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Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/1/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Virginia administered over 5,800 tests yesterday, the highest number administered in one day thus far. Non-emergent procedures were able to resume as of today, May 1. HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING Virginia is receiving three PPE decontamination units in the coming weeks. Each of these units can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks and gowns […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/29/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES  Public Health Order 2 expires on April 30, meaning that non-emergent procedures at hospitals, dentists offices, and veterinary practices can be resumed on May 1.  Governor Northam signed Executive Order 60 on April 28, which reinforces existing liability protections for Virginia healthcare workers. The full text of the order is available HERE. HOSPITALS […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/20/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Administration has established a testing work group chaired by Dr. Karen Remley (former state health official and current health consultant) and Dr. Lillian Peake (state epidemiologist) to focus on increasing testing capacity, criteria and coordination.The testing group work group will include representatives from the hospital association, long term care facilities, emergency room […]

Governor Northam Annouces New Actions to Expand Health Care Workforce

Executive order increases use of nurse practitioners, out-of-state doctors, medical students, and telehealth in COVID-19 response RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Fifty-Seven, implementing several new policies to bolster Virginia’s health care workforce to assist with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. This order comes days after the Governor called for additional medical and non-medical volunteers as part […]

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Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/15/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Executive Order 53 has been extended for 2 more weeks, from 04-23-2020 to 05-08-2020. This extends EO-53 in its entirety, meaning that non-essential businesses will remain closed until May 8, 2020, including: Cessation of in-person K-12 education for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school yearBan on public gatherings of more than 10 individualsClosure […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/13/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Governor focused on COVID-19 modeling, public education online learning, and state budget and legislative items.A Virginia-specific model developed by UVA unveiled earlier today shows that social distancing and personal sanitizing measures are working, the spread of the virus is slowing, and that if these measures are lifted too soon, cases will spike. […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/10/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Governor Northam has proposed an amendment to the State Budget that will allow the VA Department of Corrections to grant early release to inmates with one year or less of their sentence remaining. Virginia Commonwealth University has developed a method to clean and disinfect N95 masks using UV light so that they can […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/8/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES May elections are being moved to November pending General Assembly action when they come back into session on April 22. With his power to do so, the Governor is moving the June primary elections from June 9 to June 22. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority has changed restrictions to allow establishments with […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/6/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Governor advises everyone to wear face coverings (or masks) when outside their homes, per new CDC guidelines.Coronavirus can be transmitted through airborne molecules, and asymptomatic people can have and transmit the virus, so a face covering can offer some protection for everyone, both the sick and healthy.People do not need a medical […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 4/3/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Governor Northam and the Army Corps of Engineers have designated three alternative care sites in the areas of Virginia where COVID-19 is most rampant. $2.5 million in emergency funding has been allocated to shelter the homeless population in Virginia.Virginia has been identified by the CDC as a state with widespread community transmission of […]