Click above to watch Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement Friday afternoon.
COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse.
— Gov. Ralph Northam
Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday afternoon announced new restrictions to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 15, the restrictions include:
• A limit on gatherings to 25 people, down from 250.
• Everyone 5 and older must wear face masks in public spaces indoors. The regulation has applied those 10 and older.
• Enforcement of social distancing, mask wearing and cleaning at essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, will increase. Violations could result in Class 1 misdemeanor charges.
• On-premises serving of alcohol will end at 10 p.m.
Virginia recently has averaged 1,500 new COVID-19 cases per day — up from an average of 1,200 in May, Gov. Northam noted.
Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients have increased more than 35 percent statewide in the last four weeks.
The rate of positive tests has risen to 6.5 percent — and higher in Southwest Virginia, along with this region, because of an outbreak at the Coffeewood Correctional Center in Culpeper County.
The U.S. on Friday reported a one-day record of more than 153,000 new case, with 66,000 people were hospitalized nationwide.
“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Mr. Northam said. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.
@Silii - Agreed 100%. All of us are paying the price for a Pandemic that some of us didn't take seriously. ALL OF US!
Silii · November 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm
Gripe all you want. Covid19 is bringing down our healthcare system. Trying to stop the spread is part of trying to salvage what's left of our healthcare. Has anyone stopped to think about the COST of the pandemic: health care providers, hospitals, tests, medicines, support services, equipment.... on and on. Someone is going to have to pick up the tab - private insurors via raising premiums, medicare, medicaid. Regardless, it comes out of our pockets one way or another. So, let's do what we can to stop the spread.
Linda Ward · November 16, 2020 at 1:24 pm
Jennie - Are you the same Jennie who says she is a college educated Hispanic woman? Why are you waiting tables? Did you receive a Federal Loan to go to college that you don't have to pay back? What was your major or did you even graduate?
Sad that you're having money issues, but IF you don't have a student loan to pay back, you are among the lucky ones. It's going to worse before it get better thanks to the current POTUS and the GOP.
badelectronics · November 16, 2020 at 7:30 am
@SaveFauquiercounty2019: Please tell me what Northam had do to with Fauquier Health's sale to HealthPoint and the subsequent sucking sounds that the Equity firm that now owns Fauquier Health makes every time they send money out of the community? How the F can you make such idiotic generalizations and still be able to breathe on your own?
Savefauquiercounty2019 · November 15, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Another doctor who should not be in politics. He was part of a regime that lowered quality if care. Hospitals in our nation kill 5000 patients a week due to neglience and preventable medical errors. If you get COVID and get admitted to a low rated hospital you probably aren't going to survive. Thanks Northam and the corrupt that fund you.
badelectronics · November 15, 2020 at 8:41 am
@Jennie: You lost me at the 'racist Governor' meme.
Jennie · November 15, 2020 at 5:31 am
Don't worry, you only get the virus if it is after 10pm at the bars. Thanks to our wonderful racist Governor, I will ONCE AGAIN be out of a job. I wore my mask at work, even with severe asthma, I disinfected with cleaners and UV lights after every guest. Our business still as not recovered, far from it. I have a household to maintain with children, my savings was completely wiped out and I am still in the hole. Meanwhile county employees are getting a bonus, thanks to my tax dollars.
badelectronics · November 14, 2020 at 10:18 pm
DougF-artsniffer!!! DO you smell that? Did you crap your pants? Nope. You did not. You are simply sniffing another fart.
Mark House · November 14, 2020 at 7:01 pm
DougF - If you can't take the heat, get out of the comments section.
Mark House · November 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm
DougF - It might behoove you to direct your complaint to the person who posted the study on hurricanes. It wasn't me. I asked you a question, I did not attack you.
I agree with PabloCruz.
DougF · November 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Mark, a foundational requirement for science is reproducibility. The study you used for your smear is not reproducible.
