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How This 25-Year-Old Fairfax Restaurant Is Surviving the Coronavirus Shutdown

One good thing? Figuring out a seamless online ordering system. Dolce Vita Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar has been open for business for 25 years in Fairfax, and they weren’t going to let a global pandemic fully shut them down. Dolce is one of many local restaurants that has shifted to contactless takeout or delivery...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, front, gestures during a news conference as House speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, right, and Secretary of Public safety Brian Moran, left, look on. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Gov. Northam Issues Stay-at-Home Order After "Very, Very Selfish" Virginians Packed Beaches

The order goes until June 10, making it one of the longest in the country Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday issued a statewide stay-at-home order along with a lecture for those who packed the state’s beaches last weekend or otherwise ignored calls to avoid mass gatherings. “You are being very, very selfish because you...

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Liberty U Brought Its Students Back to Campus. Now Some Might Have Coronavirus.

After inviting students to return to campus last week despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, Liberty University in Lynchburg now has nearly a dozen students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The New York Times reported that Dr. Thomas Eppes, the physician running the school’s student health center, sent three students to local hospitals for testing and asked...

President Donald Trump salutes as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is at right. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Trump Violates His Own Orders For Navy Hospital Ship Photo Op

President Donald Trump traveled to Norfolk today, violating federal guidance limiting nonessential travel for seniors like himself. The president acknowledged that making the 140-mile trip to Naval Station Norfolk wasn’t necessary, but said he did it to recognize the work of sailors and medical professionals who worked to get a U.S. Navy hospital ship out...

A student walks past a mural in the library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
VCU Converts Residence Hall Into Hospital for Non-COVID-19 Patients

Students were not notified of the work until after their possessions were moved Virginia Commonwealth University announced they will be using campus residence halls to care for non-COVID-19 patients in the event of the VCU Medical Center reaching capacity.  But the university failed to notify students before moving their belongings out for them. Many had...

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Richmond Rehab Center Becomes Coronavirus Hotspot

Nearly two dozen have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, and four residents have died. A Virginia long-term rehabilitation facility is facing a staffing and supply shortage amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed four patients and sickened many other patients and staff, a health official said Thursday. The Richmond-area Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center,...

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Virginia Unemployment Claims Surge by 44,000 in One Week

Last week 2,706 people filed for unemployment. This week it was nearly 18 times higher. Nearly 47,000 people filed unemployment claims in Virginia last week, marking another grim record in the novel coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, the number of claims filed jumped nearly 18 times higher, from 2,706 claims last week to 46,885 this...