Month: March 2020

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Virginia Legal Aid Society remains open during outbreak

March 30, 2020

Virginia Legal Aid Society wants you to know that it’s remaining openduring the COVID-19 outbreak, using law to resolve problems affectingthe basics of life for low-income families and individuals.  Lawline, its telephone intake and advice system, remains open during itsnormal business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.to 3:30 p.m., at 866-534-5243 (866-LEGL-AID). VLAS […]

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Coronavirus hinders Bay cleanup efforts, seafood industry

March 30, 2020

BJN – Watermen have no restaurants that can buy their catches. Help forfarmers who want to install runoff controls has been sharply curtailed.Streams throughout the region are missing their annual spring cleaning.And many students are losing their chance to experience the ChesapeakeBay firsthand. The impact of the novel coronavirus, barely on the radar only a […]

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PHOTO: Richard Wenzel, center, Francis Macrina and Michael Donnenberg at a 2018 lecture.

Comparing COVID-19 with Spanish flu and other viral outbreaks

March 30, 2020

By Joan Tupponce Viral outbreaks are a natural part of life, said Richard P. Wenzel,M.D., chair emeritus and professor of the Department of InternalMedicine at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. “We tend to get surprised every time we have a new outbreak of a virusthat causes an epidemic,” said Wenzel, an infectious disease specialist.“There […]

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Trump on COVID-19: Time for Americans to get back to work

March 25, 2020

PW – As the number of coronavirus cases skyrockets across the country, Donald Trump is saying the country should reopen the economy in weeks, not months. Without citing a shred of evidence, he is claiming that the shutdown can cause more deaths than the pandemic itself. His claims sharply contradict everything the public health experts […]

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VCU researchers begin clinical trials on COVID-19 investigational drug

March 24, 2020

Arun Sanyal, M.D., a liver specialist and gastroenterologist at VCU Health, is leading clinical trials of an investigational drug for patients with moderate and severe symptoms of COVID-19 and the virus responsible for the disease, SARS-Cov-2. The investigational antiviral drug remdesivir was developed by Gilead Sciences Inc. and used experimentally to treat Ebola. Earlier this year, its […]

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State Department warns U.S. citizens not to travel abroad due to coronavirus pandemic

March 24, 2020

The US State Department this week warned American citizens not to travel abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic, issuing the highest possible level of travel advisory.The Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory “advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.”The State Department urged Americans “in countries where commercial departure […]

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SCOTUS sides with Comcast in Byron Allen discrimination dispute

March 24, 2020

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA – In a decision issued online Monday, March 23, over entrepreneur and media mogul Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks in a discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, the Supreme Court’s justices have unanimously decided to send the case back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The lower […]

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Coca-Cola sponsorship expands RIC eSports

March 24, 2020

Richmond Raceway and Coca-Cola Consolidated have announced Rajah Caruth and Garrett Manes as the inaugural members of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco’s development program, Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway eSports Development team (Coca-Cola ReD). With the new development program, Coca-Cola ReD is expanding Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco to further engage the next generation of race fans through regional and online engagement.“Richmond Raceway […]

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Va. DOC manufacturing sneeze/cough guard masks for staff, offenders

March 24, 2020

The Virginia Department of Corrections is now manufacturing sneeze/cough guard masks for use by Virginia DOC staff and offenders. While these are not medical grade masks, DOC notes they will help keep COVID-19 out of the state’s correctional facilities.There are still no known cases of COVID-19 among offenders and staff in Virginia’s prisons.   The Virginia […]

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Neighborhoods with ‘medical deserts’ have emergency needs during pandemic

March 24, 2020

By Dr. Valda Crowder A zip code has become a life or death matter. Families that live more than an hour from a hospital may face a death sentence based on their address. A long ambulance ride increases the risk of death. Patients with respiratory emergencies, like the ones caused by coronavirus, are particularly vulnerable.According to the American Hospital […]

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