Gov. Northam requests ban on utility disconnections, notes high COVID-19 positive cases in southwest Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR/WRIC) — In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam provided an update to Virginia’s response to COVID-19. Northam addressed Virginia’s latest COVID-19 data and utility moratorium.

Northam says the state continues to see thousands of new cases being reported each day.

“Our percent positivitiy is at 6.8 percent,” Northam said. “Which has been decreasing for 12 days now and that is good news.”

Previously, Northam said he had concerns about the increasing positivity rate in the eastern region of Virginia. Northam said placing restrictions on this part of Virginia worked “quite well.”

Last week, Gov. Northam eased special coronavirus restrictions implemented in the Hampton Roads region late July. The area joined the rest of Virginia in phase three.

“I continue to remind everyone in Virginia to keep doing things we know work,” Northam said.

The governor also expressed concerns over high infection rates in southwest Virginia. The region has a positive rate of 8.1%, the highest in the Commonwealth.

Northam says that ultimately it is our behavior that will help put the pandemic behind us.

The governor urged Virginians and college students to download COVIDWISE. He says about 12 percent of Virginians have downloaded the app.

“This tool has great potential to help us curve the spread of this virus,” Northam said.

Northam said his administration is working to help people in Virginia who need assistance. The governor said he requested an extension on the utility moratorium which comes to an end on September 16. Northam says he has asked Virginia’s State Corporation Commission for an extension on the ban.

Northam says he is hopeful that the extension will be granted. The governor would like for the SCC to extend the moratorium until October 5.

ORIGINAL STORY:
RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR/WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) will update Virginians on his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a 2 p.m. news conference in Richmond.

Last week, Northam eased special coronavirus restrictions in the Hampton Roads region, saying Thursday that the area will join the rest of the commonwealth in Phase Three.

WFXR News will air Gov. Northam’s coronavirus news conference live on WFXR-TV 27.1, WWCW-TV 21.2, here on WFXRtv.com, and the WFXR News app.

This story will be updated with new information at the conclusion of Northam’s news conference.

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