Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: Pandemic will last months, not weeks


Gov. Ralph Northam delivered an update on coronavirus in Virginia Tuesday, March 24.

UPDATE 2:45 P.M.: Gov. Northam said Virginia was in a new normal and business closures due to coronavirus could last months, not weeks. An executive order issued by the governor shuttered non-essential businesses yesterday.

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed 290 positive cases of coronavirus and seven deaths in the Commonwealth.

Northam said companies have donated personal protective equipment for use. The equipment is necessary to keep medical, emergency personnel, and essential workers safe. Inmates in the Department of Corrections produced 25,000 medical masks on Monday, and are expected to make another 25,000 today, he said.

The governor emphasized the importance of social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. He said the elderly and essential workers are most vulnerable to catching the virus.

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will deliver his daily coronavirus update at 2 p.m.

WFXR will broadcast the press conference on WFXR-TV,, and the WFXR News app.

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