Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order Friday allowing nursing homes and hospitals flexibility to add more beds.
As of Saturday, James City County has 20 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID 19), Williamsburg has 4, York County has 3 and Newport News has 2, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.
On Friday, there were 114 cases in Virginia with 19 cases in James City County, 4 in Williamsburg, 3 in York County and 1 in Newport News.
The two coronavirus-related deaths in the state were in the Peninsula.
The VDH has updated its testing criteria for the coronavirus with priority testing given to the following groups:
- Medical professionals and first responders who have come into contact or cared for someone with COVID 19 and have developed any symptoms.
- Persons living in nursing homes, long-term and assisted living facilities who have fever or show signs of respiratory illness but testing negative for the flu with no other diagnosis.
- People living in clusters of respiratory illness where flu has been ruled out. ie, Richmond and the Peninsula. Priority for health care facility outbreaks and nursing homes are tested first.
- Hospitalized persons who tested negative for the flu and no alternative diagnosis. Priority is given to ICU and people on ventilators.
- State lab: 1,000 plus tests available, will change based on hospitals and private labs additional testing capacity.
- Number of tests per patient reduced to test more people.
- Transport media (testing swabs) in short supply.
- More masks and other personal protective equipment sent to health care providers Friday, number unclear.
- Hospitals and health association look for ways to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies by
- Looking at current supply
- Adjusting based on health systems and community footprints
- National: Planning with National Guard and FEMA on what additional testing site would look like
- Putting in medical supplies order through national stockpile.
- Exploring other options such as industrial supplies using miners’ masks and possibility of manufactures creating more PPE.
The following is from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring:
- Public bodies can have virtual meetings only if essential action is necessary. ie coronavirus or emergency-related.
- General Assembly does not permit regular businesses to be discussed during virtual meetings
- If agenda is not considered essential action, defer meeting
- Purpose: Public access to meetings, public agendas and minutes
- National Guard: They’re activated, not yet mobilized.
- Health information: Use VDH, CDC or other reliable health sources
- Restaurants, fitness centers and theaters: Have more than 10 customers, charged with misdemeanor and lose permit immediately
- Practice social distancing, hand washing, etc.
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