- 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 Management.
FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase One – Began Friday, May 15th
- The counties that have delayed entering Phase 1
continue to be in Phase 0, while the rest of Virginia slowly re-opens
- When data in these Phase 0 areas supports a successful re-opening, they will be able to enter Phase 1.
- Governor Northam and the VDH will continue to
follow CDC guidelines and data trends to determine movement through the phases
- The CDC has stipulated a downward trend in percent-positivity, across a 14 day period, in order to move from one phase to the next.
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- The VDH is now able to report case numbers by zip code.
- 9,782 PCR and 426 antibody tests were administered yesterday, totaling over 10,000 tests.
- Percent-positivity is continuing to trending downward in Virginia.
- Virginian’s can seek testing from their providers,
local clinics, and community testing events.
- While those showing symptoms are a priority, community testing events are open to all, so long as there are tests available.
- $58 million from the CARES Act has been directed to ramp up contact tracing to keep up with increased testing.
- The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) has
been responsible for distributing Virginia’s PPE throughout the state.
- Health districts report need for PPE to the VDH,
who helps the Emergency Support Team to determine where PPE should be
- Providers have been asked to exhaust their private supply chains before requesting state-provided PPE, but are always encouraged to reach out to the state for any help they may need.
- So far, Virginia has distributed:
- 793,675 N95 masks
- 1.3 million surgical masks
- 3 million gloves
- 285,031 gowns
- 427,425 face shields
- 24,359 containers of hand sanitizer
- Health districts report need for PPE to the VDH, who helps the Emergency Support Team to determine where PPE should be distributed.
- The Department of General Services has
established a new rapid-review process for vendors selling COVID-19 PPE.
- The list of approved vendors is available at dgs.virginia.gov.
- Each skilled nursing facility in Virginia will receive a shipment of PPE from FEMA.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 32,908
- 763 new in the last 24 hour reporting period.
- Total deaths: 1,074
- 33 new in the last 24 hour reporting period.
- 235,199 total tests (PCR and antibody) administered.
- 5,082 cases (23%) in Virginia are in the African American community.
- This includes 226 deaths (24%).
- 10,167 cases (46%) in Virginia are in the Latinx
- This includes 87 deaths (10%).
- Local elections were held yesterday and “went smoothly” throughout the state.
- Social distancing and sanitation measures were able to be successfully implemented at polling sites.
- 55,000 people voted through absentee by mail ballots.
- Primaries will be held on June 23.
- The Department of Elections has begun preparing
to hold the elections safely.
- Poll workers will be provided PPE and sanitizing equipment, and all voters are encouraged to wear a face covering.
- Deadline to request an absentee ballot is midnight on June 15.
- The Department of Elections has begun preparing to hold the elections safely.