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Daily Planet converts recently purchased building into COVID Assessment Center

“COVID-19 disproportionately impacts medically underserved populations,” said Dr. Patricia Cook, Chief Medical Officer of Daily Planet Health Services. “Our COVID response was created to meet these patients at their point of entry – in a shelter, a local emergency department, or our COVID Assessment Center – and then provide them a safe place to recover.”

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Just one month after purchasing a new property at 511 W Grace St., Daily Planet Health Services (DPHS) retrofitted the space into a COVID-19 Assessment Center. When the deal was being finalized in February, DPHS officials were closely monitoring World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and VDH reports. As the pandemic rapidly evolved, it became clear that to best serve the Richmond community, the nonprofit would need to utilize the facility to test symptomatic patients.

With a focus on assessing medically underserved and at-risk populations, including those who are uninsured or experiencing homelessness, DPHS began COVID testing in mid-March. DPHS has worked closely with members of the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care (GRCoC) and VDH to coordinate a comprehensive COVID-19 response to provide safe shelter and food security to people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. DPHS has now tested more than 300 patients.

“COVID-19 disproportionately impacts medically underserved populations,” said Dr. Patricia Cook, Chief Medical Officer of Daily Planet Health Services. “Our COVID response was created to meet these patients at their point of entry – in a shelter, a local emergency department, or our COVID Assessment Center – and then provide them a safe place to recover.”

DPHS works with members of the GRCoC to provide remote medical monitoring, temporary accommodations, and food while patients recover.

“The COVID19 Public Health Emergency has strengthened our ties with community partners and created new pathways to wrap care around medically underserved individuals. We have travelled to community shelters and created tent-based testing sites. We also have created temporary primary care clinics in shelters and established computer portal stations within them to accommodate televisits. After the pandemic, we will continue to build on these relationships to provide comprehensive health services to patients experiencing homelessness,” Dr. Cook continued.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, DPHS has provided behavioral health and addiction treatment services via televists to keep patients and staff safe from infection, and has continued to staff two locations for non-COVID related face-to-face primary care and dental emergencies. This allows patients to continue to access the comprehensive services they are accustomed to at DPHS despite the COVID19 pandemic.

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Maymont Garden Glow Cancelled Tonight Due to Weather

Mother Nature is bringing the rain and the wind today so the folks at Maymont want to keep everyone safe and dry.

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Due to the forecast for severe weather during Garden Glow at Maymont tonight, we have decided to cancel the event for 10/29. We hope that you can join us on a different night through Nov. 8. If you have already purchased tickets, please check your email. bit.ly/30oc6ci

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Four charged for throwing objects at restaurant patrons, rocks at police car, and assaulting officer Tuesday night

On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

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On Tuesday night a group of individuals walked through Richmond, eventually damaging vehicles and buildings in several areas in the city and causing unrest. Four were arrested.

After leaving Monroe Park, the group headed west along West Main Street. At approximately 9:54 p.m., individuals in the group were observed throwing objects at patrons at a restaurant. Soon after, officers observed an individual throw a large stone and damage an RPD K-9 vehicle. A photo of the stone that was recovered is attached. Later, that same individual was seen throwing an object against a business. As officers moved to arrest this individual, a group member assaulted an officer.

An unlawful assembly was not declared and no chemical agents were deployed.

The Department consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on possible charges and charged four individuals. Their photos are attached.

Paxton Chapman was charged with obstruction of justice, carrying a concealed weapon, and pedestrian in the roadway.

Saraswati Rowe was charged with obstructing free passage.

Harrison Sellers was charged with inciting a riot and throwing a missile at an occupied vehicle.

Michael Toney was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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Become a Richmond tourism ambassador from the comfort of your own home

The free I Am Tourism workshops help participants gain a visitor’s perspective of the region and an understanding of tourism offerings.

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Richmonders have a new way to learn about the region – from home.

Richmond Region Tourism is launching a virtual version of its popular I Am Tourism ambassador workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9-11 a.m., with a second session on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9-11 a.m. New classes will be held monthly.

The free I Am Tourism workshops help participants gain a visitor’s perspective of the region and an understanding of tourism products and offerings.

The Oct. 28 session includes information about the economic impact of tourism and an overview of the attractions, events and activities in the Richmond region. A virtual tour led by Bill Martin, The Valentine executive director, will guide the class on a custom visit to some of his favorite places.

“The I Am Tourism program is an exciting opportunity for everyone in our community to become knowledgeable and influential representatives of the region,” said Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism CEO and president.

The primary reason people travel to the Richmond Region is to visit friends and family. National travel data points to this trend continuing as people continue with more car-based trips during the pandemic. The I Am Tourism classes provided an opportunity for residents to become knowledgeable ambassadors when guests visit.

“Richmond’s hospitality industry hasn’t escaped the devastating financial impact of the pandemic, but we’re seeing signs of growth and progress. The new virtual sessions are an opportunity for the entire community to help the tourism industry and the region’s economic rebound,” Berry said.

Participants must register for the Oct. 28 class by Oct. 27 at noon.

Since the I Am Tourism program launched in 2015, more than 2,600 Ambassadors have gone through the program. Richmond Region Tourism also creates custom classes for employee engagement activities for local businesses.

For more information on upcoming I Am Tourism ambassador trainings and to register, visit visitrichmondva.com.

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