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

E.C. Glass High School to switch to remote learning temporarily amid COVID surge. — Lynchburg News & Advance and WDBJ-TV and WSLS-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.