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Stephanie Harris


Portsmouth, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Stephanie:

VDH explains backlog in COVID-19 death reporting

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — We rely on numbers to make decisions, track trends and tell stories, but sometimes numbers can be deceiving. “There’s certainly, at least from my perspective, appears to be a lot of confusion in the public,” said Tim Powell, director of the Virginia Department of Health Office of Epidemiology, Division of Informatics […] → Read More

Pregnant during the pandemic: Optima Health to hold ‘baby shower’ to answer questions

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Many of us have concerns or anxiety connected to COVID-19, but pregnancy can add a whole new level of worry. Optima Health is looking to help local mothers-to-be be with a virtual “baby shower” they hope will wash away some of those fears. “Of course being a first-time mom you’re just […] → Read More

Local COVID-19 expert offers advice on reopening schools in our Coronavirus Digital Discussion

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — As colleges and universities grapple with increasing COVID-19 rates and whether to send students packing, there is the issue of when to restart in-person classes at local public schools. Dr. Edward Oldfield, an infectious disease specialist and the lead authority on coronavirus at Eastern Virginia Medical School, offered his insight on […] → Read More

While legitimate, mail-in ballot applications causing concern among local voters

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Worries about voter fraud are circulating in Hampton Roads this week as voters in all cities are receiving mail-in ballot applications. The mailer already has the voter’s name and address filled out and includes a postage-paid return envelope. The form is legitimate, but at first, it caused some concern from some […] → Read More

Mask mandate: Who it impacts, exceptions and more

(WAVY) — The mask debate is raging in Virginia. Viewers are asking 10 On Your Side why places are not enforcing the governor’s mandate — and whether its legal for a business to refuse service to someone not wearing a mask. Here’s what WAVY News 10’s Stephanie Harris found out today. “No mask no service.” […] → Read More

A Virginia Beach school employee tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s why it’s staying open

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach school officials have confirmed a staff member from Centerville Elementary recently tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, the school was open for its summer program. Health officials explained why the school was still able to be open. “So, the health department feels comfortable that risk is extremely low,” […] → Read More

VDH expert says daily COVID-19 numbers ‘don’t necessarily’ convey anything about the pandemic’s current spread

VIRGINIA (WAVY) — Every day, 10 On Your Side reports the latest COVID-19 case numbers from the Virginia Department of Health. The daily rise or fall in the count may cause you to panic or loosen your mask strings. But wait — VDH Respiratory Disease Coordinator Emily Stephens told 10 On Your Side the number […] → Read More

Courageous Conversations: Norfolk priest speaks on racial equality

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The whole country it seems is screaming for change right now. But how do we accomplish true racial equality? 10 On Your Side is trying to foster communication through a new series we call “Courageous Conversations.” In this installment, we are spotlighting the ideas and experiences of a Norfolk priest. He […] → Read More

Donation drive overwhelms local shelter

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Ask and you shall receive … donations.  Last week, 10 On Your Side told you HER Shelter would start accepting donations to help their clients after COVID-19 shut down their collections for three months. HER Shelter, which stands for Help and Emergency Response, operates three shelters in Portsmouth and Chesapeake. […] → Read More

How cleaning out your closet can help victims of domestic violence

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been called by some the “double pandemic” — domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic. Since late March when stay-at-home orders started, local domestic violence shelters have been busier than ever. Now, as people begin to leave and start new lives — they need some extra help. HER Shelter, which […] → Read More

New Virginia Beach city manager: ‘I’m only worth my integrity’

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — One day after Virginia Beach announced the hiring of its first black city manager, Patrick Duhaney, we are getting to know the man. Duhaney is currently the city manager in Cincinnati, Ohio, but spoke with local reporters Wednesday via video chat. When asked about taking on this role as the […] → Read More

How will Virginia’s mask mandate be enforced?

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Masks are now mandatory in Virginia. Anyone over the age of 10 is required to wear them in indoor public places by order of Gov. Ralph Northam. That order is to be enforced by the Virginia Department of Health, but how will they do it? 10 On Your Side asked […] → Read More

Despite coronavirus concerns, now is a good time to go to college, economist says

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — High school seniors who are missing out on so much right now (graduations, proms, etc.) now face the possibility of missing out on another milestone: move-in day at college. The current economy is also adding a new level of stress for some considering how they will pay for their higher education. […] → Read More

During pandemic, rules on wearing masks vary among local police departments

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The CDC recommends all of us wear a mask in public to protect ourselves and each other from spreading COVID-19. Recently, a WAVY employee noticed police officers in one local city who were not following the social distancing guidelines. The picture that got us wondering was taken outside of a gas […] → Read More

Local medical experts answer questions about COVID-19

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Some Virginia health officials believe the number of COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth will peak in the coming week or so. On Thursday, a group of local health experts from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara, Chesapeake Public Health and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters answered questions during a Facebook live […] → Read More

Emergency departments become ghost towns as visits go down due to COVID-19 concerns

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — While area hospitals are busier than ever preparing for coronavirus patients, emergency departments are becoming more like ghost towns. “Unfortunately, I think a lot of people have become afraid to come to the emergency department when they’re having true emergencies,” said Dr. Bruce Lo, Director of Emergency Medicine at Sentara Norfolk General […] → Read More

Bicycle shops gaining traction amid social distancing

While COVID-19 has forced some businesses to skid to a halt -- bicycle shops are gaining traction. → Read More

Helping kids cope with coronavirus

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — We are all living in a stressful time right now, and not just adults. Children can be overwhelmed with emotions. Some may be tripping you up with unexpected questions or outbursts, while others may be bottling it up. 10 On Your Side talked with Vice Chief of the CHKD Mental […] → Read More

How to help locally during the coronavirus crisis

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Almost all of us have a lot of extra time on our hands right now due to the coronavirus crisis, and many people are asking how they can help. Caroline Pendyk is spending her time behind a sewing machine, since she can’t sit behind a school desk. In two days […] → Read More

‘This is hard on people’s morale’: Gov. Northam encourages Virginians to get outside as COVID-19 cases rise

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY/WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam is praising businesses and people who have adhered to the rules when it comes to social distancing and changing how food is being served up. It comes as every region of the commonwealth is now reporting at least one case of COVID-19. Virginia has 114 COVID-19 cases, with […] → Read More