Northam | Coronavirus

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver issued a public health emergency order to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, on March 17.

The rest of the commonwealth is still slated to gradually reopen Friday, but northern Virginia's data has been pushed to May 29 at the earliest.

Northam’s plan to reopen was designed as metrics started to show promise amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, local government and health leaders from the northern Virginia region on Sunday expressed concerns with the governor’s reopening plan in a memo and urged him to delay implementation of Phase One.

On Tuesday, Northam signed the delay executive order that remains in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 28, updated unless rescinded.

“As I have said, it’s important that the commonwealth as a whole can meet key health metrics before moving into Phase One,” Northam said in a prepared statement. “The Phase One policies are a floor, not a ceiling. While the data show Virginia as a whole is ready to slowly and deliberately ease some restrictions, it is too soon for northern Virginia. I support the request from localities in this region to delay implementation of Phase One to protect public health.”

In Phase 1, nonessential retail businesses and places of worship can operate at 50 percent of their building’s occupancy rate — up from 10 people under the current rules. Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to serve customers in outdoor spaces, and employees at retail businesses and restaurants will have to wear masks. Beauty parlors and barber shops will be open by appointment only and will only be able to operate if both employees and customers wear masks.

Local leaders said the so-called Forward Virginia plan requires the following metrics to be met before the first phase of reopening can occur statewide: a downward trend of positive test results for a period of 14 days; a downward trend of hospitalizations for a period of 14 days; sufficient hospital beds and intensive care capacity; increasing and sustainable supply of personal protective equipment such as masks, respirators, gloves and gowns; and increased testing and tracing.

According to an analysis by the region’s public health directors, all five metrics for northern Virginia are either unmet or cannot be determined based on currently available data.

Data also showed that northern Virginia is substantially higher than the rest of the commonwealth in percentage of positive tests for COVID-19, Northam highlighted on Monday.

The region has about a 25 percent positivity rate, while the rest of the commonwealth is closer to 10 percent. In the last 24 hours, northern Virginia has reported over 700 cases, while the rest of the Commonwealth reported approximately 270. On any given day, 70 percent of the Commonwealth’s positive cases are attributable to the Northern Virginia Region.  

In Loudoun, three of the nine county supervisors disagreed with sending the memo to the governor, citing economic concerns for their constituents and districts' businesses.

For those areas with more prevalence of the coronavirus that don’t go into Phase One, Northam urged them not to travel.

“While we are not restricting them from traveling elsewhere, we are certainly encouraging them to maintain the same guidelines that we’ve been talking about all along,” Northam said.  

Friday’s reopening is tentative contingent on the metrics. Northam “suspects” making an announcement about reopening on Wednesday.

More information about the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread can be found at CDC.gov/Coronavirus and Loudoun.gov/coronavirus.

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Mike Kay

BTW, I don't know of any local farms that are unable to sell either at their farms or farmer's markets. So why all the angst and inflammatory comments from the farming community?

pual mase

You don’t know a lot BLT

Loudoun4Trump

Trump wins two bellweather congressional seats yesterday...one in CA and the other in WI.....keep it up leftists and you may lose the house too come November.....

Wahoowah

Trump is a political party now? I would say they were Republican. You're giving him way too much credit.

Mike Kay

Loudoun4Trump: And you're still supporting the most well known con man in the world? He, and his supporters, aren't republicans, they're RINOs. What can you possibly think you're getting from this grifter and his criminal associates?

pual mase

I thought Obama was the most well known con man.

Lots of rhetoric and no results.

Trump makes promises and delivers.

Trump has been under attack for 4 years and not a whiff of criminality beyond the serial hoaxes perpetuated by lying dems and media accomplices.

Looks like Obama’s corrupt use of FBI and intelligence agencies is finally coming to light,

amerigirl

pual, of course you thought that of Obama, you believe every conspiracy theory out there. Let's see no results huh? Got us out of a recession, get millions of Americans health insurance, in 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Barack Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people"., passed the fir pay act. You need some history lessons if you think Obama is a criminal and trump isn't, speaking of grifters.