Interesting that you, when unable to challenge my facts, resort to attacking me personally. I guess that's indicative of your character.
A Loudoun county businessman along w/ Chap Petersen (D - Fairfax) have a legal case against the state.
It comes down to this. How much authority does the state have to prevent you from working and operating a business in the middle of a "crisis". Freedom loving people would argue that we have a freedom to assemble and these draconian measures over long periods of time have no constitutional basis. 25 people? Are you serious?
Furthermore, there's zero evidence that lockdowns work in countries of this size w/ economies of our magnitude.
PabloCruz · November 14, 2020 at 1:34 pm
DougF- “ Mark House, your assertions regarding Sturgis are based on a model. Models are not science. We should let the science guide us.”
Tell that to the National Weather Service. Hurricane modeling is based on science and and millions of computations of data. And they’re remarkably accurate. We rely on those every hurricane season to help keep people out of harms way. But I guess you wouldn’t.
October: "Overall, Northam garners 2-to-1 approval from Virginia voters for his handling of the pandemic: 64% approve, 32% disapprove and 4% offered no opinion, in the poll."
DougF · November 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm
Mark House, your assertions regarding Sturgis are based on a model. Models are not science. We should let the science guide us.
DougF · November 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm
So far no one has been able to explain away the my observations regarding the incompatibility of the VDH reported facts with Governor Northam's statements on cases and deaths.
As for his observation on hospitalizations, Virginia's increase in hospitalizations began around 22 October. On 22 October the FDA approved Remdisivir. Remdisivir requires hospitalization. Obviously, Remdisivir is a confounding factor in hospitalization trends.
Mark House · November 14, 2020 at 11:12 am
DougF is also the one who said that the Sturgis Rally didn't have much of an effect on the Midwest even though thousands of rally attendees spread across 15 states afterward and the Midwest is exploding with CV-19.
It definitely didn't help did it Doug? Can you at least acknowledge that fact?
Mark House · November 14, 2020 at 11:08 am
The Governor can impose restrictions but will people listen. We'll see. Businesses will certainly have to, but the general public, meh, I see the same old same old going on.
Sammy · November 14, 2020 at 10:41 am
DougF: the last paragraph above explains what you claim puzzles you ..
cut and paste .. “COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” Mr. Northam said."
thanks governor/doctor northam for your leadership during this crisis, sad to see dougf gaming it
Demosthenes · November 14, 2020 at 6:25 am
Jgd1 - The alcohol restrictions exist because people in restaurants after 10 pm are not having a drink with dinner, they are hanging out at the bar having a few. And then judgement becomes lax, people become more social-able, then germs get shared. It is a strange way to regulate that though because the same behavior could be happening at 8 or 9 pm. Would make more sense to somehow regulate the bar area of a restaurant in general.
DougF · November 13, 2020 at 10:14 pm
I watched Governor Northam’s address on YouTube. I’m puzzled by a couple of statements he made when he was explaining his rationale. Those statements do not appear to agree to the Virginia Department of Health report of “Key Measures” for the pandemic.
At :23 Governor Northam says “Across Virginia coronavirus cases are on the rise”. However, the measure of “Cases by Symptom Onset” clearly show that that Central, Eastern, and Northwest districts are in the same range they’ve been in for weeks.
At :39 he says “And more people are dying”. However, the measure “Deaths by Date of Death” clearly show that all health regions are in the same range they’ve been in for weeks. No region has increasing number of deaths from COVID-19, meaning overall the Commonwealth does not have and increasing number of deaths from COVID-19.
I do understand the Governor’s concern with increased hospitalizations. However, the VDH “Key Measures” clearly show that statewide and in each region hospitals are not constrained by bed capacity or staffed bed capacity. Moreover, the VDH numbers show only 10% of patients have COVID-19.
His statements are puzzling.
Jgd1 · November 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm
I do not understand how the alcohol curfew for restaurants will help the battle with Covid-19?