Governor Northam's COVID-19 Briefing – 6/11/2020
FORWARD VIRGINIA PLAN: Phase Two – Begins Friday, June 5
- Northern Virginia and Richmond will go into Phase 2 this Friday, June 12.
- Virginia will stay in Phase 2 for a minimum of two weeks in order to allow for adequate data observation.
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- While other states have seen spikes in case numbers in the past week, Virginia's metrics continue to trend downward.
- Total cases have been trending downward in Virginia since the end of May.
- The number of deaths from COVID-19 has also started to trend downward over the last several weeks.
- Percent positivity of tests is continuing to decrease, with the rate dropping to 8.9% this week.
- At Virginia's peak, percent positivity was well over 20%.
- Governor Northam reminds Virginians that, despite the encouraging numbers, the virus is "still with us" and everyone must continue to behave cautiously in order to stay on this path.
- Addressing those attending protests across Virginia, Governor Northam encourages the use of face coverings at all times, and testing after attending a protest.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 52,647
- Total deaths: 1,520
MAY REVENUE REPORT
- Revenues are about 20% below where they were in May of 2019.
- This is slightly better than was anticipated at the end of March.
- The fiscal year ends June 30.
- It was estimated that Virginia's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 would be $1 billion below the (pre-pandemic) projected revenue.
- Currently, Virginia's revenue is $800 million below the projected revenue.
- The Governor will schedule a special session sometime in July to create a new budget.
- This is a necessity, since tax payments have been delayed until June.
- The special session will come after the re-forecasting of the budget.
REOPENING OF SCHOOLS- HIGHER EDUCATION
- May begin to open campuses and offer in-person instruction.
- Must meet certain public health conditions in order to re-open
- Ensure positive trends in public health data
- Community must have adequate healthcare capacity in the event of a surge in cases
- Institutions must submit comprehensive reopening plans to the State Council of Private Education
- Plans must be based upon the best available public health data, and VDH and CDC guidelines.
- Plans will include steps for increased social distancing, cleaning, and hygiene measures.
- The VDH offers testing guidance specified for institutions of higher education, which is available to all institutions in Virginia.
- Guidance for re-opening applies to all institutions, both public and private.
- While each institution has the ability to create their re-opening plan to best serve their unique needs, each plan, at minimum, must address the following considerations:
- Repopulation of campus, and travel off of campus for breaks or necessitated removal of students from campus.
- Monitoring of health conditions to quickly detect appearance of the virus
- Containment to prevent spread of the virus when detected
- Shutdown considerations if necessitated by severe conditions or public health guidance
- Institutions are encouraged to update their plans as more information becomes available.
- Specifically in the areas of testing and contact tracing.
- The Richmond City Council has agreed to remove the other Confederate statues from Monument Avenue, along with the Robert E. Lee statue, which belongs to the state.
- Governor Northam's new Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia law will continue to work to find and remove language in Virginia laws that perpetuate inequity in our state.
- They will focus specifically on public safety, criminal justice, health, housing and voting.
- They hope to have a report by November 15, 2020.