Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons

Governor Northam's COVID-19 Briefing - 12/2/2020


  • Cases continue to rise in each region throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Virginia is at 8.3 percent positivity, up from 5% a few weeks ago.
  • Virginia expects to receive an initial 70,000 Pfizer doses in mid-December.


  • Virginia recorded over 2,400 new cases and 20 deaths today.
  • 15,000 Virginians are currently hospitalized for COVID-19.
  • Virginia is doing relatively well compared to the national average, but neighboring states remain a concern. In southwest Virginia, for example, Ballad Health has halted elective surgeries in all their hospitals.


  • Pfizer and Moderna are rolling out their vaccines, with Pfizer preparing shipments to the United States and Moderna seeking emergency use authorization from the FDA.
  • Governor Northam explained that vaccines are safe and effective; research and development process was rigorous and included the best science from around the world.
  • Virginia will follow CDC guidelines on vaccine distribution; identified health care workers and nursing home residents as first priority.


  • Governor Northam announced that he intends to nominate Angela Navarro to fill a vacancy on the State Corporation Commission. Navarro is an attorney who recently served in Northam’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade.