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Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/26/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Governor will issue an executive order requiring face coverings/masks in public places, to go into effect this Friday, May 29, 2020.Exemptions include eating or drinking at a restaurant, exercising, if you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, and children under the age of ten.However, the Governor recommends […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/22/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Virginia Department of Health is launching a new program, COVID Check, so that those who think they may have COVID-19 can answer questions online to determine what their next steps should be.The tool provides guidance based on symptoms, as well as providing resources for local testing locations.This can be accessed at […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/20/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Local elections were held successfully yesterday across the Commonwealth. Governor Northam commended the thousands of people who voted through mail-in absentee ballot, and encouraged Virginians to do the same in the upcoming primary elections on June 23. The Governor’s office is now broadcasting the briefings in Spanish through the Virginia Department of Emergency […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/18/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Phase 1 of reopening began this past weekend and “went well.”Virginia Beach and First Landing State Park beaches will open to certain recreational activities on Friday, May 22, 2020 under local regulations. The Governor has convened a team focused on how to reopen schools. The Governor emphasized that we cannot let down our […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/15/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Phase One is beginning in much of the state today. “Entering Phase One does not mean we can start to behave how we used to.” Yesterday, Governor Northam approved a request similar to that of Northern Virginia leaders to delay the beginning of Phase One in the City of Richmond and Accomack County. […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/13/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Northern Virginia region will delay entering Phase One by two weeks, until May 28. NOVA is the only region that has requested to delay entering Phase One. The rest of the state is set to enter Phase One this Friday, May 15. FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase One – Begins Friday, May 15th […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/11/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Governor is allowing Northern Virginia (NOVA) localities to delay the expected Phase 1 easing of restrictions on May 15.NOVA localities sent a formal letter to the Governor requesting a delay of Phase 1 in their region.NOVA has a higher share of positive cases and hospitalizations than the rest of the state.This slower […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/8/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Phase One of re-opening will start Friday, May 15. “We are not flipping a light switch from closed to open. It’s more of a dimmer switch.” FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase One – Begins Friday, May 15th First of three planned phases, each lasting approximately 2-3 weeks: Phase One specifics:10-person limit on gatherings will […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/6/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES Details about the Phase One opening will be provided at Friday’s press conference. Today, Governor Northam asked President Trump to extend Virginia’s Title 32 status so that federal funding can continue to support the National Guard’s efforts to help combat COVID-19 in Virginia. HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING Rates of hospitalization have remained stable, […]

Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Briefing – 5/4/2020

TOPLINE UPDATES The Governor will extend Executive Order EO-53 on business and social restrictions, originally set to expire on May 8, through May 14.The Governor will adjust the “Stay at Home” order (EO-55) to “Safer at Home” to ease restrictions.The state will be publishing reopening and safety guidelines for various industries this week.Measures taken to […]