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People in the Richmond area — including health care workers and first responders on the front lines of fighting the pandemic — share their sto…

Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Star will shine in blue and white as a tribute to health care workers, first responders and others involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Star, the Berglund Center and Wells Fargo Tower will all be illuminated in blue each night starting Thursday evening through Sunday. This will be the first time in the iconic Star’s 70-year history that it has glowed only in blue and white, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea said during an online news conference Wednesday. The illuminations are part of the “Light it Blue” international campaign, during which buildings and monuments are lit blue to show support for essential workers during the response to COVID-19. Also Wednesday evening, about 40 people gathered in Salem at LewisGale Medical Center to cheer healthcare workers as they changed shifts. See more photos at roanoke.com/gallery

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A. Many health care workers wear several different kinds of personal protective equipment, or PPEs, in their jobs every day. This equipment is designed to keep them safe from infectious materials, and it is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unprotected health care workers are susceptible to infection because of their close contact with patients during treatment.

A man took a free mask from Southside Community Services employees James Robinson (center) and Tonya White on Friday as part of a new program …

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Three weeks ago, 22 Richmonders took a break from their everyday lives to experience what it’s like to be homeless in this town.

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