The long-contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline is cancelled but debate continues over what this means for the future of Virginia’s energy economy.
First announced in 2014, the 600-mile underground pipeline would’ve cut across Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Dominion Energy and Duke Energy pitched the project as a solution to a regional natural gas deficit caused by the widespread retirement of coal-fired electric generation.
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Richmond officials said Monday that they are wary of the increasing COVID-19 cases as the city and state continue to loosen the restrictions meant to curb the virus — but recently improvements have stalled. Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond and Henrico County health districts, said at a City Hall news conference that a sharp decline in cases the city had been recording has slowed.
Virginia reported no known coronavirus-related deaths Monday for the first time in more than three months, while the District lost ground in a key metric after identifying a weeks-old spike in cases. The District, Maryland and Virginia reported 659 new known coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the regional total to more than 146,000 since the start of the pandemic. The daily increase is the smallest number in the three jurisdictions since April 3.
COVID-19 cases increased slightly last week in Virginia for the second week in a row, although the number of deaths during the same period was down a bit. The Virginia Department of Health reported 3,920 new cases for the week ending July 3, up from 3,724 the previous week. The seven-day positivity rate reported Monday is 6.1%, up from a low of 5.8% on June 23.
The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 66,102 — an increase of 2,367 from the 63,735 reported last Thursday before the holiday weekend.
The 66,102 cases consist of 63,339 confirmed cases and 2,763 probable cases. There are 1,853 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,747 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 37 from the 1,816 reported last Thursday.
Centra Health is continuing to restrict visitors to its hospitals and other facilities with “narrow exceptions,” citing safety concerns during the ongoing pandemic.
Centra started restricting visitors March 16, with exceptions that patients receiving pediatric, obstetrical and end-of-life care would be allowed one visitor.
Faced with rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the area and elsewhere and a slew of other concerns, the Charlottesville School Board is torn about how to reopen to students in the fall.
How to reopen schools should be a community decision, Superintendent Rosa Atkins said during Monday’s board meeting, which focused on plans for the coming academic year.
Parents and guardians of students enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools must choose whether their children will subscribe to a hybrid- or distance-learning model in the fall by July 13 at 8 a.m., according to a Monday email to LCPS families.
During its lengthy meeting last week, the Loudoun County School Board endorsed the implementation of a learning model under "Phase 3" reopening in Virginia in which most students will spend two days per week in physical attendance and three days at home, though families can opt out in favor of a 100% long-distance option.
More than 500 people have signed a petition calling for the S. Abingdon Street bridge over I-395 to be renamed “Black Lives Matter Bridge.”
The petition was created amid dueling efforts to place and remove the letters “BLM” on the bridge’s chain link fence, a thus far nonviolent dispute that has resulted in multiple calls to Arlington County police.