Coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus coverage

We’re continually covering the impact of the novel coronavirus on our community–this page includes all our prior news coverage.

The first case of COVID-19 in Charlottesville was confirmed on March 16. As of May 20, there were 401 reported cases in the Charlottesville area, and 14 deaths. Statewide, there were 34,950 cases and 1,136 deaths. See the latest Virginia DOH numbers, including a map of cases, here.

On 3/30, Governor Ralph Northam ordered everyone to stay home unless they are seeking medical attention, buying food or other essential supplies, caring for a family member, or “engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise.” The executive order—in effect until at least June 10—also required all public beaches and campgrounds to close, and allowed in-person gatherings of 10 or more people to be punishable by a Class 1 misdemeanor. The governor had previously ordered the closure of all schools until the end of the academic year, and many nonessential businesses—including gyms, barber shops, and salons—for at least 30 days.

The city and county schools are providing to-go breakfast and lunch bags for students who rely on the public schools for breakfast and lunch each day. Delivery sites and more info at

The University of Virginia moved all classes online and announced Final Exercises will not happen as scheduled, as the school looks for “creative alternatives.” On March 17, the school closed all gyms, libraries, and other facilities, and promised to “honor existing commitments to compensate” its employees “for the foreseeable future.”

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In brief: Happy (socially distanced) graduation, Memorial Day, and more

Rad grads Charlottesville’s 2020 high school graduates imagined they’d be walking across a grand stage right about now, with “Pomp and Circumstance” blaring as an auditorium applauded. That’s gone, of course, but the virus hasn’t stopped our schools from showing love for their seniors. Districts around town have held variations on the traditional graduation ceremony, […]

On track: Local athletes continue to pursue their Olympic dreams

By Claudia Gohn The postponement of this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo (moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic) has disrupted the plans of athletes around the world—including several right here in Charlottesville.    Ella Nelson, a University of Virginia swimmer and rising second-year, is one of many UVA athletes who were competing for […]

Fighting insomnia in the age of COVID

Trouble sleeping lately? You’re not alone. Since the onset of the pandemic, many people who used to drift off the second their heads hit the pillow are now struggling to fall—and stay—asleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. For advice on how to get better rest during this stressful time, we spoke with Joanna Ajex, […]

In brief: Masked melons, summertime sadness, and more

Goodbye, summer Monday is Memorial Day, the traditional start to summer, but this year, much of the city’s outdoor recreation space will be off limits. Last week, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation closed all city pools and spraygrounds for the summer, and canceled camps. In addition, other outdoor facilities, including basketball and tennis courts, picnic shelters, […]

Tough call: Some local businesses reopen, while others hold off

On Friday, May 15, a number of Virginia businesses got the green light to reopen (with restrictions), as part of Phase One of Governor Ralph Northam’s plan. But locally, response has been mixed, with some establishments instituting new safety measures to bring in badly needed customers, while others stay shut for now. Though the number […]

How coronavirus has changed the college admissions process

While schools are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, districts across the country have adopted alternative grading policies for the remainder of the academic year. Charlottesville City Schools’ middle and high schoolers who had a passing grade when schools closed on March 13 will automatically receive an A for each course, while those who […]

Cut off: UVA Health furloughs hundreds of employees

COVID-19 has stripped the pockets of businesses all around Charlottesville, including one of the city’s biggest: The University of Virginia Health System. Since the onset of the pandemic, the health system has lost $85 million per month due to a sharp decrease in surgeries and clinic visits. To offset these losses, it announced April 28 […]

COVID cases soar in Buckingham state prisons; Charlottesville poised for reopening

Correctional facilities, where inmates live in tight quarters, have proven (entirely predictably) to be hotbeds for coronavirus outbreaks. Some jails and prisons in the area have managed to avoid major transmission within their walls—as of May 8, the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail has reported just four cases, all among “support staff” who do not come in […]

Put a ring on it (later): postponed weddings take a toll on vendors

With its array of elegant wineries and historic inns, nestled in between the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains, Charlottesville has become one of the country’s top wedding destinations. Last year, over 1,500 couples said “I do” in the area, according to The Wedding Report. And in January, named Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards one of […]

Cut the check: BRACE grants bring relief for some businesses

As the coronavirus epidemic has devastated small businesses nationwide, many local shops and restaurants have sought federal relief. But the City of Charlottesville has also rolled out several of its own assistance initiatives this month. The Building Resilience Among Charlottesville Entrepreneurs grant, which awarded up to $2,000 to city businesses, received nearly 150 applications in […]

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