Temporary Museum Closures, Wreaths Across America | Top News

Emily Leayman
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Patch has 32 sites in communities in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Here are some of the top posts from the past week related to the new coronavirus and other topics.

National Zoo, Smithsonian Museums To Close Due To Coronavirus

Effective Monday, all Smithsonian Museums, including the Smithsonian's National Zoo, will be temporarily closed as a public health precaution to help diminish the spread of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus.

First Vaccines In VA To Be For Health Care, Critical Workers

As coronavirus vaccine candidates from Pfizer and Moderna prepare to seek emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Virginia could expect to receive the first supplies as early as mid-December. The focus for the first distribution will be on workers in critical industries.

Arlington Cemetery Directed To Host Wreaths Across America

After backlash from Arlington National Cemetery cancelling Wreaths Across America, an annual tradition honoring fallen soldiers with wreaths at their gravestones, the event will go on. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

NoVA Teachers Unions Call For Return To Virtual Schooling: Watch

Education associations from across Northern Virginia on Monday called on state leaders to reverse school reopenings and return to virtual learning as cases of the coronavirus continued to climb in the area.

DC, NoVA Thanksgiving Travel: Survey Findings, Worst Travel Time

A majority of residents in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland do not plan to travel for Thanksgiving, according to AAA surveys for the two states and DC. AAA released the survey results alongside a travel forecast largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mention Of George Floyd's Death In Chemistry Class Sparks Outrage

An Arlington County secondary school teacher's decision to use a reference to George Floyd as part of a classroom exercise has sparked outrage from the Arlington community and drawn criticism from the county's top education official.

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