Loudoun4Trump

Trump endorsed candidates beat the Obama Clinton endorsed candidates by rather big margins too....Obama was such a straight shooter....if you like your insurance you can keep it and a family of 4 will have healthcare costs reduced by 2,500....so far Trump has been right on the money and transparent......cant say the same for any Democrat...

Wahoowah

At least one of them is interim and another election is in November so I wouldn't get my Jollies up.

NotmyVA

For all those who think that Western Loudoun residents are uneducated rednecks, you should visit. We own large tracts of land, have agricultural businesses, enjoy being self sufficient, and enjoy the outdoors. We respect and worship this planet, we have earned our wealth through hard work and innovation, we employ people, and we continue to pay quite a bit in taxes to support the entire county. What we don't do is sit in our rented apartments and pontificate about those we don't know. I think I speak for the majority that read your pithy little posts and don't have any desire to engage in your dribble. Please step away from your keyboard, go outside (wear a mask if you want), exercise, do something productive, maybe give back to your community, and try to engage with real people not just your internet "friends". Basically, get a life.

Wahoowah

I'm a Democrat and moved to Eastern Loudoun and am so tired of it. They're just largely angry that Western Loudoun grew and has a voice now. Eastern wants all the money and gripe when they can't get 18 more schools. After Valley being overcrowded for 10 years the only way they got Woodgrove built was to put it in a proposal with 5 or 6 new Eastern Loudoun schools. For a few years there were items on the ballot for new schools and every single one was down here in Eastern Loudoun. When I posted that I voted "NO" I had people attacking me - how DARE you not be for EDUCATION! And it's not that - I was tired of seeing all the money go to Eastern Loudoun. Meanwhile Western Loudoun had some ballots up for vote a couple of years before that time for new schools and they failed to pass because most down here voted "No". They had to lump a bunch of new schools for Eastern for 1 highschool to get built in Western Loudoun. And what kills me about Western Loudoun - I moved down here because why not? All the people moving in to Western Loudoun were from Eastern Loudoun or Fairfax County. They wanted to move to the "country". Then after they got there they wanted more shopping centers and more development. I could never understand it. Why not just stay where they were? That's why more and more people are moving to Clarke and Frederick Counties and the Shenandoah Valley. Western Loudoun will eventually become Fairfax. The fact that people think people that live in Western Loudoun are all uneducated rednecks - take a trip to Middleburg and see how uneducated rednecks live. Take a trip to vineyards out there and see the awful ugly vineyards the "rednecks" are running. I'm so tired of this County and how everything turns political. Maryland's Governor is a Republican and continued to extend the shutdown. Northam and Muriel Bowser of DC are Democrat and extended the shutdown...Northam just for Northern Virginia because we're a hot spot. If any of these people have been through a Pandemic and how to re-open businesses please give your advice. You, like the President, must know more than the most experienced Doctors...just like he said he knew far more than the Generals. Please.

No name

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Mike Kay

NotMyVA: Yes, we know this. The problem is people like the Round Hill guy who opened with comments about "blah blah blah LIBRULS blah blah blah MAPS blah blah blah GUBMINT blah blah blah LIBERTIY!". It's these clowns who give the rural community a bad name.

pual mase

No Mike, elitist liberals shoving their socialist, oppressive policies down our throats is the problem.

amerigirl

pual love those adjectives don't you? The policies that are keeping us safe, is that what you are talking about? Once again, the virus is not political only the trump sheep think that.

amerigirl

Why not your VA? Just curious. I don’t think the majority or even close to that think that those in the west are uneducated rednecks. Western Loudoun is absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t matter where you live here, people are people and there are rednecks (lifestyle choice) in the entire county, but I doubt there are too many anywhere in this county that are uneducated. Also since all you people from western Loudoun are attacking Mike for saying “move to a redneck enclave”, he never said it was western Loudoun, why do you assume that? Seriously it was in response to the degrading comment “liberal infestation that is Northern Va”. Nothing was said about Loudoun. But you have posters that use the names of places in western Loudoun that continue to make comments nasty comments. People know that does not reflect on everyone that lives in those places.

RoundHillGuy

Mike Kay, when you and your elites in the populations centers are starving don't come to the western end of the County looking for food. We'll be here in our "redneck enclave" growing food, butchering livestock and collecting eggs by the dozen daily. enjoy fighting your educated neighbors for food. I wish you the best of luck.

amerigirl

What an elitist comment and then call others elites. Like that is ever going to happen.

