Northam confirms 67 cases of coronavirus in Virginia

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UPDATE 11:36 A.M.: Virginia has about 300 to 400 tests, the Virginia Department of Health confirms, and the number should nearly double soon. Private companies are assisting in testing. The health official said Virginia is in the second phase of a national effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Washington and California are in the first phase, which entails setting up drive through testing.

The governor and the Virginia Department of Health emphasized the role young people have in preventing the spread of the disease. While symptoms may be minor for young people, the virus can cause significant harm — even death — to older people.

UPDATE 11:32 A.M.: Gov. Northam recommends people 65-year- old and older to self-quarantine. State agencies, nonprofits, and other nutrition-focused organizations are working to coordinate food service to the elderly. Also, the governor asks people to check on older family members and neighbors and assist in food delivery.

The governor recognized today as St. Patrick’s Day when many gather for parties and celebrations but cautioned that large gatherings puts you and the community at risk.

Virginia state agencies such as the DMV are providing extensions in light of the limited hours or closures of services. For anyone whose license expires on May 16, a 60-day extension will go into effect.

UPDATE 11:11 A.M.: One case in a long-term facility is the first such case in Virginia, state health officials say.

The Virginia Department of Health says the breakdown of the cases include: nine in central region, 18 in eastern region, 38 in the northern region, and four in the northeast. There are still no cases in the southwest region, which includes Roanoke. Forty-eight tests are pending.

UPDATE 11:09 A.M.: Gov. Ralph Northam says there are 67 cases of coronavirus in Virginia as of Tuesday morning, March 17.

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to provide updates on Virginia’s coronavirus response efforts at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

More than 50 Virginians have confirmed cases of coronavirus and two have died, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Watch today’s press conference here on WFXRtv.com and the WFXR News app.

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