The gradual reopening of Virginia to more in-person commercial activity may be slower in Northern Virginia due to higher rates of COVID-19. Leaders there have urged Governor Ralph Northam to proceed slowly. This edition of the show summarizes Northam's May 11, 2020 briefing. Later on in the show, we’ll hear from Dr. Cameron Webb and Dr. Taison Bell, two doctors at the University of Virginia.
"But I also recognize that we live in a diverse Commonwealth and different regions face different challenges. That's why the Phase One restrictions are a floor but not a ceiling. While no region may move faster to ease restrictions, we're open to some regions moving more slowly. I have been speaking regularly with officials in Northern Virginia. I asked them to send us a formal letter outlining that they are unified in requesting a delay. Uniformity across the region is critical to a successful strategy rather than having restrictions piece-meal across towns or counties." - Governor Ralph Northam, May 11, 2020
"As we've said repeatedly, the number of cases alone does not give us an accurate picture of the disease. But we can make some comparisons across regions and Northern Virginia consistently has a significant portion of our cases statewide. In the past 24 hours, for example, Northern Virginia reported more than 700 cases. The rest of Virginia reported fewer than 300."- Governor Ralph Northam, May 11, 2020