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Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday schools will remain closed at least through the end of this academic year to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. The order applies to both public and private schools. As of Monday, Virginia had 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Six people in Virginia have died,...
— By Carol Vaughn Chincoteague officials Monday asked visitors and non-residents to leave the island by noon Tuesday because of the novel coronavirus emergency. Non-residents also were asked to postpone their plans to travel to Chincoteague until further notice. Mayor J. Arthur Leonard in a public service announcement said the decision came...
By Connie Morrison — At 11 a.m. Sunday, a time, said Gov. Ralph Northam, “when many Virginians would ordinarily be sitting in a church pew,” the governor again briefed Virginia on the COVID-19 state of emergency. Since yesterday, a third Virginian — a man in his 60s from Fairfax — has...
— By Carol Vaughn Accomack County officials declared a state of emergency in the county Thursday, March 19, after the Eastern Shore Health District announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Board of Supervisors met Friday via teleconference to ratify the emergency declaration made...
— By Carol Vaughn Virginia has 152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, officials announced during Gov. Ralph Northam’s daily briefing Saturday. A second confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia was announced Saturday. Northam thanked Virginia health care workers for their efforts during the crisis. “As a doctor, I know what...
Staff Report — A male in his 60s was confirmed as the second known case of COVID-19 on the Eastern Shore, the Eastern Shore Health District confirmed Saturday morning. He was a travel companion of the first identified case. The Eastern Shore Health District is currently conducting an investigation of the...
By Stefanie Jackson – In Virginia public schools, black students account for 22% of enrollment but 52% of all students suspended. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is conducting studies to determine why black students are being suspended at rates disproportionate to the rates of suspension for non-black students, and...
— By Carol Vaughn Health care and government officials responded to many questions this week, as the reality of the novel coronavirus pandemic started to sink in on the Eastern Shore. The first confirmed case of the virus on the Eastern Shore was announced Thursday. It is thought the case was...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack and Northampton County Public Schools were unprepared when Gov. Ralph Northam announced last Friday, March 13, that all Virginia public schools must close for at least two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, in response to COVID-19. This week, both school districts have rolled out plans...
— By Carol Vaughn Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday told Virginians to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, as federal guidelines say. Virginia had 67 confirmed cases of CORVID-19 as of Tuesday, but none on the Eastern Shore. The 10-person rule does not include normal operations at essential services...