Many local events have been canceled or postponed and many area facilities have announced temporary closures. The public is advised to check ahead with individual organizations on the status of events and closures.

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Though telephonic hearings have often been used for civil hearings in Virginia’s Western U.S. District Courts this month due to the constitutional right to a speedy trial, some criminal hearings have begun to use virtual means as well.

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Four more residents of Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center have died of COVID-19 in the past day, bringing the death toll to 32 as the skilled nursing center in western Henrico County approaches the total fatalities at a Seattle-area nursing home where the coronavirus first erupted in the United States.

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On Monday, University of Virginia Medical Center spokesman Eric Swensen said, “We are caring for an increasing number of inpatients with COVID-19. We do continue to have capacity to care for patients. We are as prepared as a health system can be for an influx of patients.”

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Lawmakers likely will need to perform triage on the state’s budget due to expected drops in state revenue with the economy crippled. At the same time, many lawmakers are eyeing legislation that could be delayed or amended to meet the needs of the moment.

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Virginia's local governments say they face economic calamity unless the state delays new legislation - including an increase in the minimum wage, permission to allow collective bargaining for local government employees and expanded eligibility for workers' compensation - that the General Assembly enacted this year before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many businesses and put thousands of Virginians out of work.

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In the interests of our community during these unprecedented times, The Daily Progress has lifted paywall restrictions on all our coronavirus …

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The city of Richmond reported its first cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday as the number of positive cases statewide rose to at least 77 and the largest hospital system in Virginia suspended its drive-through screening and testing locations due to a shortage of tests.

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» Al-Anon or Alateen meetings can help if someone you love is drinking too much. vaalanon.org or (434) 972-7011. To find a meeting anywhere in…

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The decision to remain open follows an order Monday from Donald Lemons, Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, that said that non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all circuit and district courts in Virginia should be suspended until April 6.