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Sentara lifts masking requirement for non-COVID patients

Sentara lifts masking requirement

Face masks will be optional for most patients and staff at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and other Sentara locations starting Tuesday.

Masking is still required for patients who are seeking treatment for viral illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu.

Health care workers treating patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are also required to wear masks.

Patients and visitors are still strongly encouraged to wear masks, according to a Sentara statement, and face coverings will continue to be provided.

Sentara said the decision was made due to a countrywide decrease in patients seeking treatment for COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review to discuss proposed hotel

Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review plans to meet on Tuesday.

The meeting will include a preliminary discussion on a proposed hotel at 843 W. Main St., according to a meeting agenda. As drawn, the structure would contain 97 rooms across four floors.

The proposed hotel would be one of several along West Main, which is home to large players in hospitality such as Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott and Hampton Inn & Suites as well as smaller, more boutique brands such as the Graduate and the Quirk, among others.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. in CitySpace at 100 Fifth St. NE in Charlottesville. Virtual access via Zoom will also be available at

Broadband Authority still awaits state funding announcement

The Albemarle Broadband Authority plans to meet on Tuesday to give a status report that will include an update on broadband projects funded in 2021 and 2022 through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative, or VATI.

But the authority is still waiting for a decision on a VATI application for 2023, which is several months past due, according to the group.

“The awards were scheduled to be made in December,” reads a status report included in the meeting agenda, “but as of this writing are still not released from the Governor’s office.”

The Albemarle Broadband Authority works in partnership with internet service providers and businesses to extend affordable broadband internet service across Albemarle County, according to the authority’s website. VATI is a state program that provides funding to extend broadband service and infrastructure in communities across the state, according to the initiative’s website.

The authority’s status report also predicts that the VATI 2021 project will not be completed by its scheduled March 31 finish date, though it says progress is being made to connect county residents.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 241 of the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville. Members of the public may also attend the meeting online.

Fluvanna Board of Equalization to meet today

Fluvanna County’s Board of Equalization plans to meet Tuesday.

The board meets for the purpose of hearing complaints regarding real estate assessments, according to the Fluvanna County website.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Morris Room in the Fluvanna County Administration Building at 132 Main St. in Palmyra.

Three cases are scheduled to be heard on Tuesday. The board’s previous meeting scheduled for March 9 was canceled because the board had received no appointments, according to the county calendar.

Fluvanna residents who wish to appeal their real estate assessment are encouraged to contact the board at (434) 591-1903 or by March 31.

Economic Development Authority meeting canceled

Albemarle County’s Economic Development Authority has canceled its planned Tuesday meeting.

The authority offers grant and bond programs to help businesses that plan to expand or locate within Albemarle, according to the county website.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. No reason was provided for the cancellation on the Albemarle County government calendar.

The authority’s next meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 18.

Fluvanna zoning appeals to be heard today

The Fluvanna Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

The board plans to meet at 7 p.m. in the Morris Room of the Fluvanna County Administration Building at 132 Main St. in Palmyra. Members of the public can also attend the meeting online.

For information on submitting an appeal, call (434) 591-1910 or email The application process takes roughly two months before a case will be heard by the board, according to the board’s filing schedule.

From Staff Reports


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