COVID-19

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...
WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over.“Is the worst yet to come?” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National...
WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis.The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested...
For months, a handful of Virginia lawmakers had been pushing legislation that would grant access to paid sick time to thousands of workers.But their pitch grew increasingly pointed as the proposal came down to the wire in the final days of the General Assembly and state officials confirmed the...
By Lynn Carey The new COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to pandemic proportions, infecting thousands of people as it makes its way from continent to continent. The world needs a coronavirus vaccine now — one that is accessible to everyone and prioritizes saving lives over profits for the pharmaceutical industry.  I have...
About 800 people have perished in the past year in Virginia from the flu. Other than the standard precautions (flu shots, wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick), influenza is regarded as it historically has been – a difficult fact of life.COVID-19, the precise name the medical community...
Health experts in Fairfax County are releasing few details on the state’s first two presumed positive cases of novel coronavirus.But they did tell Virginians that the risk to the general population is “extremely low” in a news conference that left several questions unanswered, including the name of the cruise...
Gov. Ralph Northam and state health officials repeatedly reiterated a reassuring message throughout their first news conference on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that’s spread to 16 states and at least 129 patients since cases of the virus first emerged in the United States in January.“Virginia is not an area...
By Kim BoboVirginia’s failure to require employers to offer paid sick days, combined with the coronavirus outbreak, could contribute to a public health emergency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that a coronavirus outbreak  in America is “imminent.”  In Virginia, the Department of Health has monitored 279 travelers...