Senators introduce legislation on women’s rights to abortion, contraceptive access
On Monday, Senators Tim Kaina, Lisa Murkowski, Kyrsten Sinema, and Susan Collins introduced the Reproductive Freedom For All Act to protect and prohibit further action in reproductive healthcare, according to a release.
Lynchburg man and living donor wife need your help during medical crisis
Communities across the nation can help this couple out – after his life was saved in 2017 through a liver transplant procedure, he is now facing emergency complications that put his life at risk, and medical expenses are piling up faster than ever.
Centra frontline workers reflect on one year of COVID-19 pandemic
LYNCHBURG, Va. – One year after COVID-19 hit our area, Centra Health leaders recalled Friday how the pandemic has impacted their care. But COVID-19 was a storm Centra couldn’t forecast, a health care hurricane forcing them to change course. A panel of frontline workers said looking back on a full year of the pandemic, they had to assess how they’d deal with the volume. Centra reports they finished summer 2020 with 45 positive cases, though another wave brought more patients and a record-high of 133 positive cases in January. While cases and COVID-related deaths are decreasing, Dr. Cook said the biggest challenge is making sure people maintain precautions as vaccines rollout.
Keep your Christmas lights up through January
Willie Johnson took this photo of the Christmas lights on Girvin Road. With the nice weather this weekend you may be thinking of taking your Christmas lights down but one big healthcare system wants you to keep them up. The parent company of LewisGale Medical Center in Salem and other LewisGale hospitals, HCA, is calling on everyone to keep lights up for healthcare heroes through January. As healthcare workers drive to or from their shift, the holiday lights will express support. HCA is calling upon every citizen, business, and community to keep their holiday lights up through January 31 to recognize those working in healthcare.
The Latest: India's downward trend in new cases continues
(AP Photo/Channi Anand)NEW DELHI — India has reported 48,648 new coronavirus cases, continuing a downward trend in infections even as the country’s caseload has crossed 8 million and is only behind the U.S. The country confirmed 808 new cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative COVID-19 cases to 100,334, including 712 cases found on a cruise ship earlier this year, according to the ministry figures. About one-third of the cases come from Tokyo, where 221 cases were confirmed Thursday, bringing a prefectural total to 30,677, with 453 deaths. Italy added a record number of new confirmed cases Thursday at more than 26,000. ___LONDON — The World Health Organization says Europe had a record 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the last week and has reached 10 million of the 44 million global cases.