Northam and VDH say there are 219 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam said there are 67 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia, raising the number 219 confirmed cases.

Northam said the number of confirmed cases will continue to increase as more tests are done. A representative from the Virginia Department of Health said they still had 1,000 tests available. However, Northam added the number of cases, will increase if people continue to ignore social distancing guidelines.

“I want every Virginian to hear this message … it is up to us to protect the vulnerable people. It is us to act responsibly and avoid crowds,” Northam said.

He also reiterated his warning that businesses operating with more than 10 people could lose their operating permit on the spot.

“Again I remind our localities if you see a business not practicing the 10 person rule to shut them down,” Northam said.

Brian Moran, secretary of public safety, said there are no inmates in any state correctional facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

“As of this moment there are no positive tests in our correctional facilities,” Moran said. “To date, I am not aware of any who have actually been tested for the COVID. Some have been presented for testing and frankly haven’t met the guidelines instituted and followed by the department of health.”

In-person visits to state facilities have been suspended, as well as transfers from local and regional jails.

Northam said they will be making an announcement about k-12 schools next week. Currently, the state is one week into a two-week closure of all public schools.

The governor said his press conferences are moving from 11 a.m. daily to 2 p.m. daily. 8News will continue to stream them on-air and online.

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