Coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia surpass 1,000; Northam issues stay-at-home order

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on COVID-19 for Monday, March 30.

Virginia has reported 1,020 coronavirus cases, with 136 people in the hospital and 25 deaths as of Monday. Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Virginia at Monday’s press briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

More coronavirus developments:

3 Richmond Ambulance Authority employees test positive for COVID-19

Three Richmond Ambulance Authority employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees who tested positive were a paramedic, EMT and a member of the support staff.

RAA said none of the employees are believed to have gotten the virus while at work or interacted with any co-workers or patients while sick. They added all three people immediately notified RAA upon showing symptoms and self quarantined.

Richmond councilwoman urges city to relieve the local tax burden on restaurants

As restaurants continue to be hit hard by social distancing guidelines during the virus pandemic, a Richmond councilwoman is seeking to rescind taxes these businesses are required to pay.

Drafted resolutions by Councilwoman Kim Gray, who represents the city’s 2nd District, indicate Richmond should do away with the city’s meals tax for February through May, and restaurants should be refunded 50 percent of license taxes they’ve paid for 2020.

Virginia gets one step closer to canceling state SOL testing

Virginia is expected to cancel its SOLs, which are federally mandated under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, after the U.S. Department of Education waived the testing requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane submitted a waiver for the state after the federal agency said the application did not need to be approved by Virginia’s Board of Education and that the Virginia Department of Education could implement the waiver. The waiver will still require formal approval before the state’s reading, math and science tests can be canceled.

Northam issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Virginia at Monday’s press briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will go into effect immediately and remain in place until June 10.

The order mandates that people must stay home unless they are traveling for work or for an essential task. Beaches and private camp grounds must remain closed under the order, but restaurants may still deliver food or have takeout options.

The governor teased the announcement on Twitter hours before his scheduled 2 p.m. press conference.

Maryland governor announces stay-at-home order

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has signed a stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the state.

“It took nearly three weeks for the national capital region to go from zero to 1,000 cases of COVID-19. It took just three days for the region to more than double from 1,000 to more than 2,500 cases,” Hogan said before making the announcement. “The number of cases across Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia have more than quadrupled over the past week and already 51 people have died.”

Coronavirus cases in Virginia pass 1,000

At this time, Virginia has 1,020 cases of coronavirus, health officials reported Monday. Twenty-five Virginians have died from the virus and 136 people are hospitalized. Health officials said they expect the number of cases to rise as more testing becomes available.

40 cases of COVID-19 at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Health Center

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb in Virginia, one rehab center in Henrico County has been hit hard.

The Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center has 40 cases of COVID-19. Eight people have died from the virus at this center.

Over the weekend, health officials said they have taken the steps to try and contain the spread like identifying hot and cold zones and setting up showers by the exists.

City of Richmond offices will remain closed in April

The City of Richmond announced its offices would remain closed to the public from April 1 to April 12.

“The continued closure is designed to ensure the health and safety of residents, employees and the general public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the announcement from the city said.

Here are some tips from VDH on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

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