It’s another Sunday under lockdown as we all have questions about how Virginia and its local governments are doing in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Governor Ralph Northam went on CNN to dispute a claim from the executive branch of the federal government that states had enough resources to test. This show brings highlights from the April 17 press briefing, as well as updates on what local government is doing in Greene County and Louisa County. We begin the show with a quick round-up of other news.
“We are making plans so we have screening, testing, tracking, and isolation options. We need resources for testing supplies, for the work force to do the tracking, apps to help with this work, and more.” - Governor Ralph Northam, April 17, 2020
“I want to remind Virginians that even though we continue to see cases go up that doesn’t mean that social distancing is not working, because it is. The point of social distancing is to slow the spread, not eliminate it entirely.” - Governor Ralph Northam, April 17, 2020
“We want to get to significantly higher amounts [of COVID-19 testing]. Thousands more per day to accomplish the missions that the Governor has outlined. It’s exploring how to do that when there is still just like there’s a PPE shortage, getting new machines from manufacturing so that our academic centers can produce more labs per day. We’re scouring the country looking for that equipment and helping our institutions increase testing. We just haven’t been successful because of the national shortage but we realize we need to get significantly higher testing to accomplish the missions that the governor has indicated have to be done.” - Dan Carey, Virginia's Health Secretary, April 17, 2020
“The Greene County Public School division continues their meal program and they have also expanded the program to include Ruckersville Elementary School. And as a reminder, meals can be picked up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays." - Melissa Meador, Greene County Emergency Services Director, April 14, 2020
“There are certain types of meetings that the public needs to be at physically. I just one hundred percent believe that. They have to look us in the eye and they have to look us in the eye and vote accordingly.” - Louisa County Supervisor Eric Purcell, April 6, 2020