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As of earlier this week, the number of deaths nationally is over 87,595 and rising, with over 1.4 million cases. In Virginia, there are 29,683 cases, 3,724 hospitalizations and 1002 deaths. “In Three Rivers, we have 367 cases with 6 deaths. New cases in the communities, not counting outbreak…

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The Coronavirus already made a splash when schools nationwide were forced to close down their buildings (but not their lessons). It turns out that this pandemic will wreak havoc with school summer programs as well. At a livestreamed meeting of Westmoreland County’s School Board, Deputy Super…

As COVID-19 cases continue to stabilize across the region, Riverside Health System announced it has resumed scheduled, non-urgent surgeries and procedures. Those procedures and surgeries that were initially postponed due to COVID-19 are now also being rescheduled with priority.

After graduating from Lancaster High School in 2013, Shawn Talley began attending Virginia Tech in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree. As a freshman, Shawn realized it was all a bit too much, too soon. He returned home and began looking at the options available in his familiar environment. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted social distancing as a safety measure across the country. How this new normal affects general health care can be seen in the rise of telehealth services, as people are encouraged to use them to limit in-person interactions with medical staff and help preven…

During the month with many residences spending an unusual amount of time at home the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office has received more than 12 calls for service regarding a particular type of telephone/internet scam. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most of these scams involve a…

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The closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic have been hard on many organizations including the Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. It has had to close its gift shop and restaurant, cancel major fundraising events and two farmers’ markets so far but “we get the same bills,” Execut…

Gleamers and Blenders have been part of Northumberland County’s non-governmental support system for so long that even its director, Charles Howard, isn’t sure how long the food donating organization has been operating. “First Baptist, Macedonia and Mount Olive churches started it in the 70s,…

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Food Lion Feeds awarded $1 million to nearly 600 hunger relief agencies across 10 states to help those organizations purchase food and other critical items needed to meet increasing demand. Bay Aging and Healthy Harvest Food Bank were among the recipients.  

A recent addition to the activity packets that accompany Boys & Girls Club food distribution each Thursday was a tiny plastic container holding a pod of peat, a small envelope of cucumber seeds, a saucer, and instructions for helping the seeds sprout to a plant ready to grow.  It may hav…

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To say the last six weeks have been stifling is an understatement. As hysteria over the Coronavirus reached a fever-pitch, Stay at Home orders shot out from governors all over the country, including here in Virginia. While a daily barrage of projections of doom and gloom fill national news r…

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The Riverside Walter Reed Hospital team received a special thank you from Bay Aviation out of Topping, Virginia Sunday, May 2, 2020 when two vintage World War 2-era planes performed a tribute flyover in honor of the health care workers standing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

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Twenty-six members of the Northern Neck Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America completed a “Sojourn” throughout parts of the Northern Neck on Saturday, May 2. The Sojourn was created by members Gene and Shirley Langlinais and consisted of inviting members to join them driving roads…

Westmoreland County’s public schools will be opening next school year in August instead of September. The matter came up during the School Board’s monthly meeting, which was conducted online in an effort to keep members from risking potential contact with COVID-19. The plans were laid out la…

As the state continues its shutdown over the Coronavirus, Westmoreland County’s School Board held another online meeting this month. With many places closed, there’s been a fair bit of confusion regarding school itself. At the recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry gave a presentat…

As to be expected, the commonwealth is now over one month into a virus-related lockdown and businesses are bearing the brunt. One of the big questions at Warsaw’s Chamber of Commerce meeting was “What can we do?” a question that many around the country are facing at this point.

Haynesville Correctional Center has more coronavirus cases than any other Virginia prison, and the number is steadily rising. As of  Monday, there were 107 inmate infections and five confirmed employee cases. 

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“Our volunteers always step up when our kids need them the most,” says Boys & Girls Club Operations Director Jonathan Putt. “Just in the past couple of weeks, as we’ve been thinking of multiple ways to reach our kids in their homes, five wonderful people have offered to read books online…

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting small businesses across the county, including local restaurants which are either experiencing full shutdowns or are trying to survive by providing carry-out or curb-side pick-up.  To encourage community support by residents for these important businesses, t…

To say the Coronavirus has been brutal for business is an understatement. Covid-19 was the dominating topic at the meeting of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, especially with regards of how to help local businesses pull through the ordeal. According to the folks at the Warsaw Richmond County …

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In an effort to support seniors, and those with underlying health conditions, to stay in their homes and be safe throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, Bay Aging is launching their “Helping Neighbors” initiative throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  “Beginning next week, we will …

The Coronavirus has disrupted scheduled events and gatherings for the last several months, and now, it looks like it could be doing the same to some later in the year. At the monthly meeting of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce (done via Zoom), the matter of WarsawFest came up. Every year, on t…

The transition from in-person to online learning isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to mathematics, a subject where many students benefit from classroom learning and individualized attention from their teacher.

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On March 31, the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck began distributing meals and educational activity packets to its members, ages six to 18. During the first week, a total of 53 children were served at three separate locations in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties. Beginning on A…

“Since the mandated closure of county schools and our Lancaster and Northumberland clubs, our staff members have been calling each member family to see how we can help,” says BGCNN executive director Phillip Mumford.  “We have identified two immediate and critical needs:  food and fun educat…

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The federal government passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, referred to as the FFCRA, which requires certain employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to employees who are sick, caring for the sick or quarantined due to COVID-19, and it requires an additional 10 weeks …

Richmond County, Essex and Westmoreland were selected to participated in a telemedicine pilot with VCU that allows rural Emergency Medical Services staff to teleconference with VCU doctors while at a patient’s bedside.

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Colonial Beach Mayor Eddie Blunt ordered all beaches and parks in the town closed until the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

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As residents across the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck confront the COVID-19 pandemic, heartwarming stories about Bay Aging’s volunteers are emerging. Social distancing is the new normal, exacerbating feelings of isolation that everyone, but especially homebound seniors, can experience. …

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With so many small businesses struggling and so much confusion about the aid that’s available, Congressman Rob Wittman hosted a tele-town hall last week to provide clarity and help business owners get on track to get funding.

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Department of General Services’ (DGS) Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) is one of the first public health labs in the nation to use genetic technology to help public health officials better understand and track the scope of th…