Northam expected to announce stay-at-home order for Virginia

Ruben Fields
March 30, 2020

"To date, this has been a suggestion to Virginians".

The stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 8 p.m., would prevent anyone from going out for anything other than essential work, to get food or necessary medical attention and "other necessary purposes". The order also adds restrictions to the state's public beaches, closing them to sunbathing but permitting exercising and fishing.

The order, which is effective immediately, will remain in place until June 10 - making it the longest-lasting stay-at-home statewide order in the country.

Hogan said that state and local health officials are at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy working on ways to protect the staff and residents.

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Americans will be able to "see some real progress" in halting the rapid spread of the disease by the end of April, Trump said. He added that he wants the governors to appreciate not him, but the government's response, and called CNN "fake news".

"This is not a time ... when we're looking to put people in jail", Northam said.

As of March 30, there are 1,020 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia - an increase of 130 cases from 890 reported Sunday - according to the Virginia Department of Health. Maryland and North Carolina Monday enacted similar measures.

Among the 890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, Fairfax County has the most, with 187 people who have tested positive for the virus. That number, which is expected to rise, Northam said, is a result of "how people interacted two or three weeks ago". At the state level, Northam had already closed schools for the remainder of the academic year, banned large gatherings and ordered the closure of certain businesses.

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