Watch: Gov. Northam updates state after VDH confirms 34 deaths

Posted at 9:30 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 15:00:42-04

The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 1,484, with 34 deaths reported due to the virus.

The number of deaths jumped by seven between Tuesday and Wednesday, as Tuesday's report confirmed 27 deaths in the state. Eastern Virginia reported 12 deaths.

According to the VDH, 15,344 people in the state have been tested for coronavirus as of Wednesday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a "stay at home" order for the entire state Monday, with the maximum sentence for not complying with the order set at 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Northam updated the state on the growing pandemic, Wednesday at 2 p.m. He reminded Virginia residents of his stay at home order.

"For now we are at the beginning of this virus. That is why it’s so important for Virginians to stay at home. If we stay at home we don’t give the virus a chance to infect the next person. We slow it down. The virus can’t live by itself. It needs people like you and me referred to as hosts for it to survive and spread," Northam says.

Northam say he's been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for alternative sites for hospital beds at the Hampton Convention Center.

Northam says more details will come in Friday's briefing.

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