EdMyers

Factory made meat (e.g. Beyond Burger) and hydroponic gardens in warehouses with grow lights supporting the "locally-grown" movement will reduce farmers even more to a commodity vendor in a global market. The attitude that rural people are "better" than city folks feeds the ego but it doesn't pay the bills because farmers don't have much economic leverage anymore. To make matters worse, Trump threw farmers under the bus in his trade wars. Also, blue areas may tire of bailing out rural red areas with farmer welfare after being treated so poorly by Trump supporters.

ace10

Did you know that food doesn't actually come from the grocery store?

LetsBreal

Ed, it's very short sighted to not take some historical facts into account...

First, this president gives democrats much more in concessions than democrats have ever given republicans. That's just the way he is. He's a populist, not a conservative. The concessions have been mostly in one direction for a very long time in Washington DC. There's a lot of poor treatment in both directions.

Second, China has been stealing our intellectual property for decades in a methodical way. They're in all our networks and data centers stealing everything not nailed down. If it is nailed down, they steal the nails also. The reports are all over the place from many, many sources - Fire Eye, Crowdstrike, IT magazines and news outlets. Also, you would do well to read "The Hundred-Years Marathon" by Michael Pillsbury.

Finally, we're fifty years into LBJ's "War on Poverty". Blue areas are suddenly going to get tired of bailing out people?

"In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” In the 50 years since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs. Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution. Yet progress against poverty, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, has been minimal, and in terms of President Johnson’s main goal of reducing the “causes” rather than the mere “consequences” of poverty, the War on Poverty has failed completely. In fact, a significant portion of the population is now less capable of self-sufficiency than it was when the War on Poverty began. " - The Heritage Organization

amerigirl

Trump never thinks thing out, and the independent farmer was the loser in his trade war. The winners were industrialized farmers that have multiple owners and each got payments from the govt. That poor independent farmer who was a sole owner only got 1 payment. That caused bankruptcies and a high suicide rate. Guess who made out great, All those people who bought a piece of land as a contribution to "farm Aid" a few years back. They are owners even if they only contributed a couple of bucks they got a big payout.

Mike Kay

RoundHillGuy: I was addressing a whining about Loudoun, or northern VA, and wanting to leave. How did you conclude that I was talking about Round Hill? LOL

Mike Kay

OOPS, typo! RoundHillGuy: I was addressing someone who was whining about Loudoun, or northern VA, and wanting to leave. How did you conclude that I was talking about Round Hill when I suggested he move somewhere else? LOL

feathers

Its unclear if this batch of new cases are indeed confirmed cases or from serology tests. Big difference. According to the VA State COVID-19 website, the entire state had 13 confirmed cases on May 10 and 7 confirmed on May 11. We cannot compare apples to oranges, and to think major economic decisions are being made with this shady case reporting. Are we all that stupid?

pual mase

Testing is complex and imperfect.

It can be an effective tool for sure but it only tells you at a point in time whether a person is infected or if a person has previously been infected, depending on the type of vaccine. And these tests are not perfect......false negatives can indicate a person doesn’t have the virus when they do and unintentionally spread it.

Despite limitations, the testing canard is used by lockdowners to justify bad policy and partisan politics.

amerigirl

They have also found that most of the false reading they had when they were first testing had to do with the way the test was administered and corrected that. Why do you insist that pandemic response is a political thing? It is only the republicans that say that. Do you honestly believe that dems want to be stuck at home, or not see their friends or families, or plan vacations? I really don't want to see a second wave because that would really kill our economy.

amerigirl

you are making it sound much much harder than it is. You are talking about 2 different test as if they are the same, yeah that would make it difficult. It has nothing to do with a vaccine at all. There are now very few false readings.

amerigirl

Since your figures are way out in left field no decisions at all should be made on them. You total of 20 is actually 191.

WisdomGuidedByExperience

Where is poor Vincent Martin supposed to find a decent job if Virginia stays locked down?

Sure, he killed Richmond police officer Michael Connors, but for Pete's sake, the guy needs to make a living once he gets paroled.

