There was plenty of news across Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia on Friday. If you missed any of it on your local Patch, here’s a roundup of some of the top stories from the past 24 hours.
Loudoun School Staffer Medically Cleared To Return To Work
Loudoun County Public Schools is reporting some good news. A staff member at Park View High School in Sterling Park who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 28 has recovered and was medically cleared to return to work on April 7, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams wrote in a note Thursday to the school community.
VA Coronavirus Hospitalizations Drop; No Shortage In Ventilators
The total number of reported deaths from the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Virginia stands at 231 as of Friday, an increase of 23 deaths reported on Thursday. Henrico County has reported 62 deaths as of Friday, followed by Fairfax County with 37 people who have died, Arlington County with 15 deaths, Prince William County with 14 deaths and the Peninsula Health District with 14 deaths, according to Virginia Department of Health data.
Coronavirus: Northam Seeks To Bolster Health Care Workforce In VA
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order Friday that eases restrictions on doctors and nurses in attempts to bolster the health-care workforce responding to new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 illness.
DC School Year To End 3 Weeks Early Due To Coronavirus
Students in D.C. Public Schools will begin their summer vacation three weeks earlier than expected, as the school year is being shortened due to the new coronavirus, also known ask COVID-19.
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Fredericksburg’s Furloughed Employees Eligible For Unemployment
The Fredericksburg government employees scheduled to go on furlough next month will be eligible for unemployment benefits, the city said Friday.
Feed The Fight Alexandria Gives Meals To Health Care Workers
Feed the Fight DC has expanded to Alexandria as a way to give back to health care workers on the front lines of the new coronavirus crisis and support local restaurants. Ali Whitley and Jennifer Kearney Desiderio launched Feed the Fight ALX last week and are providing at least 50 to 120 meals each day.
Reston Gallery Takes Heroic Step To Honor Coronavirus Heroes
Rather than just run sales to keep the revenue up, Colmbemale wanted to help support artists and wholesalers who may have lost income due to all the closures. She also wanted to help out the the people who are on the frontline of coronavirus responders.
Robots Make Food Deliveries In Fairfax City During Coronavirus
Fairfax City has partnered with Starship Technologies to allow restaurants and stores to use the company’s sidewalk robots for deliveries in a one-square-mile area of the city during the coronavirus crisis. Starting Friday, a number of central Fairfax City businesses will begin sending food and groceries to customers using Starship robots.
Virginia Task Force Warns Of Scams Related To Stimulus Checks
As residents receive stimulus checks through the $2 trillion federal economic relief package, the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force urges residents to be vigilant about scammers attempting to steal stimulus checks and personal information.
Latest Arlington Coronavirus Numbers: 32 New Cases Reported
The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday morning that Arlington County has 32 new cases of the coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 485. To date, Arlington has conducted 2,159 tests for the coronavirus.
Alexandria Coronavirus Updates: 11 Cases At Retirement Community
After Hermitage Northern Virginia announced its first positive case of the new coronavirus last week, a total of 11 residents tested positive as of Friday. The Alexandria retirement home says the positive cases of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 illness, are among health care residents.
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This article originally appeared on the Burke Patch