Happy May. As we begin a new month, perhaps you will be able to take advantage of some of the nice weather. Maybe, you will be able to take a walk through your neighborhood while practicing proper social distancing. As this week ends, I want to continue providing you with the most current information in Virginia’s response to COVID-19.
As you may have seen, the Commonwealth has increased its testing capacity substantially over the course of this past week. This has been achieved by issuing more broad-based guidance to providers to test more of their patients, in accordance with our increasing capacity to test. The Commonwealth will continue to increase its capacity for testing as we move towards Phase 1 of reopening.
Governor Northam announced the deployment of three PPE sanitation devices, called Battelle units. These units will be able to sanitize up to 80,000 masks per day using hydrogen peroxide vapor. Decontaminated PPE can be reused 20 times without degrading performance.
Virginia's Dept of Social Services, in collaboration with the Joint Information Center, has established a website to help individuals and businesses find resources to help cope with the impacts from COVID-19: