Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam does not anticipate reopening the state before May 8, he said in a news conference Friday.
Northam outlined his “Forward Virginia” plan and explained that phase one of reopening will require downward trends in new cases and hospitalizations for 14 days; increased testing and contact tracing and a sustainable supply of hospital beds and personal protective equipment.
Northam compared the recovery to the aftermath of September 11.
“Americans were fearful of getting on an airplane and flying, understandably so, and so a lot of modifications were made and in time people again became comfortable,” Northam said. “That’s what we’re doing with all of our efforts.”
Northam said Virginia’s goal is to eventually process 10,000 tests per day. The state processed 4,000 tests each of the last two days.
Northam also said that he is not considering reopening the state by region or county.