Charlottesville Quarantine Report
Episode 36 - Executive Order 63 says "Mask Up!"
This edition of the show recaps the past week of gubernatorial briefings as well as as an interview put together for the show by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Mary Davis Hamlin interviews Frank Dukes of the Institute for Engagement and Negotiation at the University of Virginia. You now have to wear a mask inside businesses in Virginia, according to Executive Order 63. On Tuesday, Governor Northam addressed photographs that showed him without wearing a mask last weekend at Virginia Beach. On Thursday, there was more information about masks, economic development and more.
- The death toll in Virginia from COVID-19 is 1,358 as of Friday, May 29. Testing capacity has increased significantly this week, with 46,381 samples proceeded, compared with about 26,000 samples processed over a week in late April. The percent positive has now decreased to 13.4, down from 14.3 on Monday, May 25. These numbers are being used to determine when it will be appropriate for Virginia to enter the second phase of the Forward Virginia Plan to reopen the economy.
- The University of Virginia will reopen for the fall semester with in-person instruction beginning on August 25. That’s according to a report in the Cavalier Daily. However, the semester will end before the Thanksgiving break. Not all of the details have been revealed, but larger classes will be taught online. More information will be announced by mid-June.
- On the day that Executive Order 63 came into effect requiring facial coverings to be work inside public spaces, Albemarle County distributed over 1,700 masks. Pick up locations were spread out all across the county. Another similar event is being planned.