Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
Centra Health in Lynchburg sees record number of cases; most of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. — WDBJ-TV.
Hospitals urge people to get tested, don’t go to emergency room — wait time at Centra is eight hours due to COVID backlog. — WSET-TV.
COVID rate in Southwest hits record for second straight day; growing faster than state rate. — WJHL-TV
COVID cases are skyrocketing. — Farmville Herald.
Bedford County jail temporarily closes due to covid; inmates transferred elsewhere. — WSET-TV.
Attorney General Mark Herring says incoming Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin doesn’t have authority to withdraw Virginia from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. — Virginia Mercury and Richmond Times-Dispatch
Halifax County School Board undos vote to build new high school. — South Boston News & Record.
Effort underway to raise $140,000 for statue to Henrietta Lacks in Roanoke, her hometown. — The Roanoke Times.