Tag: COVID-19

By Carol Vaughn — Onancock was awarded a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant as part of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s response to COVID-19 impacts on localities. “It’s fantastic news,” said town manager Matt Spuck. The COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Assistance program targets businesses that are locally owned, employ fewer...
By Stefanie Jackson – U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine toured the new Eastville Community Health Center Oct. 19 and sat down with local health officials to discuss how the Eastern Shore has responded to the coronavirus and what issues persist as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Kaine also wanted to know what...
By Carol Vaughn — Nandua High School is closed for in-person instruction for two weeks after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to parents and guardians Wednesday. “Due to health and safety concerns, Nandua High School will be closed from October 22, 2020 through November...
By Stefanie Jackson – One Northampton student testing positive for COVID-19 was enough to slow down but not stop the school division from proceeding with plans to allow more students to begin attending class in person four days a week. Superintendent Eddie Lawrence was notified Monday, Oct. 5, by the...
By Carol Vaughn — Gov. Ralph Northam gave a press briefing Tuesday, after health officials cleared him to end an 18-day isolation period — and after news broke that Northam was discussed as a potential target by members of paramilitary groups charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Six...
Staff Report USDA will accept applications now through Dec. 11 for oyster and clam businesses to access funds included within the CARES Act Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. It’s an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act) and the Commodity...
By Carol Vaughn — The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce announced its 2020 awards for citizen and business person of the year during the Chincoteague Town Council meeting Monday. Sue Johnson, owner of Blue Crab Treasures on Main Street, was selected as the Leonard "Buddy" Burton Business Person of the Year. Johnson has...
By Carol Vaughn — The Virginia Department of Health on Monday launched a new pandemic metrics dashboard tool, designed to help local government and school officials and others better understand the extent of community transmission of COVID-19. The online dashboard will be updated weekly to show trends for specific localities and...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition’s second annual conference, held online Sept. 25, focused on both finding affordable homes and keeping them, in light of the economic impacts of COVID-19. “Affordable, safe, and accessible housing is the foundation of a great community, and it seems this...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton public schools enrollment has increased to at least 1,325, Superintendent Eddie Lawrence said Sept. 24. Fewer than 1,200 students attended Northampton public schools either online or in person during the first two weeks of school; the school board had budgeted for 1,415 students this year. Parents...