WRIC: Virginia Department of Corrections suspends in-person visits through Jan. 28 due to COVID-19 cases

WRIC: Virginia Department of Corrections suspends in-person visits through Jan. 28 due to COVID-19 cases. “The Virginia Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended in-person visits at all facilities through Jan. 28 due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Video visitation will remain in place for most facilities, but Red Onion State Prison has canceled video visits for Housing Unit B-6 and the Virginia Correctional Center for Women has suspended them for the Red and Yellow zones. It’s unclear when video visits will reopen for those specific locations.”

WTKR: Sentara postpones non-emergent surgeries, procedures as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record highs

WTKR: Sentara postpones non-emergent surgeries, procedures as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record highs. “Sentara Healthcare announce Friday that starting Monday, Jan. 10, it is postponing all hospital-based non-emergent surgeries, procedures and diagnostic testing due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., saying its team members are ‘stretched to their capacity.’”

Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests (Patch Virginia)

Patch Virginia: Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests. “In many jurisdictions, libraries shuttered their doors at the onset of the pandemic. Since March 2020, libraries have adjusted and employees have operated COVID-19 call centers, provided at-home test kits, provided free mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and offered curbside pick-up for traditional library services like book distribution.”

WTKR: CHKD sees record number of positive COVID-19 cases overnight, highest since start of pandemic

WTKR: CHKD sees record number of positive COVID-19 cases overnight, highest since start of pandemic. “So far, 16 children in Virginia have died from the virus, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and positive cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. This holds true for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Hampton Roads, where the hospital is maxed out and breaking records for positive cases. The doors of CHKD are working overtime this week as a steady stream of young patients heads into the already-bustling hospital.”

WDBJ: Virginia emergency doctors want COVID-related state of emergency

WDBJ: Virginia emergency doctors want COVID-related state of emergency. ” As the Omicron variant spreads and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge, Virginia’s emergency departments report being overwhelmed with patients. The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (VACEP) is calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to declare another State of Emergency to provide relief to emergency departments statewide.”

WWBT: Conservators recover books, coins, ammo from 1887 time capsule

WWBT: Conservators recover books, coins, ammo from 1887 time capsule. “A portion of Richmond’s history was uncovered by a team of conservators at the Department of Historic Resources as they opened a copper box confirmed as the time capsule placed in the very Northeast corner of the Robert E. Lee monument on Oct. 27, 1887. On Tuesday afternoon, conservators finished opening the 36-pound copper box in their conservation lab. State Archaeological Conservator Kate Ridgway said they used a tool to cut open the top of the box and put blotter paper inside the box to reduce the water condensation.”

CBS News: Crews find second potential time capsule at Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue site

CBS News: Crews find second potential time capsule at Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue site. “Crews wrapping up the removal Monday of a giant pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond found what appeared to be a second and long-sought-after time capsule, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said.” The second capsule will be opened at 1pm today (Tuesday).

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers

Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia emerge from Christmas weekend with record coronavirus case numbers. “D.C., Maryland and Virginia all set records Monday, reporting the highest seven-day averages in new cases of any point during the pandemic. In Virginia, 18,513 people tested positive over the three-day Christmas weekend and 25 died of covid-19. Maryland reported 5,376 new cases Monday, on top of more than 15,000 during the weekend, and has not yet returned to reporting deaths because of a cyberattack that affected the state’s heath department. The District reported 9,200 cases and two deaths from Dec. 23 to 26.”

WWBT: Books, cloth envelope & coin found in Robert E. Lee monument time capsule

WWBT: Books, cloth envelope & coin found in Robert E. Lee monument time capsule. “134 years of history is uncovered as members of the Department of Historic Resources open a box believed to be the time capsule placed inside the Robert E. Lee monument in 1887. The team started their work to open the lid of the lead box on Wednesday morning. The box took nearly four hours to remove from the 1,500-pound granite block it was found in within the tower of the pedestal where Robert E. Lee’s statue once stood.”

RVA Hub: Library of Virginia launches Virginia’s Deaf Cultural Digital Library Website

RVA Hub: Library of Virginia launches Virginia’s Deaf Cultural Digital Library Website. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to present Virginia’s Deaf Culture Digital Library…. a website with resources and information for the commonwealth’s Deaf community. A collaboration between the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Library of Virginia, the Deaf Culture Digital Library was established in 2021 after a two-year review and development process that included interviews with Deaf community members and research into Virginia resources for the Deaf.”

Washington Post: Legal news service sues Virginia for access to online court records

Washington Post: Legal news service sues Virginia for access to online court records. “In virtually every federal court in the United States, members of the public can access court documents — lawsuits, indictments, judge’s orders — from their home computer, at a cost of 10 cents per page. In 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to Courthouse News Service (CNS), the public can also call up dockets and actual legal filings online, often for free. But not in Virginia or Maryland.”

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new COVID dashboard offers ‘clearer view’ of racial and ethnic disparities

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new COVID dashboard offers ‘clearer view’ of racial and ethnic disparities. “The Virginia Department of Health is launching a COVID-19 dashboard that tracks disparities among racial and ethnic communities. Called the ‘Health Equity Dashboard,’ the new tool compares COVID cases, hospitalization, death and vaccination rates among Virginians in the white, Black, Latinos, and Asian or Pacific Islander communities. Users can look at statewide data or toggle with certain localities. They also can look at trends for the current month or over the past six months.”

‘Local Black Histories:’ New virtual project tells untold stories of Greater Williamsburg area (13 News Now)

13 News Now (Virginia): ‘Local Black Histories:’ New virtual project tells untold stories of Greater Williamsburg area. “A new, interactive platform uncovers the rich history of the Black community in the Greater Williamsburg area. The Local Black Histories Project launched Sunday. The project is spearheaded by the Village Initiative for Education Equity, a non-profit focusing on equity in education. The College of William & Mary and Williamsburg-James City County are also partners.”