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The Charlottesville-Albemarle Adult Drug Treatment Court, an alternative justice program facilitated and run primarily by Offender Aid and Restoration, was faced with a difficult situation: how to hold its participants accountable while also keeping them at a safe social distance.

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During the meeting between School of Medicine faculty in the University Faculty Senate and health system leadership, Dr. K. Craig Kent, executive vice president for health affairs, said that this past year, UVa Health had a budget margin of "essentially zero."

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As COVID-19 spread throughout Central Virginia, disrupting jobs and causing more and more people to become food insecure, Laura Brown, director of community and policy for Local Food Hub, said the group knew it needed to expand its Fresh Farmacy program.

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Ron Smith was elected mayor with 58 votes. Incumbents town councilors Daniel Gritsko, Laura Mellusi, Zachary Bullock, Stuart Munson and Edward Payne and newcomer Jim Tocci, all won seats on the town council.

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The council also will receive a report about staff’s capacity to run live broadcasts of some meetings of its boards and commissions that could be held electronically during the pandemic.

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Restaurants, food trucks, breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries have to meet a number of requirements established by the state, including limiting outdoor occupancy to no more than 50% of normal capacity. Parties must be at least six feet apart and people waiting on sidewalks must distance themselves.

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The 22,342 cases include 21,274 confirmed cases and 1,068 probable cases. Also, there are 812 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 787 confirmed and 25 probable; an increase of 43 total deaths from the 769 reported Thursday.

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The University of Virginia Cavaliers Marching Band got dressed to the nines Wednesday night for its annual award banquet with one important caveat — all 200 members gathered over Zoom. 

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The site currently is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. Anyone who thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19 (typically, a fever, cough and shortness of breath) and wants to be screened for the virus can simply drive up.

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Although not listed on the agenda, the council likely will hold a preliminary discussion on the revised budget proposal for fiscal 2021, which starts July 1, during Monday’s meeting ahead of a Wednesday work session.

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Area hospitals are set to resume elective operations after May 1 after Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that he’ll let the ban on non-emergency procedures expire. The decision comes a day after the University of Virginia Medical Center said it was furloughing employees and cutting pay of physicians and executives.

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This morning, the Virginia Department of Health reported that there are 13,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 454 confirmed deaths. 80,180 people have been tested for the virus in Virginia, and 2,066 have been hospitalized, including 7 probable cases.

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The process which compiles COVID-19 case information overnight experienced an error that caused complete case information to be unavailable this morning on the VDH website.

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Fifth-grader Reed Chrobak wants his peers at Agnor-Hurt Elementary and others in the community to chalk pictures of the Earth outside or make a poster to promote climate action.

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that 8,990 people in Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19, with a total of 300 deaths.

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Earlier this month, Habitat’s board passed an interim mission statement and a plan for the pandemic, which includes wrapping up almost-finished builds, supporting Southwood residents and families and directing resources where they are most needed in the community.

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An October date may allow students, families and area businesses time to prepare for a reappearance in Charlottesville, but university officials cautioned against making plans just yet.

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According to Fluvanna County, the Envoy is coordinating efforts with TJHD, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the University of Virginia, the Northwest Regional Healthcare Coalition and Fluvanna County Emergency Management to take care of patients, share equipment and trace contact with the virus, among other efforts.

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According to Martin Kumer, superintendent of ACRJ, the jail is considered to have an outbreak due to four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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