Posts Tagged COVID-19

New Study: More Deaths Can Be Attributed to COVID-19

A new study from Virginia Commonwealth University suggests the death rate from COVID-19 is higher than reported. 

Sandy Hausman spoke with its lead author about the under-count, what some states have done wrong during the pandemic and how this state has performed.

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Officials Hope New VDH Tool Will Help Virginia School Divisions

State health officials continue to roll out more tools to help in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. And as Nick Gilmore reports, they hope the newest one will help school divisions across Virginia.

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Virginia Senate Committee Kills Paid Quarantine Leave Bill

Lawmakers are rejecting an effort to require businesses offer paid quarantine leave. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Working to Balance the Budget… Again

Lawmakers are trying to budget the state out of the red ink created by slumping revenues tied to the economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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Advocates Say There’s Adequate Funding to Reinstate Healthcare Spending

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Faced with uncertainty about the costs of the coronavirus, lawmakers hit pause on plans to spend more money on Medicaid coverage earlier this year. But, in spite of an expected revenue shortfall, policy experts say there’s plenty of money left for healthcare spending. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Virginia Senate Shelves COVID Workers Comp Bill for Now

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Should workers who get COVID-19 be eligible for workers’ compensation? As Michael Pope reports, lawmakers aren’t sure.

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Paid Sick Days Proposal is Dead, but Virginia House Moving Forward With Quarantine Leave

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Efforts to require paid sick days during the pandemic have already fallen apart in the Senate. But, efforts are moving forward in the House for a quarantine leave. Michael Pope reports.

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Bill Adding Civil Penalty for Emergency Order Violations Passes State Senate

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What happens if someone violates the governor’s executive order on the pandemic? Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Want to Ensure a Tuition Freeze Still Happens

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Earlier this year, lawmakers set aside millions of dollars to freeze tuition rates. They shifted course and unallotted that money when COVID-19 cast a shadow of economic doubt, but now, a move to restore those funds has bipartisan support. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Virginia Senate Strikes Down COVID-19 Business Immunity Bill

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Should corporations be immune from lawsuits if customers contract COVID-19? Michael Pope reports.

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Voting in a Pandemic: Drop Box Funding Passes In Virginia House and Senate

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a plan to spend $2 million to help voters cast ballots during the pandemic. But, critics say they are opening the door to vote harvesting and election fraud. Michael Pope has details.

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Voting in a Pandemic: Drop Boxes Legislation Moves Forward in Virginia Senate

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a plan to fund drop boxes for ballots across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Guzman Bill Providing Paid Quarantine Leave Moves to House Appropriations Committee

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Public health officials have recommended self-isolation for people who’ve come down with or come into contact with COVID-19. For many caregivers and workers, staying home means losing days or weeks of wages. Cat Modlin-Jackson has details.

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Committee Kills Vaccine Opt-Out Legislation

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What happens when a vaccine for COVID-19 comes online? Tuesday, Republican lawmakers pushed legislation that would’ve limited mandates on immunizations. Cat Modlin-Jackson has this report.

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COVID-Altered Budget: Can State Lawmakers Squeeze in Funding for Clerk Positions?

StateSeal00Some of Virginia’s understaffed courts won big earlier this year when legislators approved funding for new district clerk positions. But their gain was lost to pandemic budget freezes, leaving court administrators to struggle under the weight of a workload that’s only grown because of COVID-19. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Voting in a Pandemic: State Lawmakers Working to Establish Protections for November Election

General Assembly 2020With a little more than two months to go before the nation’s first pandemic presidential election, lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly are fast tracking a measure to establish socially-distant election protocols. Monday, members of the House of Delegates pushed full speed ahead. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Legislating in the Era of COVID: Zoom Meetings and Electronic Votes

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment says the Senate has never voted on anything virtually, and he warns it will be a “dangerous precedent” to start voting via Zoom during Monday’s Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee meeting.

Members of the Virginia Senate are joining the era of Zoom, voting electronically during a special session. Michael Pope reports.

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ICE Facilities Could Be Subject to Virginia Regulators Under Boysko Legislation

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State regulators may be on their way to inspect detention centers holding people accused of violating immigration laws.

Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Weigh Options to Help Relieve Eviction Crisis

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The economic fallout of COVID-19 has amplified Virginia’s eviction crisis, leaving lawmakers to negotiate a solution that would keep both tenants and landlords from going under. Members of the House and Senate have proposed rules mandating payment agreements, but they’re not entirely on the same page. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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COVID-19 Prompts Cuts to Education in Revised Northam Budget

governor-northam-official-photo_800Governor Northam’s revised budget bill proposes cuts for education and a boost to Medicaid spending. But, the loss for schools isn’t necessarily a gain for healthcare. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

Here’s the full report from the Commonwealth Institute.

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In the Age of COVID-19, Should Every Virginia School Have a Nurse?

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School systems across Virginia are trying to figure out how they can reopen for face-to-face classes. And, they might be getting some help from lawmakers. Michael Pope reports.

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COVID-19 Prompting At Least One State Lawmaker to Rethink License Ceremonies

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The pandemic has upended many aspects of day to day life, including teenagers who get their first driver’s license. And as Michael Pope tells us, lawmakers are considering upending a long-standing tradition.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Should Lawmakers Implement a Court Fee Moratorium?

finesLawmakers are about to arrive in Richmond to start considering a number of criminal justice reforms. One issue that might be on the agenda is a moratorium on court fines and fees. Michael Pope reports.

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Comparing Virginia’s Unemployment with Other Localities Across the Country

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Unemployment in Virginia is currently at 8.4%. That’s a dramatic increase since the pandemic hit. But, metropolitan areas in Virginia are actually doing significantly better than many other cities across the country. Michael Pope reports.

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Balancing the Budget: How Should Virginia Handle Economic Situation Amid the Pandemic?

StateSeal00Lawmakers are headed back to Richmond this month to put together a new budget, one that takes into account the new economic situation presented by the pandemic. And, they’ll be considering a number of proposals for raising new revenue. Michael Pope reports.

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Black Virginians Are Facing a New Onslaught of Job Losses

shareAs the economy opens back up in Virginia, some groups are faring better than others. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Puts More Restrictions on Hampton Roads

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Governor Northam during his Tuesday, July 28th COVID-19 press conference.

State officials are taking additional steps to combat a surge of COVID-19 in Hampton Roads. Nick Gilmore has details.

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COVID-19 and Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles

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The Virginia DMV is encouraging citizens to conduct as much business as they can online. (Credit: Virginia DMV)

Before the pandemic, the Department of Motor Vehicles was the poster child for a slow-moving bureaucracy. Now, as Michael Pope reports frustrations are mounting.

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As the Pandemic Continues, Should Next Month’s Special Session Go Virtual?

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers are about to return to Richmond for a special session to reconsider the budget and take up criminal-justice reform efforts. They’ll probably be there in-person, although Michael Pope reports some House members are pushing for a virtual session.

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State Lawmakers Must Balance Budget Amidst COVID: What Does that Mean for Legislative Priorities?

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As lawmakers prepare to go back to Richmond and put together a revised budget, they’ll be confronting a number of difficult decisions. Michael Pope has this report about one of those decisions involving maternal mortality.

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The Paradox of a Rural County: Few Cases of COVID but a Big Economic Impact

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The Omni Homestead employs 700 people in Bath County. It closed for three months due to COVID, reopening in late June. (Credit: Omni Homestead)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has largely spared rural Virginia, the economies of many communities have taken a big hit. That’s clearly the case in Bath County – a tourist mecca on the West Virginia border where meal and lodging taxes dropped dramatically and unemployment rose to more than 20%. Sandy Hausman paid a visit and filed this report.

And in this report, Sandy Hausman details how locals in Bath County are still hopeful, and how a creative spirit is spreading as they find ways to survive the economic downturn.

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Checking in With Virginia’s Latinx Community Following Passage of Workplace Safety Rules

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Liz Zavala at her job in Harrisonburg. (Credit: Cat Modlin-Jackson)

In May, we brought you the story of a Mexican-American woman whose family was deeply impacted by the spread of COVID-19 in poultry plants. Cat Modlin-Jackson checked in with Liz Zavala after Virginia became the first state to pass mandatory workplace safety rules amidst the pandemic.

