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Virginia COVID-19 News and Information

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Latest COVID-19 News and Information
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Virginians have been directed to stay at home until June 10 except to seek medical attention, go to work, care for household members, or to obtain groceries and other necessities.
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We may be isolated, but we don’t have to be alone. AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic. At a time when people are self-isolating, the website connects you to support in your community. It also enables you to join or organize your own online mutual aid group to stay connected, share ideas and help your family, neighbors and those most affected by COVID-19.
Covid Vaccine Trial
A guide to when, where and weather to get a COVID-19 vaccine
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Virginia nursing Homes are in crisis; Nearly half of all virus deaths in most recent four-week period were nursing home residents
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When the Virginia General Assembly returns to work on Wednesday, AARP volunteers will ask lawmakers for legislation to help workers save for retirement, require prescription drug price transparency, and overhaul oversight of the state’s long-term care facilities.
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If 2020 taught us anything it’s that scammers follow the headlines. While we’re all relieved to turn the calendar to 2021, the uncertainty that marked the last 12 months isn’t going away any time soon. And scammers thrive on uncertainty.
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Since the start of the pandemic, deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes accounted for 32% of all deaths from the virus in the state, while representing only 3.2% of total cases.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially dangerous for residents of long-term care facilities, and now AARP Virginia has a seat at the table when it comes to addressing the crisis. 
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It began as a virtual substitute for their summer picnic, and the card-making project for nursing home residents morphed into bringing cheer to veterans, too. Next up: Christmas cards for lonely seniors. Remote-learning grandkids got in on the action, too!
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As Virginia prepares for the coming flu season, hospitals and health care providers and organizations representing state and local government, businesses, educators, and many other stakeholders and communities of interest in the Commonwealth have joined together to issue this statement to promote the importance of getting a flu shot – now, more than ever, during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Scammers are always looking to capture people’s personal information, and Social Security numbers are highly valuable.
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Nearly half of US adults say they are trying to lose weight, and with many people worried about weight gain while stuck at home during the pandemic, that number may very well rise.
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As COVID-19 restrictions ease in Virginia, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are preparing to resume in-person visits for families. Visits won’t be the same as before the pandemic, at least until the threat of coronavirus has passed. There may be limits on when, where and for how long you can see loved ones, and distancing rules will likely be in place.
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Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment
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RICHMOND — Governor Ralph Northam, Dr. Laurie Forlano of the Virginia Department of Health, and Dr. Alexis Aplasca of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services will answer questions from AARP members during a telephone town hall at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

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