Here's an idea: maybe Vincent can get a job at an abortion clinic. They kill people every day, so who knows better how to kill people than Vincent? He's has the perfect resume to work there.

amerigirl

[offtopic] and really needs a better name. Take your opinions on abortion elsewhere.

Mike Kay

How about a quick "show of hands". Let us know if you want to open NOW (N), or LATER (L) in 2 weeks, and whether you've been using a mask in public places until now, and if you'll continue using one until the CDC says it's safe not to use one. Y=Yes, N= No. I'll go first.

LYY

gtrunner

NYY

Jeanne T

And you have a degree in what, exactly?

Mike Kay

Relevance? It's a POLL!

Loudoun4Trump

How about this, people who want to stay home can and those that want to go out can....that is called freedom, something missing in VA these days.....

Ouroboros

So that is happening now, people can go out and people can stay in. I see a lot of people outside apparently training for some marathon that is about to happen in the near future in NoVa. Also, Freedom is clearly all around you. If you want to witness first hand of not having an "freedom" relocate to a communist country and then report back to us. But stay there, don't come back.

amerigirl

When do your freedoms override others right to safety? I suppose you will get the medical treatments that people need delivered to them if they can't go out? There is something missing, normal people who think things through and weigh the consequences against the odds,

Loudoun4Trump

Ouroboros....I cant get a haircut...cant go to a restaurant....cant watch my kids play little league....cant send them to school.....sorry we are already living in a communist country here in the US under Northum and leftist rule.....good to see Trump wins two bellweather congress seats yesterday...one in CA and the other in WI....The Trump train keeps on winning.....

amerigirl

Loudoun4, so your hair gets shaggy, it isn’t life threatening. You can still get food from restaurants and enjoy it without running the risk of getting or giving the virus. Your kids are not playing little league or going to school because there is a pandemic. You can call it politics all you want that seems to be the new republican call to arms but the virus won’t ask your political party before it infects you. It’s not political and it is hitting people regardless of what party they are in, just stop.

trk113

Thank you Governor Northam and Loudoun Board of Supervisors! It's really good to know that someone has some common sense and is not afraid to use it.

NOT a Liberal

Place a Virginia election voting map over the COVID 19 "Problem area" map. Gee...densely populated liberal voting areas and cities seem to be a problem with many aspects of society. Conservatives!! Don't be complacent to these problems!! STOP thinking someone else will vote your problems away!!!

Mike Kay

NOT A Liberal:

Wow! Great analysis! Also note that those "liberal" areas have a majority of people with post high school education, good jobs, and that they pay for the expenses, with tax money, for the people in the "conservative" areas. Hmmm...

Jeanne T

People in "conservative areas" don't pay taxes?? Who knew?!

Mike Kay

Jeanne T: It's well known that Northern VA sends a LOT of money to pay for infrastructure, and other needs, in the red parts of the state. Look it up! In fact, Barbara Comstock made this the cornerstone of her last campaign (which is odd, because her most likely supporters are on the receiving (read WELFARE) end of the deal. Her campaign ads must've been written by someone unfamiliar with VA...like maybe someone from Kansas? LOL

pual mase

Since almost half of people don’t pay federal income tax because they have lower incomes and they historically make up the dem core voters.

They have been bribed by dem politicians for decades with generous social welfare programs And union payoffs.

Don’t pretend it is taxpayers in northern Va that support the Dems beyond the granola crowd, the young and ignorant, north East transplants, ex-cons and illegals. Add in the suburban gun control nannies and a ton of Bloomberg money and you have the dem controlled government clown show we now have.

Jeanne T

Good grief. Anyone who works pays taxes. I assume you are just not concerned what happens in other ares of Virginia, and you're complaining that your tax dollars go to people who are the target of your bigotry, whether they're in other parts of Virginia or Kansas.

