- Phase One is beginning in much of the state
- “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.
- These delayed areas will now plan to enter Phase One on May 28.
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- PCR tests and antibody tests have been
disaggregated in VDH data reports, and will now be reported separately.
- This change has not had an effect on testing trends, with testing numbers still increasing and positive case numbers still decreasing.
- Antibody tests currently make up about 9% of the total tests administered in Virginia.
- Virginia now has 215 testing sites, with 52 new
sites currently being prepared to open.
- This includes hospitals, free clinics, pharmacies, and more.
- $121 million has been appropriated through VDEM
for purchase of PPE.
- This includes an additional $32.3 million for testing.
- The VDH has received close to 4,000 applications
for contact tracers as they ramp up this ability in each health district.
- Onboarding plans for these new workers are being finalized.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 28,672
- 859 new in the last 24 hour reporting period
- Total deaths: 977
- 22 new in the last 24 hour reporting period
- 4,586 cases (23%) have been reported in the
African American community.
- This includes 207 deaths, about 24% of Virginia’s total.
- 8,466 cases (44%) have been reported in the
- This includes 76 deaths, about 10% of the total.
STATE REVENUE REPORT
- The first monthly revenue report that shows the impact of COVID-19 closures on Virginia’s economy was completed yesterday.
- April revenue collection was down 26%, which is $700 million less than usual.
- The current prediction is that Virginia will see a loss of about $1 billion by the end of June.
- Secretary of Finance Lane says that Virginia’s
economic activity “held up well”, likely due to the strength of the economy
- This has not been a “total shutdown” of economic activity.
- 20% of revenue comes from sales taxes, which
remained even throughout the month of April.
- This reflects a successful move from in-person purchases to socially distanced purchases.
- The majority of revenue loss for the month of
April is due to the extension of the tax filing deadline from May 1 to June 1.
- The picture of the true state of the economy will become more clear as tax payments come in.
- $650 million from the CARES Act is expected to
be distributed to localities by June 1.
- These funds can be used to offset costs directly related to the COVID-19 response.
- Governor Northam continues to encourage
Virginian’s to vote through absentee ballot in next week’s local elections.
- Younger, less at-risk, members of the National Guard and the Volunteer Medical Corps are being used to staff polling places in the place of older people who may be more at-risk of contracting the virus.
- The state will also provide PPE and cleaning equipment for all polling places and staffers.
- A lawsuit against the Virginia Department of
Corrections citing cruel and unusual punishment during the COVID-19 outbreak
has been dismissed.
- Secretary Moran ensures the public that the DOC is following all CDC guidelines, including efforts to maintain separation of inmates.