Tag: COVID-19

By Stefanie Jackson – Starting Friday, May 29, all Virginians will be required to wear face masks in public, Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a May 26 press conference on the state’s continued response to COVID-19. The mandate applies to all individuals age 10 and older, who use public transportation or...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized Virginia’s participation in a pilot program that will allow recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps, to purchase groceries online for home delivery. “This continued public health emergency...
By Connie Morrison — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced earlier this month the allocation of $300 million of CARES Act funding for fisheries and the seafood industry, with just over $4.5 million headed to Virginia. The funding was ballyhooed by Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Cape Charles town council rescinded an ordinance last Thursday that had temporarily closed short-term rentals in an attempt to discourage visitors from coming to town and potentially spreading COVID-19. The decision was made the day before Northampton County entered Phase One of Forward Virginia, Gov....
By Connie Morrison — The Virginia Department of Health has reported a COVID-19 death each of the last four days, including in the data released Sunday, May 17, bringing the total COVID-19 related deaths in Northampton County to nine. Accomack County also has nine deaths attributed to COVID-19. Northampton County has...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam turned his attention to the economic impact of COVID-19 while speaking during a press conference today, as Forward Virginia Phase One took effect in most of the state, allowing some businesses to re-open following a 14-day slowing of the spread of the...
By Connie Morrison — The office of Gov. Ralph Northam issued a notice late Thursday afternoon that the governor had approved Accomack County's request to delay its move into Phase One of reopening, extending the current level of business restrictions two more weeks, until 11:59 p.m., May 28, 2020, and...
By Stefanie Jackson – Jon Richardson, chief operating officer of the Eastern Shore Health District, updated Northampton supervisors on the coronavirus pandemic during their May 12 regular meeting, which was held electronically. As of May 12, Northampton County had 171 cases of COVID-19, and more than half of them –...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton board of supervisors special-called meeting held April 2 – the evening before the release of information on the county’s second known COVID-19 infection – became a weekly event that has overseen and guided the county’s response to the novel coronavirus. As of the last...
By Connie Morrison — Two more Eastern Shore long-term care facilities have been added to the tally of local coronavirus outbreaks. The Virginia Department of Health lists eight outbreaks on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, three of which are at long-term care facilities. The outbreak at the first, Heritage Hall, is...