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Jimmy LaRoue, Author at Smithfield Times


Region’s hospitals stretched thin in Delta wave

On any given day at any of Sentara Healthcare’s seven Hampton Roads hospitals, including at Obici in Suffolk, their capacity to handle more patients has ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:11 pm


Health department adds testing events statewide, just 2 in Western Tidewater

With 7-day positivity rates for COVID-19 around the state hovering around 10% and with 90% of cases in Virginia caused by the Delta variant of ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 7:23 pm


CDC issues new eviction moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued another eviction moratorium that was welcomed by those in precarious rental housing situations, along with ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 4:52 pm


Governor mandates vaccines for state employees, masking in schools

All state employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 1 or face weekly COVID-19 testing. Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Thursday, August 5, 2021 7:10 pm


WTRJ employee arrested, charged with alleged attempt to smuggle drugs into jail

A now-former employee of the Western Tidewater Regional Jail has been arrested and charged with an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 400 grams of ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:01 pm


State defers to localities on masking for schools

Starting this week, local school divisions will be responsible for their own masking and social distancing policies to deal with COVID-19. The public health order ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:04 pm


Vaccination info teams go door-to-door

Having seen fewer people be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 than the state average, the Western Tidewater Health District will be sending vaccination information teams door-to-door ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Monday, July 12, 2021 8:54 pm


Windsor native a ‘first-of-a-kind’

Heading up biggest offshore wind project in the U.S., Dominion Energy’s Lloyd Eley has prepared for this moment When he travels the 27 miles from ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 5:14 pm


Riverside announces plans for 50-bed IW hospital 

Riverside Health System has proposed to build a 50-bed hospital on nearly 30 acres it owns in the Benn’s Grant area of Isle of Wight ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Friday, June 11, 2021 3:19 pm


Riverside official encourages shots for teens

With children ages 12 and up now eligible to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, hospitals and health departments have been preparing clinics and offering ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:36 pm

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