Elective surgery and dental procedures in Virginia can resume on Friday when the state's public order expires, according to Gov. Ralph Northam.
Hospitals and dental facilities will restart non-emergency procedures safely, Northam said at a briefing Wednesday.
"These are safe, clean places to go," Northam said.
Northam has partnered with the governors of Maryland and Delaware following President Trump's act requiring meat packing facilities to remain open.
The governors in the tri-state area are working with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials to assess plants and "reconfigure spaces" to ensure "workers are able to be separated and protected," Northam said.
"The majority of these workers have low incomes and are from communities of color; these factors place them at a higher risk," Northam said. "If we declare that workers at meat processing plants are essential, then it is imperative that we continue to support their health and well being," Northam said.
Virginia has 14,961 total cases with 622 new cases and 30 new Covid-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, health officials said.