Norfolk, VA. On Wednesday, the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam spoke exclusively with news 3 reporter Zak Dahlheimer.
“Together, if we are all part of the solution, we can get through this,” said Northam.
The Governor continues to monitor COVID-19th in HAMPTON roads and the Commonwealth.
Governor Northam the full interview with Zak Dahlheimer
“We are following very closely the positivity rate,” Northam said today at a press 3. “Especially in HAMPTON roads, the positivity rate was more than 12%. It’s very, very concerning. I will continue to follow him. All options are on the table. We have stepped up enforcement. As you know, a few restaurants lost their licenses. But we take this very seriously”.
According to the health authorities and the office of the Governor, the positivity rate in the state was 7.9% on Wednesday.
“All our options are on the table,” Northam said when asked if he sees any come additional restrictions on the line. “Do we really need to offer more constraints, whether we need to go back to limiting our restaurant capacity, collecting capacity, all these things are what I think.”
“I want to be as normal as we can as quickly as we can, but we must do it safely and responsibly,” said Northam.
At the school, said the Northam all children will be educated. But education will look different across the state.
“We live in a very diverse Commonwealth, and I know that one size does not fit all”, – he said. “In the countryside of Virginia, on the Eastern shore, where I live, in the South-West, our classes are smaller. Thus, this allows us to keep our distancing to wear face protection, etc. In urban areas, for example, in HAMPTON roads, in Norfolk, Virginia beach, Chesapeake, VA, Portsmouth, Newport news, it’s complicated.”
Northam said he, allowing local school districts to make a final decision.
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When it comes to test, he calls more to be done in the Eastern district, and have the ability to track.
“What I hear from our tracers in HAMPTON roads many such cases go from the bars, restaurants and large gatherings of people,” said Northam.
News 3 also asked him about the mandate of the mask for the state.
“It’s not only to protect themselves but, perhaps more importantly, to protect those around us,” he said. “I am very worried about our ability hospitals. I’m worried about our practitioners. Can they be in hospitals, in clinics, in spas, in the food industry, we need to protect these people. If I see numbers continue to grow, if I see our potential hospital suffered more restricted, then we are going to have to make other decisions to keep people safe in Virginia.
Northam in an interview with NEWS 3 they will continue the execution of the Directive, and he has a message for Virginia.
“Wear a mask, keep their social distance, and to wash their hands, and if they do, we will be able to continue what we are doing now,” said Northam.
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