And by the way, I'm from Minnesota, not Kansas. What do you know about Minnesota? Or do you have a litany of bigoted comments for that state as well?

amerigirl

That is about the stupidest comment I have ever heard. Place a election map? Place any kind of population map and it is easy to see that is where most of the population of Loudoun lives.You want to know what is a problem with many aspects of society? People who think they are better than their neighbors. That is disgusting. Where do you think the tax base for Loudoun lives? We don't have a "Problem area" , we have problem self-righteous people who think they are superior and should tell everyone else how to do it right.

marv

Congratulations. - Your last sentence is a perfect "self description".

amerigirl

Marv, seriously, that is what your response is? I guess you must agree with me then. If you can't make a case make it personal.

amerigirl

Jeanne, not what he said. Actually he was sarcastic about the remark about east being liberal and being a "problem" vs the west. There is no reason to divide Loudoun.

trk113

Please take some time to study timelines. The numbers nationwide looked bad, but mostly because of NYC. Now, the increases are still fairly consistent, even though NYC is starting to come down. Why is that? It's because the less populated regions are starting to increase. Put the Kool Aid down. The coronavirus doesn't care what your political beliefs are...at all. All that matters to the virus is how can it jump from me to you and vice versa. The quicker you and your political bedfellows start to recognize that fact and stop thinking that this is some sort of liberal conspiracy, the better off we'll all be.

Loudoun4Trump

26 states run by Republican Governors have opened their states, 24 democrat states still continue to lock down their states.....and the democrats thought Trump would be a dictator.....hahahahahahaha…...this is political scam just like the Russian hoax, impeachment hoax, etc.....and now ObamaGate is starting to take shape.....what did he know and when did he know it!

Mike Kay

Loudoun4Trump. Wow! I'm shocked that continued Trump supporters would continue to be duped by the most well known can man in the world! SHOCKED! Let's watch the Covid stats in the red vs blue states. When you have a minute, Google "1918 flu second wave". :)

Jeanne T

Wow, sounds like you're hoping the red states' populations to be wiped out by COVID-19.

Mike Kay

Jeanne T: Wow! Sounds like you're projecting your own, reversed, desires. Follow the behavior and the resulting stats. Maybe you'll learn something. :)

amerigirl

Some of those republican states have have a significant decrease in cases. Some of those republican states are now seeing an increase in cases. The Democratic Governors have more populated states with more cities and a grater chance of spread andthero cases are still rising. Why do you think this a political statement and not about the people? Is it because you are following trumps lead?

amerigirl

WOW Jeanne, why would you jump o the assumption that anyone hopes people get wiped out. They are talking about the probable chance that opening u too soon will increase the cases gain. It was Loudoun4 that decided that it should be split as red and blue states. For some people everything is politics even how to care for people in a pandemic.

DrDoctor

FAIL. Send our inept gov into retirement early. Loudoun Supervisors (except for Tony B. FAIL as well. Get our of our way and let the economy restart.

N. Virginia should be free to open for business and worship. If you have a compromised immune situation....stay home, but let the rest of us free to move about the county.

amerigirl

Then vote. Have you looked at the numbers? Who is stopping you from worshiping? I guess you think you need to be in a certain building for that. Go move around where it's safer, nobody will stop you.

LightningBuggs

Counting the days until I can retire and leave this liberal infestation that is Northern Va.

It can't happen soon enough.

Mike Kay

See ya! Must've been nice being able to have a REAL, paying, job here and take advantage of a REAL education for your kids! Now, run off, and move to a redneck enclave where you'll be insulated from "giving back".

Jeanne T

Looks like I have to report you a third time, Mike.

Jeanne T

What are you doing to "give back"? Please share with us.

And what is a "real" education? Education about what, exactly?

amerigirl

Why wait? I'm sure with that positive attitude you can get a job anywhere.

MAGA Morons Are Governing America

Please, we'll be happy to see people with your contempt for the majority gone. Take your resentments with you, please.

amerigirl

Jeanne what are you reporting Mike for? Please explain if it was language, or are you just not happy with his answers?

Mike Kay

Jeanne: I've been paying forward for the 25 years I've lived in Loudoun. Paying 80% of my property taxes for education while not having any children. Most of the whiners here are fine with taking, but never contributing a dime to anything other than, possibly, saving a fetus. Hypocrites.

pual mase

Well aren’t you full of yourself MK. BFD

You pay your taxes and feel entitled to whine about others and ridicule pro-lifers.

Smug idiocy.

