Latest: Northam issues stay at home order; Virginia now has more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases

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11:30 p.m. — As concern mounts over the health and safety of those still working in Hampton Roads, Norfolk Naval Shipyard is saying it will stay open because it is considered an essential business — but is also making some changes to combat the virus.

8:30 p.m. — Surry County officials say the first person in the county has tested positive for COVID-19.

8 p.m. — Three more residents of Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, a center that has already confirmed eight COVID-19 fatalities, died in the past 36 hours.

6 p.m. — The City of Franklin, Virginia, says the city has its first positive diagnosis of coronavirus.

2:05 p.m.Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a “stay at home” order for Virginia. Beaches will be closed to everything except exercise and fishing.

11:45 a.m. — Norfolk officials announced that they’ve furloughed 550 part-time city workers in response to the governor’s “Stay at Home” order. No official “Stay at Home” order has been issued, but Northam is expected to make a “major announcement” today at 2 p.m.

WAVY will carry the press conference both on-air and online.

11:30 a.m. York County has effectively closed Yorktown Beach to all activities “due to the level of beach activity experienced this past weekend.” It comes after an earlier ban on sunbathing and swimming at the beach issued Friday.

9:20 a.m. — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Virginia has passed a thousand as of Monday morning.

The Virginia Department of Health is now reporting 1,020 cases overall, with 25 deaths and 136 hospitalizations.

13% percent of the 1,020 cases have required hospitalization so far. Hospitalizations increased by 24 between Sunday (112) and Monday (136), the largest increase in a day’s span so far.

Deaths increased from 22 to 25 from Sunday to Monday, respectively.

Cases have continued to increase by more than 100 each day, with an increase of 130 from Sunday (890) to Monday (1,020). Cases rose 151 from Saturday to Sunday and 135 from Friday to Saturday.

12,038 have been tested so far.

Here are some tips from VDH on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • 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.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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