At the governor’s request, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington counties sent a letter to Richmond stressing that they will need to reopen more slowly.
Over the weekend, local leaders in Northern Virginia and
On Monday, Northam unveiled statistics supporting their case.
According to the governor, the trend of percent positive COVID-19 cases is at 25 percent – compared to 10 percent for the rest of the state.
In another example the governor used, densely populated Northern Virginia has seen an uptick of 75 new cases over a 24-hour period, compared to 300 for the rest of the state.
And neighboring D.C. has yet to see the two weeks of decreasing cases that both Virginia and Maryland are seeing as a whole.
The governor noted that the reopening guidelines the state hopes to implement at the end of the week if trends continue represent “a floor, not a ceiling” and that the state will accommodate regions that don’t feel that they can reopen promptly.
“We will continue to work with those officials on a slower phase one,” the governor said.
On Friday, Northam says he hopes to begin the gradual process of reopening the state – including opening some “non-essential businesses” on a limited basis.