COVID-19

Virginia health officials reported the first death from COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus that has swept from country to country since emerging in China late last year, sickening more than 142,000 and killing nearly 5,400 worldwide as of Saturday morning.The Virginia Department of Health said a...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill.The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic...
In early February — just a few weeks after the U.S. confirmed its first case of coronavirus transmission — it wasn’t a question of when the University of Virginia would develop its own test for the virus. It was a question of whether to do it.“We were trying to...
Demetrice Taylor works as a clerk at 7-Eleven in downtown Richmond, but with schools around the state closed for at least two weeks, she said that’s about to change.“Yeah I’m quitting,” she said as she walked down the street with her 4-year-old daughter who attends a public pre-school, “because...
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said the state ordered $2.7 million in respirator masks as part of its ongoing effort to respond to the growing spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus.The catch? The state isn’t sure when the shipment will arrive....
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia nearly doubled between Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 17. The health department is currently reporting six hospitalizations and no deaths.—Virginia Department of Health• Richmond and Henrico public schools announced they would close...
The U.S. government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of a new coronavirus that causes an illness called COVID-19. Testing is central to these efforts. Molecular biologist and viral researcher Maureen Ferran answers some basic questions about how these diagnostic tests work – and if there...
State officials bumped elbows instead of shaking hands. Two senators asked to delay a crucial budget vote. And Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, delivered an impassioned plea for an extended session — a request that earned him groans on the floor of the House of Delegates.It was a dramatic end...
The two coronavirus briefings, separated by about 100 miles, were nearly contemporaneous Wednesday.“We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are now," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, in response to...
As Virginia works to preserve its own limited stockpile of tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by a strain of novel coronavirus, health officials are encouraging residents who don’t meet the state’s risk assessment to pursue testing through private labs.The messaging comes less than a week after LabCorp and...