Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has extended his order closing recreation and entertainment businesses, as well as personal care services, and banning gatherings of more than 10 people, through May 8.
According to Northam, Virginia’s “Stay at Home” order remains in effect until June 10. The governor said at this time, he doesn’t plan to extend that order from that point, but emphasized, that it remains a fluid situation and that decisions are being made on a day-to-day basis.
Virginia is reporting 329 new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of cases to 6,500.
The state is also reporting 41 new deaths, for a total of 195 Covid-19 related deaths, which is a big jump from the last report, according to Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver.
Oliver noted, however, that death surveillance is not done in real time, and that the new large number of deaths is a correction in their data reporting, where many of those deaths are from a prior time, with information just now coming in on those.
According to the health commissioner, the state’s data on racial and ethnic categories remains incomplete, but of the available data, 30% of the total cases are African American, and 35% of the deaths are African American.
Northam also spoke about thinking ahead to what a new normal may look like in days ahead, saying “right now, that new normal will probably look like covering you face, spending more time at home, telework, if you can, continuing to use social distancing, and to stay away from large gathering.”