HEALTH

Empty soap dispensers. An ongoing shortage of masks and gowns. Employees pressured to come into work even if they had symptoms of COVID-19.The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged nursing and long-term care facilities, whose vulnerable patients account for nearly 60 percent of the 1,099 deaths state health officials have so...
After an initial delay, the Virginia Department of Health on Tuesday released the names of 55 hospitals to receive a share of remdesivir — currently the only drug with proven, though moderate, effects against severe cases of COVID-19.As the Mercury reported last week, Virginia was one of several states...
At a news conference on Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam called nursing homes, which have accounted for more than half of the state's COVID-19 deaths, a "top priority," adding that his administration is doing "everything we can" to take care of them, including the provision of personal protective equipment.“If they...
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...
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...
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...
As Gov. Ralph Northam prepares to gradually reopen parts of Virginia on Friday, a new health metric has emerged as a key factor in his decision-making. While the state has seen a growth in total COVID-19 cases as testing increases, Northam said he’s looking more closely at what the...
For six weeks, the Virginia Department of Health has been allowing local health districts to release the names and addresses of individuals with COVID-19 to 911 dispatch centers.The policy — first ordered by Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver, according to internal emails from VDH — was introduced at a time...
WASHINGTON — Hospitalization for a gallbladder condition didn’t stop U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from assailing Trump administration’s birth control rules on Wednesday.Ginsburg, 87, was hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday night, but was animated as she participated in an oral argument via teleconference surrounding a...
Nearly 300 nursing homes across Virginia are scheduled to receive a seven-day supply of personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Facilities aren’t likely to get a heads-up before their shipment arrives, according to a presentation from the governor’s COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force (assembled in mid-April to...