Northam gets second COVID-19 test to date at free testing event in Chesapeake


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Ralph Northam got tested at a free COVID-19 testing event on Friday morning in Chesapeake, his second to date.

The event’s being held at 700 Geneva Avenue in the Geneva Square area of Deep Creek from 10 am to 2 p.m. As of noon, officials said only about 120 of the 400 tests available had been administered.

After having the nasal swab test, inserted up both nostrils, Northam said “it’s a burning sensation… but not that unpleasant.”

He said it was his second test to date, and his first was “in the not too recent past.”

WAVY’s Andy Fox also pressed Northam on Virginia’s COVID-19 response, asking: “Did you fail as the governor, as a medical doctor … in not picking up the ball and running with it when you saw things not working in Washington? And did this lead to Virginia being so far behind in testing?”

Watch Northam’s response below:

The Urban League of Hampton Roads, The Virginia Office Of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Chesapeake Health Department and community leaders came together to organize the event.

Northam has emphasized these community testing events for underserved areas at his regular press briefings. He recently admitted he wasn’t getting regularly tested for COVID-19.

People who are symptom-free and those who don’t live in the Geneva Square community are also encouraged to attend. Up to 400 tests are available and results will be delivered confidentially in about 48 hours, Chesapeake health officials say.

Those who are tested will also receive food boxes, hand sanitizer, face masks and other items via partnerships with the Southeastern Virginia Food Bank, Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management, the Governor’s office and other organizations.

WAVY’s Andy Fox is at the event. Look for more coverage coming up here online and on-air.

For more information on testing in Virginia, click here.

BELOW: Watch the full interview with Northam

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