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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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Businesses Unite to Bring Change to Monument Avenue

“We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.”

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The Monument Commitment is a pledge by Richmond employers to work for change not only along Monument Avenue but in the community.

RVAHub is proud to stand with the businesses below.

If you would like to learn how to add your organization to this commitment email: [email protected]

The pledge reads:

Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney, City Council Members:

We are employers of the Richmond community.

We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.

We ask that you commit to support the respectful removal of all the confederate monuments on Monument Avenue in coming months, and do not repair – other than for public safety – the monuments as they currently stand.

For our part, we commit to confronting racism in our organizations and supporting you in eradicating systemic racism in our community.

It is time to take them all down.

Sincerely,

Please note we created this post on Friday morning and since businesses are being added constantly some businesses might not be on the list above. This is not a statement against those businesses just an inability to keep up. This link will give you the most current list of those that have made the commitment.

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Wayback RVA — Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics Savings Bank

A Then & Now photo essay of Richmond places from around the area.

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The Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics
Savings Bank, Mr. Jno. Mitchell Jr., Pres.

John Mitchell Jr. was aptly described as “a man who would walk into the jaws of death to serve his race.” Mitchell – newspaper editor, entrepreneur, city councilman and candidate for governor – was one of the most respected black leaders of his day. [RTD]

A fascinating individual. The Shockoe Examiner has an interesting post from 2012 about Mitchell’s grave in Evergreen Cemetery. Alas for the old bank building, it’s former location now rests under the Richmond Convention Center.


(Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics Savings Bank is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


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Black Bear’s Visit to Richmond Comes to a Safe End

No picnic baskets, bears, dogs, cats, or humans were harmed in today’s adventure.

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A black bear decided to explore Richmond today. First spotted on the Northbank Trail he later headed into town. Previous reports earlier in the week had the bear up near Pony Pasture. The picture above is from RACC Instagram which reported on the sedation and transportation of the bear.

We just received a call about a bear-and it really was a bear. Sometimes we laugh and arrive on scene with a giant Rottweiler, but nope-this was a real bear. We named him Fuzzy Wuzzy. Shout out to @richmondpolice for helping keep us safe and to @virginiawildlife for tranquilizing and relocating the bear out of the City!

Bear on Northbank this morning! from r/rva

Here he is in town.

Bear at Byrd and 5th from r/rva

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