Watch: Gov. Northam updates state on coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 13:51:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Ralph Northam updates Virginians on the Commonwealth's coronavirus response after he ordered the closure of all state schools Monday.

As of 12 p.m., Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health says that there are now 290 cases and seven deaths. 4,470 people have now been tested.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Beach now has 17 coronavirus cases and James City County has 37. As of Sunday, Virginia has a total of six deaths due to coronavirus.

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

On Monday, Northam ordered that all schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Northam also ordered all non-essential businesses such as salons and gyms to close for thirty days. Northam said Tuesday during the press conference, businesses with questions can email

Northam calls the recent orders the "new normal" for the state on Tuesday.

The governor says Virginia has received its first order of medical supplies and have distributed them. Northam says they are awaiting another shipment soon.