Our Governor announced a few updates on the shutdown of our Commonwealth during today’s press conference. More information is provided in this newsletter.
Our data is showing that social distancing is working. According to a Virginia specific model created by the University of Virginia for the Governor’s Office, the measures we have taken this past month are slowing the spread of the virus.
We are coming up on more than a month since this pandemic has shut our Commonwealth down. These past few weeks have been a huge struggle for everyone. So many Virginians have suffered on more than one front because of this virus.
I know this pandemic has upended our lives. With Passover and other religious holidays coming up, now may be the time we would want to gather with our family, friends, and community. But we have to continue to remember the sacrifice we are making by staying at home so we can protect everyone’s health and safety.
Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week. I think I can speak for most people when I say to our healthcare providers: THANK YOU! Our healthcare providers are putting their lives at risk every day to ensure we stay safe and healthy. I am so grateful for the sacrifice they are making.
Governor Northam talked about how after testing every resident in a nursing home in Virginia for COVID-19, 53 of the residents who tested positive showed no symptoms. This is just one indicator of how this insidious virus can infect so many people without the slightest physical sign.