Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday said that while no new COVID-19 safety regulations are coming just yet, the rise in cases in areas of the commonwealth, especially the southwest, are “concerning,” and that he was monitoring the situation “very closely.”
He also said at the media briefing that more than 2 million people had already voted in Virginia, and that people need to be patient regarding election results, which will take days to become official — and always have. ‘We aren’t an island’
Northam started by presenting a graphic from The New York Times showing that “Virginia is one of just a handful of states that is not seeing a large increase” in coronavirus cases.
That’s counting cases statewide, though: He added that “While our numbers look pretty good overall, we have to consider differences in regions across the state.”
In southwestern Virginia, cases have been steadily increasing, and the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive is just under 8% and has been rising for 15 straight days. Sign up for WTOP alerts
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The governor noted that other states and other countries are imposing lockdowns and other restrictions once again.“Nobody wants to do this,” Northam said. “We’re keeping an eye on this [situation].”He added, “Most people are doing the right thing, and they are tired of seeing other folks disregard the rules, and disregard the health and safety of other people.”Much of the increase is driven by small family gatherings, Northam said. […]