Virginia Needs 30,000 Volunteers to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Arianna Coghill

April 15, 2020

Welcome to today’s edition of the Dogwood. We’ve got a round-up of today’s Virginia news coming right up.

But First…

Richmond dealership Carter Myers Automotive is aiding people during the pandemic by providing transportation for anyone in need. They’ve opened a helpline and have people on staff to help people pick up medication, deliver groceries and run essential errands. — WRIC

Five Things You Need to Know Today

  1. Coronavirus Cases Rise to 6,500, Northam Extends Shutdowns of Businesses- Gov. Ralph Northam extended the shutdown of non-essential businesses until May 8 as the coronavirus pandemic continues. According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are 6,500 positive cases of the virus, with 195 deaths and 1,048 hospitalizations. The shutdown was originally going to end April 23. — WRIC

  2. First Coronavirus Death of an Inmate Confirmed in Virginia- The Virginia Department of Corrections has confirmed the first death of an inmate due to the coronavirus. According to the VADOC, the 49-year-old woman was staying at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland. She had underlying health conditions, including asthma and Hepatitis-C. She was scheduled for release in 2023. — WHSV

  3. Virginia Needs 30,000 Volunteers to Battle the Coronavirus- Virginia needs 30,000 volunteers, with or without medical experience, for the Medical Reserve Corps to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to officials. Gov. Ralph Northam said 14,700 people have already volunteered to help the MRC. The Virginia Department of Health is currently recruiting people. — WAVY

  4. Census Delay Could Change Virginia Elections- The Trump administration is proposing a delay to finalizing U.S. Census counts due to the coronavirus pandemic. That could bring about major changes to the Virginia General Assembly election next year, which will require census counts to draw up accurate district maps. — WTOP

  5. Virginia ABC Creates Protocol for Store Closures Due to COVID-19- The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) released its protocol for store closures during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a press release, when an employee notifies a supervisor that they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus or was exposed to the virus, the supervisor checks their schedule. If they haven’t been in the store within the last week, the store remains open. If they have, the store is shut down and cleaned by professionals. — WRIC
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