Tag: Gov. Northam

By Stefanie Jackson – Due to COVID-19, the 2020 U.S. presidential election will be “unprecedented,” and nonpartisan administrators are working to ensure “the voting process moves safely and securely,” Gov. Ralph Northam said during a press briefing Sept. 15. Election officials anticipate a high number of absentee voters, which are...
By Stefanie Jackson – Virginia is identifying about 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, and the COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.8%, which has been decreasing over the last 12 days, Gov. Ralph Northam reported during a press briefing Sept. 15. “When we’ve had these outbreaks, local elected officials...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today he will tighten coronavirus-related restrictions in Hampton Roads due to its increased rate of positive cases of COVID-19, but other Virginia regions, including the Eastern Shore, will remain in Phase III of the state’s reopening plan. Starting Friday, July 31, in...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam has no plans yet to tighten restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, in spite of a statewide rise in cases of COVID-19, he indicated during a press briefing today. “I want to reassure Virginians, we are not seeing spikes like Florida or Texas. Florida...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in Virginia continues to decline, and the state will enter Phase Three of its reopening Wednesday, July 1. “I want to remind all of you, this is because Virginians, you, have followed the guidelines...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam devoted the majority of his June 2 press briefing to addressing the tragedy of George Floyd – who died last week while restrained by Minneapolis police – and the ongoing protests that followed. The Rev. Kelvin Jones, pastor of First Baptist Church in...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam signed executive order 65 today, which will ease business restrictions on Friday, June 5, when most localities will enter Phase Two of his Forward Virginia plan to safely reopen the state’s economy. “Because of our collective efforts, Virginia has made tremendous progress in...
By Stefanie Jackson – Starting Friday, May 29, all Virginians will be required to wear face masks in public, Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a May 26 press conference on the state’s continued response to COVID-19. The mandate applies to all individuals age 10 and older, who use public transportation or...
By Stefanie Jackson – Gov. Ralph Northam announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized Virginia’s participation in a pilot program that will allow recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps, to purchase groceries online for home delivery. “This continued public health emergency...
By Stefanie Jackson – May 15 begins the first phase of Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan for Virginia to reopen for business. “We are not flipping a light switch from closed to open. It’s more of a dimmer switch,” Northam said last Friday when he unveiled Phase One of the three-phase Forward...