UPDATE: Gov. Ralph Northam will require all state employees in Virginia to get the COVID-19 vaccine or be subject to weekly testing starting Sept. 1. Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Health is shifting its mask guidance for PreK-12 schools to align with a recent reversal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, all students and staff are being told to mask up, regardless of vaccination status. >>> READ THE FULL STORY HERE
Our earlier report
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will hold a press briefing Thursday afternoon to discuss the state’s rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,760 new cases on August 5. The positivity rate in Virginia is 6.8%. This data is expected to rise as the Delta variant continues to infect communities across the Commonwealth.
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Gov. Northam and other Virginia health leaders to discuss the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and what challenges may lie ahead in the fight against the virus.
Virginia health leaders said one of the biggest hurdles now is combating vaccine misinformation.
In a briefing, Wednesday afternoon, the Commonwealth’s Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula hinted that Gov. Northam was considering a state vaccine mandate for all state employees. The governor will likely address that in his briefing today.
WRIC.com will livestream the conference online or on-air at 2 p.m.