Wednesday, February 28, 2024

ICYMI: In-person graduation, coronavirus testing before surgery, tourism comeback and more

With dozens of local coronavirus stories every day, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Here are some of WYDaily’s most-read stories so you can get in on the conversation.

Regular graduation

While some high schools in Virginia plan to hold virtual graduation ceremonies for their seniors during the coronavirus, not everyone in the Historic Triangle agrees with the decision. READ MORE

Regular graduations for WJCC high school seniors? Some students, parents are all for it

To test or not to test

As elective surgeries start ramping up amid the coronavirus pandemic, some health care systems in the area are taking extra precautions by testing their patients for the coronavirus. READ MORE

An area health care system is not testing patients for the coronavirus before elective surgery while others are. Here’s why

A comeback?

While Virginia and other states plan for reopening in the next few months, there is still uncertainty from travelers impacting the tourism market. READ MORE

Will tourism make a comeback as businesses reopen?

Vaccinations are declining

While many are finding new ways to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, many children are going unvaccinated for other diseases across Virginia. READ MORE

Vaccinations are declining in Virginia and pediatricians are worried about a new public health problem. What’s going on locally?


While self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic is rough on anyone’s mental health, those with memory loss issues are suffering more than ever. READ MORE

Those with memory loss are suffering more than ever in self-isolation

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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