STAUNTON — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly and the state moves toward reopening, daily life in the Valley is facing unprecedented changes and challenges. We know It can be hard to keep up —here’s a roundup of the most important news in the Valley to start your day, Tuesday, June 23.
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Election day safety precautions
Residents can head to the polls today to vote in the primary election. The only contested seat is for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate. The winner of today’s primary will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.
Here are some of the safety precautions in place:
- Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- PPE will be worn by every election officer.
- Sneeze guards are on polling tables.
- Hand sanitizer, soap and cleaning supplies are available.
- Voters will take the pen used while voting.
- Social distancing will be monitored by tape on the floor, traffic cones and signs to indicate where you can stand.
- The number of voters in each precinct at a time will be limited.
- Voters are asked to wear face masks and observe the six foot social distance rule.
- Voters can wear gloves if they wish.
In addition, there are changes to some polling locations. For more details about polling locations, click here.
Free community internet hotspot in Waynesboro
There is now a free community internet hotspot at the Constitution Park pavilion in Waynesboro. The City of Waynesboro and Waynesboro Public schools organized the hotspot in partnership with Lumos Network.
The new hotspot launched Monday and the free, high-speed internet will be available at the pavilion from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There is a two-hour maximum usage per day, according to the release.
The internet access starts at the Constitution Park pavilion and broadcasts across the adjoining parking lot and a portion of the South River Greenway trail.
COVID-19 cases growing in many states
New coronavirus cases are rising in more than half of US states, according to data from USA TODAY. Virginia’s cases are still decreasing. Cases are also decreasing in Maryland but are rising in North Carolina and West Virginia.
See the map here.
What else you need to know
Gov. Ralph Northam will update Virginians on the COVID-19 response plan at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The News Leader will cover the briefing and the update will be available live on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor plans to hold briefings twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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