Governor Northam's COVID-19 Briefing – 5/22/2020
- The Virginia Department of Health is launching a new program, COVID Check, so that those who think they may have COVID-19 can answer questions online to determine what their next steps should be.
- The tool provides guidance based on symptoms, as well as providing resources for local testing locations.
- Governor Northam reminds Virginians to continue to observe social distancing guidelines, as well as the "Safer at Home" order throughout Memorial Day Weekend.
FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase One – Began Friday, May 15
- The Northam administration and VDH continue to monitor data trends, especially in the Phase 0 areas of NOVA, Richmond, and Accomack County, to determine when Virginia can safely enter Phase 2.
- Governor Northam stressed the importance of wearing face coverings in public for all Virginians.
- This includes children of all ages.
- More information on Phase 0 areas and their next steps will be shared on Tuesday.
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- Percent positivity in testing is at about 15% throughout the state, and is trending downward.
- The number of tests being administered daily continues to increase, with large-scale community testing being conducted throughout the state.
- There are 44 community testing events planned for next week, in both Northern Virginia and Richmond.
- 17,500 tests are expected to be administered during these events.
- 43 long term care facilities have completed point prevalence surveys, with the goal of all facilities throughout the state being surveyed.
- 15 facilities are being surveyed next week, with 6,000 tests to be administered.
- The VHHA is reporting the number of patients that have been treated in, and discharged from, their hospitals on their website.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 34,950
- 813 new cases in the last 24 hour reporting period.
- Total deaths: 1,136
- 37 new deaths in the last 24 hour reporting period
- There are 5,285 cases in the African American community, 22% of the total.
- The Latinx community has 10,977 cases, 47% of the total.
- The USDA has approved a Department of Social Services pilot program to allow SNAP recipients to use the benefits of the program when ordering groceries online.
- Amazon and Walmart are both participating in the program, allowing SNAP recipients to place orders for both pick-up and delivery.
- April's unemployment report showed Virginia at 10.6% unemployment.
- 720,000 have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic response.
- 44,000 new claims were filed this week.
- A new VEC call center is opening this week with 315 new employees to help meet the increased need.
- VPM is airing "Virginia Graduates Together", a program to celebrate class of 2020 graduates, next Friday.