RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - According to the Va. Department of Health, flu cases in the state are skyrocketing each week, especially in schools.
In a news release, Acting State Commissioner Maureen E Dempsey said flu outbreaks have increased from two per week to 28 and norovirus outbreaks increased from three to 11.
The Dept. of Health released the following guidelines to prevent illness:
- Stay home when sick. Stay home if you or your child has a fever. You should be fever free, without the use of fever reducing-medicines (like Tylenol), before you return to school or work.
- Cover your cough.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
- If you are sick, do not visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, or any other facility housing those in frail health.
- If you go to a doctor for a respiratory illness, be sure to cover your cough and wash your hands. You can use a tissue to cover your cough and then dispose of it in a trashcan and wash your hands – each time. You might be asked to wait in a separate area and/or to wear a mask in the waiting room.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
A police standoff at a Newport News home turned deadly Wednesday evening.