Jeanne T

Mike, all tax payers, whether or not they have children, have paid for things we don't use, or don't approve of. I worked for the Federal Government for 32 years, and I lived in Loudoun longer than you. It doesn't matter where you go, you will pay for the education of children who aren't yours. You will pay for lots of things you don't agree with. So will I.

You really sound like you have a chip on your shoulder, sir, thus all the insults hurled at people you know absolutely nothing about. Try to find something to be joyful about. It will adjust your attitude greatly.

amerigirl

That is a duty,an obligation. Where is you civic duty? There are 5 basic civic duties, Support and defend the Constitution.

Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.

Participate in the democratic process.

Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.

Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.

Participate in your local community.

Countyrez

Deny government representative monthly salaries! Share the Burden until we open! Spread the word!! Social media work your magic!

amerigirl

Yeah social media loves to exploit people that want to suppress other people, demand irrational things and generally act stupid. It's a GIF.

EdMyers

How does the Liberate movement fit into pro-life plank of the GOP? It seems pro-choice to argue that individuals, not the state, have the right to make medical decisions regarding one's health even if those decisions prioritize one's economic situation over the life of grandma or a fetus. Asking for a voter friend.

Jeanne T

What is your question, Ed?

amerigirl

Some people are pro-life when it suits their needs to have something to yell about.

pual mase

Ed tell your voter friend that someone can be against government trampling our rights and against abortion .

People choosing to get back to work, go to church or reopen their business are not the equivalent of someone choosing to kill another baby and In the womb.

Calling abortion a health care choice doesn’t disguise it is killing life.

ace10

When an unborn baby can don a mask and stay inside their house in order to not face execution, then you have your answer. Hope you and you friend can comprehend.

BobOhneiserEsq

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! Is closing or opening the extent of the "PLAN". How about eliminating the composite index which steals hundreds of millions from Northern Virginia every year? How about summoning the VA D.O. Education to build a remote learning option in case some of our schools are forced to close due to an on premise infection? How about fixing the teacher pension program or at least disclosing it can't make any of its actuarial commitments? What is this REALLY about Gov.? Is it worth the livelihoods of northern Va residents to turn Va from purple to Biden/Harris because your plan makes no provision to stop the virus.

LoCo Bob

Hey Gov, Sky Meadows State Park was CLOSED 2 weeks ago because it was filled to capacity, Home Depot and Lowe's are always packed, Southern States, grocery stores - jammed.

With 80 degree days coming people are going to be out and about. If they can't go sit outdoors at a winery or brewery they will get together in their own backyards.

Either way, Voluntary compliance it wearing thin and people are tired of being under House Arrest.

There will be more and more crowds.

*If you don't want to leave you house no one is ordering anyone to leave their own home.

amerigirl

If you are trying to reach the gov I would suggest you find another way. Is someone stopping you from going outside? Who is on house arrest? I guess it's better thn being sick or dead. Not everyone has the pleasure of not having to leave their home. How do you get groceries or go to the doctor? what if you need chemo or dialysis ? Oh you privileged people make it sound so easy.

Jeanne T

"House arrest" is a manner of speaking, amerigirl. I think you know what he means.

drttp24

You have to love the people that ridicule others for voicing their opinion. This is such a poor decision. Gov Ralph is either getting bad advice or not very bright. He was ready to open the state until these liberal NoVa supervisors complained. Do these supervisors have a better scientific team than the governor?

Of course we have increased cases we went from testing 2000 a day to 6000. Many are also unaware that the Gov changed the way we are counting. So now we count tests not people. One person can be responsible for multiple + tests. So they are not all new cases. The fact that the viral penetration is probably 5 to 10 times the known cases is not a surprise. Everyone sick enough to be hospitalized is known.

The bottom line is.....

1. 29 deaths in 413,000 LoCo residents.

2. I can go to Wegmans with 150 people, but not church or a restaurant.

It makes Zero sense.

Politicians hiding behind “safety” is shameful.

