RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and state officials provided an update to the state’s cases of coronavirus Wednesday morning.
Dr. Norman Oliver said there are now 77 cases of coronavirus in Virginia. Here’s a breakdown:
- 14 in Central Virginia
- 19 in Eastern Virginia
- 39 in Northern Virginia
- 5 in Northwest Virginia
There have been three outbreaks of coronavirus in Virginia — two of them have been in Richmond. In James City County, health officials are investigating over 315 contracts of possible coronavirus transmission, the county has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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Currently, there are 65 tests in the process of being run at a state lab and more in private labs. Virginia currently has the capacity to test 260-360 patients.
Virginia Secretary of Health Dr. Daniel Carey said they have nearly 2,000 ICU beds. Six regional healthcare coalitions said they have approximately 400 ventilator systems that can be deployed.
Gov. Northam said the National Guard could play an important role in relieving pressure on hospitals.
“Whether that be with space, if we need to move into other structures, if we need to put up tents as we would in mass units, if we need more equipment such as ventilators and probably most importantly if we need more staff,” Gov. Northam explained.
During the conference, Northam took the time to thank first responders and Virginia’s medical staff who continue to work around the clock to keep Virginians safe.
“I want to thank Virginians for taking this seriously. We will get through this, thank you,” Gov. Northam said.
Governor Northam responded to questions about child care, saying he is working on guidance for child care centers and asking that they keep the number of people in a classroom under 10.
The governor said he asked the Department of Education for flexibility in regard to state testing. Northam said he wants to make sure testing requirements won’t negatively affect Virginia students.
In closing, Northam said he has not made a decision on the National Guard but spoke with them so they are ready in case Virginia needs them.
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