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Northam considers restrictions in Southwest Virginia to slow virus

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Northam considers restrictions in Southwest Virginia to slow virus

Ballad Health said a sharp increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients is worse that its worst-case modeling, as shown in the red line. The green line shows what is expected to happen if people follow masking and distancing guidelines. The yellow line is if there is a moderate deviation. The gray line is actual cases. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday said he could impose restrictions in Southwest Virginia where COVID-19 cases are rising quickly, and as the disease begins to overwhelm Ballad Health’s hospitals.

“In other states and other countries, they are re-imposing restrictions to get case numbers under control. Nobody, nobody, wants to have to do that, but this virus remains a very real threat,” Northam said during a briefing in which he touted Virginia’s overall success in keeping the virus in check.

But in Southwest Virginia, cases continue to escalate, and the region’s rate of positive test results is double that of the rest of the state.

“We’re keeping an eye on this, and are in conversation with our local leaders and health officials about potential actions they can take to try to mitigate the community spread,” he said.

When asked about specifics, Northam said they would need to look at what’s driving the numbers and make adjustments.

“If we need to make restrictions, we will,” he said.

On Tuesday, public health officials for the Roanoke, Alleghany and New River health districts implored people to do all that they can to halt the spread of the disease, as hospital admissions rose to their highest level and as outbreaks in long-term care and businesses continued to increase.On Wednesday, Ballad Health during its weekly […]

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