Richmond Mayor Stoney to provides COVID-19 vaccine update and RPS returning to in-person learning

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is provided an update to the city’s COVID-19 response.

The Virginia Department of Health reported this morning that Richmond has 13,563 COVID-19 cases and 143 deaths as of Feb. 9.

Stoney said to date, the state has vaccinated more than 200,000 people. However, there is a pause on the vaccination of some of the people included in the later part of phase three. He said this issue is because of a lack of supply from the federal government.

The mayor said he doesn’t see this issue being resolved in a matter of weeks, and thinks the city won’t move into the next phase of the vaccine until March or April. Despite this, he still encourages people to register for the vaccine.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, who just had his contract renewed last night, addressed the governor’s announcement that schools need to return to in-person learning by March 15. He said the School Board would be talking about this at their work session tonight, which you can watch on Facebook.

While Kamaras said he understands the governor’s push to in-person learning, and that it is preferable to all virtual, the district wants to be safe and further discuss what options are best for its most vulnerable populations.

Kamras said he has multiple concerns about returning to in-person learning, and the district had originally not planned to return until late summer.

He said some work they had planned to do to get facilities ready for students had been scheduled to be completed in the spring. For example, Kamras said the district hasn’t formally adopted air quality measures yet and will take several months to complete them.

He said he is unsure when all of RPS teachers and staff will be vaccinated because of vaccine shortages, but he does not think it will be by March.

You can watch the update below:

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