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Senator Warner Wants to Protect Workers of Big Businesses

428px-Mark_Warner_113th_Congress_photoAlmost a million jobs in Virginia were preserved by the Paycheck Protection Program, according to new data from the Small Business Administration. But, that doesn’t help people who work for big businesses. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Reaches Grim Milestone: One Million Unemployment Claims in 2020

vecUnemployment claims in Virginia have surpassed an unprecedented milestone: one million claims this year. Now state and federal lawmakers are raising the alarm about a backlog of Virginians still waiting on money. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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State Democrats Split Over Paid Sick Days

virginia_flag_map_0As members of the General Assembly prepare to return to Richmond next month, many of them are looking for a way to make sure workers in Virginia get sick days. Michael Pope reports.

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Congressional Delegation Weighs In: Should Deregulation Efforts Remain Post-Pandemic?

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The Trump administration has aggressively moved to unwind an array of federal regulations since the coronavirus pandemic hit America, and to Virginia lawmakers it’s not as cut and dry – even across party lines. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Becomes First State to Pass Coronavirus Workplace Rules

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia has become the first state to pass mandated health and safety standards for workplaces, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Labor activists are celebrating the new enforceable standards. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Look at the Virginia Cultural Institutions that Received PPP Help

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More than 130 museums, performing arts institutions and historical sites in Virginia received a boost from Paycheck Protection Program loans, according to data released this month by the U.S. Treasury Department. Cat Modlin-Jackson took a look at how that money helped salvage a pandemic summer.

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COVID-19 Hit Vulnerable Communities Hard: What Happens When You’re In More Than One?

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The pandemic has exposed how some communities are more vulnerable than others. But what happens when people are in more than one vulnerable group? Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Faces Hefty Price Tag to Send Kids Back to School

chart(1)The question about when and how to reopen schools isn’t just a question about health and safety. As Michael Pope reports, it’s also a matter of dollars and cents.

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Requirement or Recommendation: How Should Virginia Guide Businesses Reopening Amid COVID-19?

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Businesses across Virginia are reopening, although state leaders are at odds over what kind of requirements they should be facing. Michael Pope reports.

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Packing on Pandemic Pounds: Expert Advice on Avoiding Stress Eating

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College students sometimes joke about the “freshman 15” – the weight they gain from eating more high-calorie food at the campus cafeteria. These days, nutritionists are also talking about the COVID-19 – pounds added during a pandemic. Sandy Hausman spoke with an expert on stress eating and filed this report.

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School Reopening Efforts are Becoming Increasingly Political

StateSeal00School is out for summer. But what happens when classes start again this fall?

Michael Pope has this preview of the coming political debate over the fall semester.

 

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COVID-19 and the 2020 Census

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The count of Virginia’s population this year during the Census is likely to be clouded because of the pandemic. Michael Pope reports.

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As Virginia Considers Workplace Health Requirements, Businesses Are Already Lashing Out

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Virginia is considering strict new workplace safety requirements for businesses that are now reopening. And, the proposed standard is controversial in the business community. Michael Pope reports.

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A Temporary Moratorium on Evictions Will Soon End

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The Supreme Court of Virginia is ending the eviction moratorium, a move that could spell trouble for people caught up in the economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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Voting in a Pandemic: A Look at Safety Precautions for Tuesday’s Primary Elections

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Voters across Virginia will vote in primary elections Tuesday – casting ballots during a pandemic. Michael Pope reports.

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Consumer Behavior: What Have Virginians Been Buying During the Pandemic?

virginia_flag_map_0New numbers from the federal government show how the pandemic is influencing consumer choices in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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State Officials Weighing Emergency Medicaid Services for Undocumented Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants are being hit hard by the COVID-19 health crisis, and access to health care is a major stumbling block for many. But, Virginia could take action to increase availability of testing and treatment. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Schools Face Another Financial Crisis Thanks to COVID-19 and Economic Woes

povertyIn August, lawmakers will return to Richmond for a special session, and money for schools will be one of the key areas they’ll focus on. Michael Pope reports.

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