WATCH: Northam addresses testing options for Virginians

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Ralph Northam (D) said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing that Virginians have several ways to get tested for COVID-19 as the state inches closer to reaching 10,000 tests per day, a goal set by the governor earlier in the month.

Virginia conducts roughly 10,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests a day but state health officials said the health department’s site does not reflect those numbers at this time. In his remarks, the governor addressed the multiple options to get tested in Virginia, including the expansion of testing events.

“There are a few different ways that one can get tested,” Northam said. “One is to go to your provider or your local clinic. Another is the community testing events that the department of health is organizing in targeted locations around the commonwealth. While people who have symptoms are a priority, everyone is welcome at testing events as long as tests are available.”

According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are nearly 33,000 coronavirus cases and 1,074 deaths linked to the virus in the commonwealth.

Phase One of Northam’s “Forward Virginia” plan has already started in most of the state, with the exception of Northern Virginia, the city of Richmond and Accomack County on the Eastern Shore. Northam said the first weekend of reopening in Virginia was successful.

On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced he would allow public beaches in Virginia Beach to reopen with restrictions in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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