COVID-19

To hold safe elections later this year, local officials in Virginia say they’ll need about 41,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, almost 600,000 pairs of gloves, 172,000 face masks and 45,000 face shields.In preparation for the opening of polling places throughout the state in June’s congressional primaries and the November...
With Latino Virginians among those with the highest infection rates of the new coronavirus and afflicted by the severe disease it causes – COVID-19 – Latino leaders are asking why government outreach and aid to their sizable community has been negligible.Despite assurances of aggressive assistance by Gov. Ralph Northam...
Plenty has changed in the two weeks since Gov. Ralph Northam announced his plans to gradually reopen Virginia starting Friday.What Northam first described as a widespread reopening with possible regional exceptions (most notably, in Northern Virginia) has become a more piecemeal approach after the governor granted last-minute exemptions to...
WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. House on Friday cleared a massive $3 trillion relief bill that's aimed at blunting the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic but which faces strong opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate.The sweeping legislation, which passed largely along partisan lines by a vote of 208-199,...
Virginia’s most recent allocation of remdesivir, currently the only drug with proven effects against COVID-19, is enough to treat roughly 36 people — about 3.5 percent of all hospitalized patients with confirmed cases of the disease. The Virginia Department of Health received 10 cases of the drug on Monday, part...
Folks who criticized Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for limiting the size of church services the past several weeks – including opportunists in the Trump administration – acted as if the guv were denying residents their right to practice religion. It’s an odd stance since the regulations, in the face of...
Businesses from shopping malls to barber shops are making plans to reopen Friday under Gov. Ralph Northam’s loosened stay-at-home restrictions.But for now, the more than 300,000 people receiving unemployment benefits through the state won’t have to go out every week looking for jobs to continue receiving weekly checks.Northam’s chief...
Last month, as it was becoming apparent that Virginia was lagging other states in testing capacity and struggling to procure enough protective gear for long-term care facilities, first responders and hospitals, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration announced it had reached a deal with global consulting firm McKinsey and Company to...
Questioned earlier this week about Virginia's practice of sweeping still-questionable antibody tests into its total count of COVID-19 tests preformed, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration claimed it was using the same methodology as several other states.That's not true, according to The Atlantic, which checked with the three jurisdictions the Department...
With many government offices in Virginia closed for face-to-face business due to the coronavirus pandemic, new voter registrations in April plummeted from levels typically seen in high-interest presidential election years.The state saw just 5,467 new voter registrations in April, a 73 percent drop from the same month in 2016...