HEALTH

Jess Reingold, a web project manager who lives in Alexandria, has lots of ideas for Virginia’s COVIDWISE app, which was the first software system in the nation to alert users if they’ve had a close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.“There isn’t much to see or do in...
As Virginia begins its first earnest conversations about legalizing recreational marijuana, the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry is just getting off the ground. The first producer opened in Bristol last month. The remaining three licensees in Richmond, Portsmouth and Manassas aim to begin serving patients by the end of...
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, fatal drug overdoses have exploded in Virginia, and health officials are predicting “the worst year on record by far” for such deaths in the commonwealth.From January through June, at least 1,086 Virginians died from overdoses of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and...
As COVID-19 cases surge across Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam announced new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus across the state.The guidelines, announced in a news release on Friday, cap all public and private gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, at 25 attendees — a dramatic reduction from the...
Faced with the approaching holiday season and surging Virginia COVID-19 case numbers — the highest at any point during the pandemic so far — Gov. Ralph Northam reminded Virginians Tuesday about basic public health steps: hand-washing, masks and taking precautions with gatherings. “I’m not saying don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but if...
WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned.States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an...
By Lisa C. Lindley, University of TennesseeThe Affordable Care Act once again is headed for a date with the Supreme Court, with health insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans possibly on the line in a case that will be heard Nov. 10, 2020.But a much smaller group...
One of Virginia’s top health officials is warning medical providers about a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks in state hospitals.Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver released a new clinician letter on Friday, writing that reported COVID-19 infections in hospitals have “increased substantially” since August.“The largest monthly number of hospital COVID-19...
Dr. Karen Shelton, director of the Mount Rogers Health District in the far corner of Southwest Virginia, was prepared for the holiday season to launch a potential surge of new COVID-19 cases from mid-December to late January.But she didn’t expect the region’s current case burden, which began to rise...
Virginia’s COVID-19 infections are increasing again, but the latest spike is targeting the Southwest — a region that largely avoided significant case growth for much of the pandemic.Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that he currently has no plans to place the area under more stringent safety restrictions or step...