Watch: Gov. Ralph Northam updates state on coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 10:51 AM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 16:53:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam updated Virginians on the Commonwealth's coronavirus response after a third related death was confirmed.

On Sunday, health officials announced that Virginia is up to 219 cases of confirmed coronavirus. That was 67 new cases from Saturday's update.

As of 12 p.m., Monday, the Virginia Department of Health says that there now 254 cases. That is 35 more cases from Sunday's update. 3,697 people have now been tested.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Beach now has 17 coronavirus cases and James City County has 32.

To break down the cases, there are 95 in the northern region, 70 in eastern, 28 in the central region, 20 in the northwest and 6 in the southwest. As of Sunday, Virginia has a total of six deaths due to coronavirus.

Northam says that more equipment is being shipped to hospitals all over the state, including gloves, masks and respirators.

When addressing Virginians as a whole, Northam said that he sees many residents are taking social distancing seriously, whereas many are not.

Northam declared that, "This is not a holiday. This is not a vacation, please stay home."

Many parents were waiting to see if Northam would be addressing how much longer schools will be closed. He did not answer that directly in Sunday's press conference, but said information regarding schools will be addressed in Monday's 2 p.m. meeting.

On Saturday, Northam stated that restaurants, fitness centers and theaters not following the order can be charged with a misdemeanor and can lose their operating permit on the spot. "This is real. I am taking this seriously," Northam said.

The third death in Fairfax, also announced on Saturday, brings the number of related deaths in Virginia to three. Two of those deaths were in Hampton Roads.

Northam continues to stress the importance of social distancing and the no more than 10 people gathering order.

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