Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam expects more coronavirus cases in days to come


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam gave an update on the state’s coronavirus outbreak Wednesday morning. The governor believes the number of cases will continue to rise.

In the press conference, we learned of a new coronavirus case in the Hanover County area, making it the first in Central Virginia. This brings the total of Virginia coronavirus cases to nine.

Gov. Northam said he will not be declaring a state of emergency at this time but said he is prepared to do so if that time comes.

Virginia’s response is unique to our commonwealth and our situation, Gov. Northam said.

So far, Virginia has not seen any “community spread” — which means the virus cannot be tracked back to a source, but health officials said they’re prepared for that possibility.

The Virginia Department of Health recommends you do the following to stop the spread of germs:

  • 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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