This is the reason we can’t put radical people in charge.

amerigirl

NOVA asked to not reopen. As usual it is all the liberal’s fault. It has nothing to do with how fast the cases are rising etc. Who is getting tested? It is still restricted to sick and first responders. The sick usually get tested once and are given instructions and the first responders are tested multiple times. The first responders and senior center workers are the ones that drive up the numbers and hopefully won’t get it. But how often do you think they would test someone that has already tested positive? I have never heard of those people getting even a second test. You wrote this today and the deaths have been at 30. We have added 30 new cases since yesterday. Some people who have mild cases are just told to stay home for 14 days unless they get sicker, they don’t get a test. That means that the confirmed count is off. 2) you need to eat so grocery stores will remain open, if you want the restaurant food get carry out or delivery, and you can pray at home and God won’t mind. Or you can watch online. That makes sense. Politicians are not hiding, only a right winger would think that. They are trying to keep the people in their areas safe. It is all these people that are trying to open everything at the expense of others health that are radical.

NOT a Liberal

Open up by Zip Code! Don't punish all of Loudoun because of Eastern Loudoun! 20132, population 17,000+, 20 reported cases! Why is 20132 being punished?

amerigirl

Call your supervisor. You also need to know that unless you are very sick and the doctor says you can be tested you don't get a test. Those are the only reported/confirmed cases.

FromWesternLoudoun

If I or anyone in my family was compromised, I would not expect the entire area to shut down for me. It's not reasonable or realistic. Please stay home if that's the case. We need to live again.

amerigirl

Everyone is compromised, just some more than others. If it was just your family they would be quarantined. .

ace10

Asymptomatic people are "compromised?" I guess that's more sound medical guidance from the resident expert.

amerigirl

Are you following the train of thought in the conversation or just throwing things in that are off track? How would you know if you are asymptomatic without a test, which you cannot get without a doctors say so?

NOT a Liberal

All of you conservatives, and conservative leaning independents, that sat home during state elections, and Board of Supervisor elections, are a BIG part of this mismanagement problem we find ourselves in..

amerigirl

Wait til you see the next blue wave!

Mike Kay

Not a Liberal: Blame the RINO GOP who, with every loss, concludes that they weren't extreme enough! ROFL! Good luck with your neo confederates, neo Nazis, and white Nationalists...somewhere else.

Kitt61

The social distancing policies are harming people—not potential harms, but real harms. Economic harm is a euphemism because the economy is people.

amerigirl

How?

Jeanne T

Social distancing is a poor phrase. I do not use it. Physical distancing, i.e., keeping our distance from others when in public, is a much more appropriate way to describe what we're being asked to do. "Socially" distancing or isolating yourself from others isn't good for mental and emotional health.

loudouncommonsense

In a just released poll:

Northam has a 78% approval rating for his handling of the covid crisi

Trump's approval rating for his response is somewhere around 50%.

If you don't like what Northam is doing, you are in the minority of 22%. Your wailing is just not that important or relevant.

amerigirl

Trump wishes his poll was that high. latest one today has him at 40%

pual mase

How did those polls work out for you in 2016.........about as well as the coronavirus models a couple of months ago.

LeesburgFan

Dang it, I was looking forward to getting my hair cut on Friday :((

gtrunner

I didn’t think I could get another reason to leave Northern Virginia. I guess yet another 2020 surprise.

TMFS

Thank God someone is listening. You can’t stop the stupid, but apparently you can slow it down. The immune compromised members of my family and myself commends you Governor Northam and the representatives of NOVA!

mopar19

How does opening the economy effect you immune compromised family. You can continue to stay home you know that right. Just because your unhealthy doesn’t mean your neighbors should be forced to starve and lose their house because they can’t pay rent or buy food.

gtrunner

Why would any of you leave your house regardless of Northman’s decision ? Both phase zero and phase one recommend any at risk individuals to stay home. The rest of the less at risk people shouldn’t have to lose our businesses because of fear people who at risk wouldn’t follow directions. Persona responsibility isn’t a disease, it’s a cure.

marv

If Northam keeps treating Northern Virginia like a YO YO maybe the Dumbocrats who put him in office might wake up.

amerigirl

You need to wake up, NOVA is part of the metro area, and we get traffic from the entire area.

springerdad

I can't wait to see all the tax increases that will be levied on Loudoun to help make the state whole again.

amerigirl

You don't even want to know and it won't just be county and state.

Livloudoun

Welcome to socialism. Hope everyone is happy. These are the types of decisions that are made that cause people not to get reelected.

amerigirl

Or gets them re-elected since this is what the majority wants according to polls.

