Northern Virginia health leaders: we're not ready to reopen

Posted at 5:08 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 17:08:37-04

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Health directors in northern Virginia say the region is not yet ready to lift stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that the rest of the state is preparing to implement.

In a memo released Sunday, the health directors say the region is not meeting important benchmarks, like reducing COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The region’s political leaders wrote a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Sunday accompanying the memo.

They ask Northam to allow northern Virginia to move at a slower pace in easing restrictions.

Northam has said he'd consider allowing northern Virginia to exempt itself from Phase 1 of reopening the economy, which is expected to launch on Friday.

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