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COVID-19 in Virginia

Most Read Articles April 3, 2020


From VPAP Map, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Data from the Virginia Department of Health shows a timeline of the number of confirmed COVID-19 and a statewide map showing the number of cases by locality. Updated each morning shortly after 9:00 a.m.


Virginia considers delaying raises, minimum wage increase as coronavirus blows huge hole in state budget

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam is considering whether to delay raising Virginia's minimum wage and postpone pay increases for public employees as the state wrestles with a coronavirus pandemic that could drain more than $2 billion from its coffers over the next two years. The crisis will cost Virginia hundreds of millions of dollars this fiscal year, which ends June 30, and is likely to carve $1 billion from each year of the two-year budget the General Assembly approved last month, Finance Secretary Aubrey Layne said.


No, police can’t pull you over just for being on the street under Virginia’s stay-at-home order

By MARGARET MATRAY, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

To combat the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam this week ordered Virginians to stay at home except for limited reasons, including going out to get food, seek medical care, do essential work and exercise. You could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor, which can carry up to a year in jail, for violating parts of the order.


Why Are Virginia’s ABC Stores Considered Essential?


Many businesses have been forced to close under an emergency order issued by Gov. Ralph Northam last week. But liquor is still flying off the shelves at Virginia’s ABC Stores, which Northam classified as essential businesses. Northam is in good company; liquor stores in 49 states and Washington D.C. have remained open during stay-at-home orders caused by the COID-19 pandemic, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, an industry group. Pennsylvania, the lone holdout, began offering online sales on Wednesday after a surge in liquor sales in neighboring states.


16 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia nursing facility

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

A Virginia long-term care facility with one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks announced Thursday that its death toll had reached 16 as new testing confirmed roughly two-thirds of its residents have COVID-19. The Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in suburban Richmond tested all its residents earlier this week after the virus began sweeping through the facility in mid-March, a time when limited supplies and strict policies on who could be tested meant such a response was not possible.


As Coronavirus Spreads, Resilience Gardens Take Root


With people losing jobs and having to stay home they’re at greater risk than ever of not having access to food. Virginia officials say there’s been a 20 to 50-percent spike in visits to food banks since the outbreak of COVID-19. Now a movement is taking root in Richmond to help people grow their own.


The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York. It Has 20 Patients.

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

Such were the expectations for the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort that when it chugged into New York Harbor this week, throngs of people, momentarily forgetting the strictures of social distancing, crammed together along Manhattan’s west side to catch a glimpse. On Thursday, though, the huge white vessel, which officials had promised would bring succor to a city on the brink, sat mostly empty, infuriating executives at local hospitals. The ship’s 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle.


Trump declares major disaster in Virginia. The state has gotten a fraction of the supplies it’s requested.

By MARIE ALBIGES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Virginia, a move that releases federal funds to help the state combat the coronavirus pandemic. The White House said in a news release Thursday money would be available for the state, tribal groups, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures related to COVID-19.


EDITORIAL: Prepare for a long fight

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Here's why Northam's order goes through June 10. One August day in 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II addressed the German troops who were leaving for the front lines of the new war that was at that moment tearing a gash through Luxembourg and Belgium on its way to France. The Kaiser was in a jaunty mood. The great German army would be no match for the French. “You will be home before the leaves fall from the trees,” he assured his troops.


Senators, advocates request delay in minimum wage hike

By DAVID HOLTZMAN, Central Virginian

Pressure is building on Virginia’s Democratic Party legislators to scale back some of the gains they made in the 2020 General Assembly session, as the reality of the coronavirus pandemic begins to weigh on state and local budgets. Several Republican state senators, including Louisa County Sen. Bryce Reeves, asked Gov. Ralph Northam in a March 31 letter to amend or veto bills that “increased taxes or fees, added regulation, or placed new limits on free commerce and economic growth.”