Posts Tagged COVID-19

Voting in a Pandemic: Should Virginia Move to Mail-In Ballots?

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Should election officials in Virginia move to a system of mail-in ballots? The pandemic is raising new questions about how ballots are cast. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam: Virginians Should Wear Face Masks While in Public

VDH_logoVirginia’s reported COVID-19 case count grew by more than 800 over the weekend. And deaths caused by the illness increased to 54. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Shedding New Light on Collective Bargaining Debate

virginia_flag_map_0Governor Ralph Northam is now considering a huge number of bills on his desk, even as he navigates the state’s response to coronavirus. Michael Pope has this report about one issue that’s being hotly debated now.

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Virginia Prosecutors Face Deadlines Despite Judicial Emergency

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The Supreme Court of Virginia issued a judicial emergency last month in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Credit: Creative Commons)

Any one charged with a crime in Virginia is entitled to a speedy trial. But, as Michael Pope reports, a speedy trial in the age of coronavirus is proving to be a challenge.

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Wednesday Update: Northam says Virginia Peak Coming in Late April to Late May

VDH_logoGovernor Ralph Northam said models suggest COVID-19 cases in Virginia will peak in late April to late May. In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Northam continued to warn that Virginia’s fight against the illness will last months, not weeks. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

 

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Should Northam Reconsider Renewable Energy Legislation in Light of Pandemic?

General Assembly 2020Governor Ralph Northam is now considering hundreds of bills that were passed by lawmakers before the health and economic crisis. Michael Pope reports on one bill that some are asking the governor to rethink.

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COVID-19 Could Stir New Debate Over Virginia’s Minimum Wage

general_assembly_2020Governor Ralph Northam isn’t just dealing with the pandemic. He’s also considering hundreds of bills lawmakers sent to him last month. And, the economic crisis is shining a new light on one potentially critical decision. Michael Pope reports.

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Monday: Virginia Tops 1,000 COVID-19 Cases, Northam Issues “Stay at Home” Order

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Governor Ralph Northam ordered all Virginians to stay at home as COVID-19 cases passed the 1,000 mark Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has further details.

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Forecasting the Pandemic’s Impact on the Virginia Economy

forecastAs unemployment claims mount, many people are worried about the future of the Virginia economy. Michael Pope reports about some potential light at the end of the tunnel.

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Harvard Global Health Institution Projection Shows Virginia Needs More Hospital Bed Capacity

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Is Virginia ready for the potential crush of new patients that may be streaming into hospitals across the Commonwealth? Michael Pope takes a look at the numbers.

You can find more information about the Harvard Global Health Institute projections here.

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Tuesday Update: Two Deaths in Henrico County, First Case in NRV

VDH_logoThe Virginia Department of Health reported at least 290 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including the first in the New River Valley. The Henrico County Health Department also reported two deaths there. Mallory Noe-Payne has more from Governor Ralph Northam’s press briefing Tuesday.

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Lessons Learned from the 1918 Flu Pandemic in Virginia

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The 1918 H1N1 flu virus (Credit: CDC)

The coronavirus crisis is not the first time Virginia has dealt with a major pandemic. Michael Pope has this look back at the flu outbreak 100 years ago and some lessons of what not to do.

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Virginia Political Parties Mulling Convention Options Amid Pandemic

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Political campaigns may be on pause right now because of the coronavirus crisis. But all the deadlines for political parties are still on the calendar. Michael Pope reports.

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Sunday Update: 219 Cases in Virginia, Six People Now Dead

VDH_logoThe death toll rose to six on Sunday, as the Virginia Department of Health announced an additional three people have died from COVID-19. The three women were in their 80’s and had been hospitalized. One of them was a resident of a long-term care facility. They all resided in the department’s Peninsula Health District. Nick Gilmore has details.

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UVA Health System Develops Its Own COVID-19 Test

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The turnaround time for the new tests is about 24 hours. That’s much faster than than the five to six days for some tests at commercial labs. (Credit: Sanjay Suchak / University of Virginia Communications)

Testing for COVID-19 is key to getting the pandemic under control, but labs have found it hard to get the elements they need for tests. At the University of Virginia, two doctors pulled out all the stops and have now come up with their own test – one that yields results in 24 hours. Sandy Hausman has that story.

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A Look at How Small Businesses Can Get Some Help During COVID-19 Outbreak

e0e199acd15b2c54a17de6be507cf7f7Businesses hit hard by the economic crisis are able to apply for small business disaster loans. Michael Pope explains what’s involved with that.

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State Leaders Working to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Virginia’s Prisons and Jails

StateSeal00State leaders have provided prison and jail officials with guidance on preventing the virus’ spread within the state’s correctional system. Nick Gilmore has details.

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COVID-19 Leads to Rare Judicial Emergency in Virginia

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The Supreme Court of Virginia’s judicial emergency will suspend non-essential, non-emergency cases in courthouses across Virginia, including eviction cases. (Credit: Morgan Riley / Creative Commons)

Daily life has changed not just at restaurants and gyms. Much of the action in your local courthouse has also been postponed. Michael Pope reports.

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Some Legislators Call for Virginia General Assembly to Reconvene Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

general_assembly_2020Virginia is in a state of emergency as health officials try to meet the challenge of coronavirus. Does that mean that lawmakers need to return to Richmond? Michael Pope reports.

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Despite Economic Concerns Related to COVID-19, Lawmakers Pass Budget

general_assembly_2020Lawmakers in Richmond gaveled out Thursday on what’s been a historic legislative session. It was the first time Democrats were in charge of the process since the early 1990’s. The final item on their to do list was to pass the state’s two year budget. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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