 percent...
A surge of COVID-19 cases in the Hampton Roads region is putting a strain on the area’s contact tracing workforce, Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said during a Wednesday news briefing.“In the Virginia Beach area, for example, we’ve had to supplement the contact tracing with help from other...
If you take state Sen. Steve Newman at his word, he merely wants to recalibrate the relationship between the executive and legislative branches when an emergency strikes – like during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The Lynchburg Republican has introduced a bill for next month’s special session that would limit the...
It started with a scolding — and a vow to crack down on businesses that weren’t following the state’s safety orders.Now, with cases rising throughout many parts of Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he was implementing new restrictions in Hampton Roads, a region he cited for one...
Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the Trump administration’s top advisers during the coronavirus pandemic, is urging Virginia to adopt tighter safety standards as cases in the commonwealth continue to climb.Birx met with Gov. Ralph Northam and other administration officials on Tuesday, the last stop of a five-state tour including...
By Tram Nguyen and Elaine PoonBy midnight on the 25th, the federal eviction moratorium imposed by the CARES Act expired.  Days after that, the additional unemployment benefits will as well.  An eviction crisis is upon us, but two branches of Virginia’s government are pointing fingers and playing a dangerous game with...
Data from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute show that roughly a third of the commonwealth’s health districts are showing “sustained growth” in COVID-19 cases — what computational epidemiologist Bryan Lewis said could be described as a surge.“What it basically means is over the past couple of weeks, there...