Governor proposes release of some non-violent prisoners as coronavirus cases top 4,500, 772 hospitalizations, and 121 deaths in Virginia


UPDATE 3:56 p.m. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam gave an update Friday on Virginia’s coronavirus response alongside state health officials. Since the governor’s last briefing on Wednesday, Virginia has reported 864 more COVID-19 cases and 46 additional deaths. Watch the full press conference above.

Updates from Northam’s press conference:

  • Northam says he’s introducing legislation to allow the Virginia Department of Corrections to release non-violent inmates who have 1 year or less in their sentence. The General Assembly must vote on the proposal when they reconvene on April 22, and the department of corrections will work on pre-release in the meantime. Northam says release usually requires a stable place for the inmate to go and 3 months of their required medication. Brian Moran says about 2,000 inmates would be eligible and would last through the governor’s executive order through June 10.
  • Northam says easing COVID-19 restrictions is “absolutely the wrong thing to do,” despite people reaching out to him saying how restrictions seem to be working. Northam, a doctor, says the restrictions are like taking medicine. “We’re in that period where we see hope, we see promise… but this is no time to let our guard down.”

UPDATE 2:32 P.M.: Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) proposed a budget amendment Friday to allow the Department of Corrections to release offenders who have one year or less in their sentences and are not a threat to the public.

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health reports a 4,509 total cases of coronavirus across the Commonwealth as of Friday morning. A total of 772 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 121 have died since the pandemic reached Virginia.

  • Alleghany County: 2
  • Amherst County: 9
  • Appomattox County: 5
  • Bedford County: 15
  • Botetourt County: 21
  • Buena Vista: 4
  • Campbell County: 7
  • Carroll County: 3
  • Charlotte County: 2
  • Covington: 1
  • Craig County: 2
  • Danville: 20
  • Franklin County: 13
  • Galax: 1
  • Giles County: 2
  • Halifax County: 5
  • Henry County: 5
  • Lexington: 3
  • Lynchburg: 27
  • Montgomery County: 18
  • Nelson County: 4
  • Pittsylvania County: 4
  • Pulaski County: 4
  • Radford: 1
  • Roanoke City: 16
  • Roanoke County: 13
  • Rockbridge County: 3
  • Salem: 1
  • Wythe County: 7

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