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VDH Corrects Zip Code Data, Adds Nearly 6,500 Results to Roanoke's Tally

The Virginia Department of Health reassigned coronavirus tests that were missing zip code data. The change affects some 37,000 test results statewide that were listed as unassigned.

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Despite The Pandemic, Virginia Beach Remembers A Mass Shooting

May 29, 2020
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Julie Braley found comfort in the “VB Strong” stickers that showed up in business and car windows around Virginia Beach in the wake of the coastal city’s tragic mass shooting last year.

The Heavy Toll of COVID-19 on Virginia's Latinx Community

May 29, 2020

Since the Virginia Department of Health began reporting the ethnic breakdown of coronavirus cases, data has shown a consistently disproportionate hit in Latinx communities.

But there’s more to the impact than what the numbers show.

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Unemployment in Virginia hit a new record this week.

For 33 years, Diane Woolard headed the Virginia Department of Health team that watched for emerging diseases and suspected outbreaks, recommending ways to prevent them from spreading.

Now, after a year of retirement, she's back  lending a hand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a press conference Thursday, Governor Ralph Northam indicated that Virginia will remain in Phase One of his reopening plan for at least another week.


During the Jim Crow era, when public schools in Virginia refused to educate African Americans, a prominent black educator – Booker T. Washington -- joined a northern philanthropist -- Julius Rosenwald -- to help build more than 5,000 schools in 15 southern states. 

In Virginia’s Cumberland County – west of Richmond – a rural community called Pine Grove provided land, money and labor for one so-called Rosenwald school that is now threatened by plans for a massive garbage dump.


The election for governor is still 18 months away. But, candidates are already coming out of the woodwork.


When the school year ends, many teachers and staff take a break, but at the University of Mary Washington But three librarians are busier than ever – creating an archive that will tell the story of COVID-19 on campus. 

Richmond’s mayor  believes the city can cautiously begin reopening on Friday.

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Experts agree widespread testing for coronavirus is key to prevent future surges of the virus. In Virginia an effort is underway to make sure testing is reaching all parts of the state, including communities that may be harder hit by the virus. 


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