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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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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More inmates are being released on home electronic monitoring as Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail takes steps to avoid a potential novel coronavirus outbreak.

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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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In an email sent Sunday, the hospital reiterated a requirement that staff use personal protection equipment, specifically gowns, gloves, eye protection and an ear-loop mask.

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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.

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At the UVa Medical Center, doctors have set up a COVID-19 clinic. Anyone who may be concerned about symptoms should call the hospital at (434) 982-6843 first. 

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Additionally, St. Anne’s Headmaster David Lourie said in an email to families that a preschool family showed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, before the school's spring break this week. The family’s physician has not confirmed the diagnosis with testing.

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State government officials sought to stave off alarm Wednesday over the 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 found in Virginia this week, including the first confirmed case in Central Virginia.

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Wednesday afternoon, the university sent a memo to students, staff and faculty that no classes would be held Grounds "for the foreseeable future, quite possibly through the end of the semester," as the country and Virginia battle the novel coronavirus. 

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Provost Liz Magill clarified that the decision came following recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control that universities should “reconsider” study abroad travel amid coronavirus concerns.

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Amid the continued spread of coronavirus across the globe and warnings that a disruptive outbreak is likely to hit the U.S., Virginia’s health department, hospitals, schools and universities are preparing for a potential public health crisis.

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