COVID-19

At a news conference Wednesday, Virginia Health Secretary Dr. Daniel Carey provided the firmest estimates to date on the state’s capacity to respond to a surge of coronavirus cases. Virginia has nearly 2,000 licensed ICU beds, each with access to ventilators and other respiratory support equipment, he said. Those supplies...
With businesses around the state shutting down and cutting hours to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it’s dramatically expanding the state’s unemployment insurance program to get money to more workers idled by the pandemic. “We know rent and other bills won’t wait,” he said during...
Amid a growing epidemic of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, there’s a glaring spotlight on fundamental medical equipment. Hospital beds and ventilators have become a matter of national concern, with federal experts citing limited supplies and possible shortages if there’s a surge in coronavirus-related hospitalizations....
The Virginia Department of Elections says voters will be allowed and encouraged to cast ballots by mail in May's municipal elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. State law requires voters to have a excuse in order to cast an absentee ballot, but officials have determined that the coronavirus outbreak...
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the agency that exists to handle the state's crisis response functions, is relying on telecommuting and limiting access to its emergency operations center after one of its own employees tested positive for COVID-19. VDEM spokesman Dillon Taylor said the unidentified employee is recovering and...
The Virginia Department of Health announced Monday that a man in his 70s died of respiratory failure caused by the COVID-19, the state's second death associated with the new coronavirus. The first  — another man in his 70s — was announced Saturday. Both deaths occurred in the Peninsula Health District...
Virginia officials delivered a small measure of relief to low-income residents Monday, ordering electric, natural gas and water companies to suspend service disconnections until the spread of COVID-19 is contained. Meanwhile, eviction and debt collection lawsuits are being continued temporarily under a broader “judicial emergency” declared by the Supreme Court...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Coronavirus news:  • A Chesterfield County man has tested positive for the virus, the first known case in the county. — Chesterfield Observer  • Dr. Michael McDermott, president and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare and chairman of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s COVID-19...
The second week of March crashed upon an unsuspecting America with a force that only a precious and dwindling handful of Americans can appreciate. In a twinkling, life as we knew it ended, swept away in a global tsunami of panic over COVID-19, a virus that science doesn’t fully understand...
Starting Sunday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam banned any public event with more than 100 people — part of new measures to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. But he stopped short of a mandatory statewide quarantine or new restrictions on bars...