Today, the Virginia General Assembly will be holding its annual reconvened session. Our members are going back to Richmond to review the Governor’s recommendations to certain bills from the 2020 legislative session.
As I have mentioned before, the Governor signed many of the bills passed this year, officially making them law. On other bills, he has sent recommendations -- changes -- to be considered by the Virginia House and Senate.
Many of you may wonder how the House can meet during the coronavirus pandemic. Working with health officials to ensure all safety precautions are taken, the delegates will not convene inside the Capitol. Instead, they will be meeting in a temporary outdoor location, where the legislators can keep distance between one another.
One thing won’t change: the workings of our government are still open for public viewing -- just in a socially-distanced way! To keep up with all the happenings of the House of Delegates at the reconvened session, you can watch the livestream of it here. The video will go live when the session starts at noon today.
Governor Northam announced the creation of a Testing Workgroup, to make sure all of Virginia’s public and private testing efforts are coordinated. Dr Karen Remley and Dr. Lillian Peake will head up the workgroup. Dr. Remley is the former Virginia Commissioner of Health, and Dr. Peake is our state epidemiologist.
Dr. Oliver Clinicians Letter
Dr. Oliver sent a letter to clinicians, outlining expanded testing guidelines. It will encourage doctors to test all of their symptomatic patients. That letter is available here.
Health Data reporting
Governor Northam announced during his press conference that VDH will expand the health data that is being reported. This will include cases, hospitalizations and fatalities by locality; as well as the number of cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities at the health district level with demographic information, such as age or race.
Reminder to Take Precautionary Measures
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid contact with sick people.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (i.e. YOUR CELLPHONE, Remote Controls, Keyboards, Counter tops, Refrigerator Handles, Doorknobs, etc.)
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