Gov. Northam continues to urge Virginians to stay home to help stop spread of COVID-19

Gov. Northam continues to urge Virginians to stay home to help stop spread of COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam holding a press conference in Richmond. (Source: WVIR)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Governor Northam is again urging Virginians to stay home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health announced earlier in the day that the current total confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 604, with 14 deaths.

The governor held a press conference in Richmond Friday, March 27. Northam said that while many folks in their 50s, and 60s make up a large portion of confirmed cases, he noted that 16% of cases are from people in their 20s.

On personal protection equipment, Gov. Northam said, “We do not have enough testing materials or equipment, largely due to supply chains.” He called on the Trump Administration to set up testing sites in Northern Virginia.

The Army Corps of Engineers is working with Virginia to identify possible hospital bed sites in the commonwealth. Also, the National Guard is currently helping to move supplies, and is ready to do more.

The Medical Reserve Corps has more than 8,000 deployable volunteers and 1,500 people have volunteered in the past month. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/ for more information.

Officials say there are thousands of COVID19 tests out there that have not be completed, this is due largely to the private/commercial labs that can days to return results to health districts or state lab.

Editor’s Note: This story is being updated.

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