Gov. Ralph Northam at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond January. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) "took a step beyond what is allowed" when he issued coronavirus restrictions in March including the closure of nonessential businesses that extended to a local gun range, a circuit judge ruled Monday.

Why it matters: Gun rights groups said in their lawsuit the action violated the Second Amendment. University of Virginia law professor Richard Schragger noted to the Washington Post that if the state Supreme Court upholds the ruling enabling the shooting range to remain open, it may "lead to challenges in other states, though it is important to note that Virginia’s emergency powers statute includes fairly broad language protecting gun possession, use, and carrying."

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Aug 5, 2020 - Health

Virginia launches contact tracing app using specs from Apple and Google

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Virginia's health department released a coronavirus contact tracing app on Wednesday that relies on a Bluetooth-based system designed by Apple and Google.

Why it matters: Adoption of COVID-19 tracing tech in the U.S. has been limited compared to other countries — and tracking who has possibly been exposed to the virus (and promptly notifying them) is crucial to stem the spread.

Updated Aug 11, 2020 - Health

N.Y., N.J. and Conn. to require travelers from 31 states to quarantine

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Travelers from 31 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are now required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What's new: Hawaii, South Dakota and the Virgin Islands were added to the travel advisory list on Tuesday, while Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico and Rhode Island were removed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 20,936,041 — Total deaths: 759,844— Total recoveries: 13,006,841Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 5,254,171 — Total deaths: 167,242 — Total recoveries: 1,774,648 — Total tests: 64,831,306Map.
  3. Politics: House Democrats to investigate scientist leading vaccine projectMcConnell says Senate won't vote until Sept. 8 unless stimulus deal is reached.
  4. 2020: Biden calls for three-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive briefings four times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
  6. Public health: Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine treatments.