Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response

Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response
To make it easier to stay up to date, NBC12 put everything you need to know in one place. (Source: NBC12)

Locations

Richmond, Central Virginia

Last Reviewed

06/4/2020, 8:58 p.m.

Overview

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order on March 23. The entire state is in Phase One of reopening but most of the state will move into Phase Two on June 5, with Richmond and Northern Virginia being exceptions. An indoor mask mandate also began Friday, May 29. More info.

Stay at Home

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order on March 23, which will last until June 10 unless amended. Residents should stay indoors except for essentials and exercise. Northam also announced an indoor mask mandate that began Friday, May 29. More info.

Closures

The entire state is in Phase One of reopening but most of the state will move into Phase Two on June 5, with Richmond and Northern Virginia being exceptions. More restrictions will be lifted on restaurants and even allow some entertainment venues to reopen with guidelines. Public beaches reopened with guidelines similar to Virginia Beach in place. More info.

Events

Governor issued an order banning gatherings of more than 10, which did not change under Phase One. During Phase Two, gatherings will be limited to 50 people. More info.

Healthcare Status

There are currently 4,152 beds available with only 19 percent of its ventilators in use. More info.

Schools

Schools have been ordered to close for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. School divisions are offering free meals to students. More info.

How to Help

Donate to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund here.

Public Transport

GRTC has implemented guidelines and restrictions for ridership. More info.

Unemployment

Virginia’s unemployment rate shot up into the double digits in April. The Virginia Employment Commission reported on Friday, May 22 that the state’s rate rose to 10.6% in April from 3.3% the month before. File an application here.

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