RICHMOND – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Monday advised the public that, due to the spread of COVID-19, everyone should wear a mask when going out in public.
Even with the lack of masks in the state homemade masks are a reliable tool.
In response to the shortage in personal protective equipment – masks, gloves, gowns and other gear – Northam has signed a $27 million deal with medical equipment firm Northfield to bring in extra PPE masks. The shipment will be arriving from Asia a week from today. He contracted with Estes Trucking to help with the distribution of masks and equipment.. 56,000 MRE – meals ready to eat – have been given to food banks across the state for a six-week food supply.
The state health department has shipped 1 million old H1N1 masks and supplies to be reconditioned and distributed by the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association. Virginia has not received necessary quantities of tests needed to provide widespread testing among the state’s 8.5 million residents.
As of Monday the total number of cases in Virginia is 2,878, with 241 new cases in the previous 24 hours. The number of deaths in Virginia is 54 and 3 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. In the LENOSWISCO and the Cumberland Plateau health districts in far Southwest Virginia, four counties have reported a total of seven cases: Wise, Lee, Russell, and Tazewell,
Northam said state emergency officials have made contracts to build three alternative healthcare facilities in the Richmond Convention center, Hampton Roads Convention Center, and Dulles Convention Center. These facilities will begin to be built this week.
Self isolation is still in effect and people should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.