Mallory Noe-Payne

Reporter - Richmond

Mallory Noe-Payne is a national award-winning reporter and producer based in Richmond, Virginia. She's done work for NPR, Marketplace and Public Radio International. 

Although she's a native Virginian, she's also worked for public radio in Boston. There, she helped produce stories about higher education, including a nationally-airing series on the German university system.   In addition to working for WGBH, she's worked at WAMU in Washington D.C. She graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. 

For more frequent updates from Richmond, or occasional commentary on rock climbing and vegetable gardening, you can follow Mallory on Twitter @MalloryNoePayne

Karen Acree

Many people who are elderly or who have disabilities, and still live at home, rely on home health workers. The workforce is composed of tens of thousands of Virginians, the vast majority of whom are women. 

Nationwide the median income for home health workers is less than $25,000. Now these low wage workers are on the frontlines of a pandemic, and advocates worry they’re being overlooked. 

The Virginia Department of Health reported at least 290 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, including the first in the New River Valley.  The Henrico County Health Department also reported two deaths there.


The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed at least 254 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Sandy Hausman / RADIOIQ



One of the industries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic is the restaurant industry. To help prevent the spread of the virus, Governor Ralph Northam has banned groups of ten or more in one space and he’s encouraged restaurants to switch to a take-out model. 



As of the latest update from the Department of Health, Virginia has 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19. One of those patients is Joseph Papa. He and his husband have tested positive for the virus and are now quarantined at home in Richmond.