It has now been two weeks since Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 55, the stay at home order, to stop the slow of COVID-19. He has no plans to loosen the directive. Every aspect of life in Virginia has been affected, and will continue to be as we continue a long wait to see if social distancing is working. In this installment, more on modeling data, health disparities in the African American community and a request from someone in the salon industry. There's also an update on Albemarle County's budget.
“If we try to rush to get our lives back to normal, the number of cases will spike higher and earlier. And we can’t afford that.” - Governor Ralph Northam, April 13, 2020
“The scenario that we don’t want is for Virginia to do one thing and for Maryland to do another as far as when restaurants or bars would open. We’re only separated by the Potomac River and that’s the case with DC as well. We also have North Carolina to our south and so we are working very closely.” - Governor Ralph Northam, April 13, 2020
“A lot of what makes African-Americans susceptible to COVID disease are issues that pre-existed the arrival of COVID. Increased rates of hypertension, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, kidney disease. These are things that are linked to the structural barriers and racism, institutions that were set up a while ago, but persist nevertheless. This is an instance where we can draw a direct line between the health and safety of one community and the health and safety of another community.” - Dr. Taison Bell, April 13, 2020
“There is absolutely no way that we can cut five to ten percent of the department’s operating budget and not see some effect on services that we provide to our community every day.” - Albemarle County Executive Jeffrey Richardson, April 13, 2020