Henrico second in state in COVID-19 deaths

Health Department enlisting more help to provide contact tracing for each positive test result

After reporting the most COVID-19-related deaths in Virginia throughout most of the pandemic, Henrico County Friday fell to second, trailing only Fairfax County’s 89 fatalities, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Henrico’s death total climbed by three to 86. Although most of those fatalities have occurred among residents of senior living facilities (including 49 at the Canterbury Rehabilitation and […]

Highland Springs graduate Becton selected 11th overall by NY Jets

Five days after his 21st birthday, Highland Springs High School graduate Mekhi Becton, an offensive lineman from the University of Louisville became the 11th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, selected by the New York Jets. Becton, who left Louisville after three years, was the third offensive lineman taken in the draft. He had […]

Northam extends elective surgery ban, DMV closures

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today extended the existing ban on elective surgeries by one week, until May 1, and the closure of Department of Motor Vehicles public-facing offices by two weeks, until May 11. He also directed Virginia State Police to continue suspending the enforcement of motor vehicle inspections and take several additional measures through July 31. The ban on […]

Some lawmakers view minimum wage delay as lesser of two evils

Labor advocates and Virginia legislators worried the recently passed bill to increase minimum wage might die during the reconvened General Assembly session Wednesday. Gov. Ralph Northam’s amendment deferred the start date of the original bill by four months in response to the economic blow dealt to the state from the coronavirus pandemic. The recommendation was one of many made to […]

Henrico’s unemployment claims drop 14 percent from previous week

But county's unemployment rate approaches 13 percent, as 24,000 look for work

For the second straight week, the number of Henrico citizens who filed for unemployment dropped, but almost 19,000 – 10 percent of the county’s workforce – now have done so since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Henrico’s unemployment rate – which was less than 2.5 percent just two months ago – is now approaching 13 percent, with about 24,000 people looking […]

Henrico EDA makes $2M deposit with Virginia Community Capital Bank

Funds will help the organization provide payroll loans through the SBA

Henrico County’s Economic Development Authority yesterday made an initial $2 million deposit into a new account with Virginia Community Capital, a community development financial institution that makes impact investments statewide. The money will allow VCC to secure loans for business owners and nonprofits through the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal COVID-19 relief loan managed by the […]

Henrico News Minute – April 23, 2020

The April 23, 2020 edition of the Henrico News Minute podcast features details about an eventful reconvened session of the Virginia General Assembly; Henrico continues to lead the state in COVID-19 deaths; Henrico begins voluntary testing – and antibody testing – for first-responders; a traffic update and two road closures; how to apply for Henrico Schools’ preschool program; a Henrico […]

General Assembly reconvenes with abnormal accommodations

State legislature tackles budget amendments amid coronavirus fallout

The General Assembly’s reconvened session Wednesday was abnormal as the House dealt with technical difficulties, disruptive protests and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, collapsing at the podium. Filler-Corn was standing for over three hours before she fell, just as the House was going into a break. Emergency medical services immediately attended to her and she resumed her post after an […]