More Cowbell

Poor leadership starting with BOS and Gov Northam. May 8, nothing from BOS, then May 15, BOS writes letter without reaching out to constituents, now May 29 is next date. Loudoun lose $1+ million every week businesses are closed. And Northern VA will lose retail/services money as customers will travel south to pay. Maybe the BOS can give each small business $100-150K grant. Just a heads up to parents/teachers/kids, there is no way LCPS open next fall on time, not the way these chiefs communicate to the tax payers.

amerigirl

You can participate with BOS meeting, you can give your input. That has been possible for some time, you just had to go to the county site. There are deadlines for each speaker to sign up if you want your voice heard. They did reach out to constituents, but they don't have individual emails for you unless you sign up with your supervisor. I get them from 4 different supervisors. It isn't fair to say they aren't trying to do something when you haven't look to see if they are trying.

Fiscalconservative

How sad we in Northern Virginia will continue to be held hostage and denied our religious freedoms. How is it we can go to Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart etc and not attend our houses of worship. Furthermore our secular Loudoun County supervisors support this. It seems only right that our state and county property taxes be greatly reduced since we are forced to live in this environment.

Mike Kay

FiscalConvervative: Here we go again, imagined persecution where none exists. Your freedom doesn't include spreading a virus. Be patient and maybe we'll be spared a second wave like in 1918.

amerigirl

Too bad you can't realize this is a crisis and deal with it? Nobody is stopping you from praying or believing in your religion. That is your religious freedom. It's sad that you think you can't practice your faith unless you are in a certain building. The places you mentioned have to stay open for emergencies. I'm glad considering we recently had a pipe break. Hard to wash your hands with no water. You had to many words in you last sentence, it should have said since we are forced to live

Pac1010

This is ridiculous. Can we please ship Northam (along with Phyllis Randall) off to some other state. They are not going to be happy until they completely destroy the economy of the state and county that they were elected to take care of. The sooner we vote both of them out of office the better.

Mike Kay

Pac1010: Right, because reducing tax revenue is the goal. (sarcasm). Google "second wave of 1918 flu".

amerigirl

You are being ridiculous. They are dong what the majority, according to the polls, want. That means they are representing their constituents. This isn't the first pandemic and it won't be the last. It is a crisis and we have to deal with it..

rreay724

I haven't voted for a republican for as long as I can remember, today that changes. I will never vote for a local democrat ever again. This is absolutely ridiculous and will do nothing. All you're doing by delaying is ruining peoples lives. You cannot stop this virus and delaying opening is doing nothing. The people making these decisions are at no financial risk at all. You're destroying peoples lives while you sit safe and comfy at home. F**k these northern VA politicians. I will do everything in my power to vote them out next election. I, along with a lot of other left leaning folks I'm sure, will not be voting for democrats anymore. You act like you care about the people, but you don't, you're just trying to appeal to your base to win the next election. You're literally ruining peoples lives by making horrible decisions. Delaying 2 and a half weeks will do nothing but deplete peoples savings accounts even more. You messed up.

ace10

Thank you for speaking out.

amerigirl

Bud, you do what you have to do to save lives and get this virus contained. It may not be best for all individuals but until they have more testing what can you do? I'd rather have my savings get depleted than lose my life of see someone else lose theirs.

FromWesternLoudoun

Amen

amerigirl

Don't worry about your vote there are quite a few republicans that are voting Biden. Go Lincoln Project.

CindyLou

Wow, this should be big fun to read all the racist and nasty remarks regarding Northam and the Democrats. I bet Loudoun INOVA Hospital will have an emergency room full of people after reading this article that have their panties in a wad or their heads explode.

mopar19

Well if you dress up as a clan member or wear black face. That usually implies your a racist. Unless your a democrat.

John M

What does race have to do with this? You seem to be the one that always drags race into every discussion.

Jeanne T

Why did CindyLou bring it up?

amerigirl

She didn't bring up race she pointed out the racist remarks being made, big difference.

RoundHillGuy

How do you know you won an argument with a liberal..... they call you racist.

Mike Kay

RoundHIllGuy: How do you know a right wing extremist is posting? Misspellings and lack of punctuation. :)

amerigirl

How do you know that a conservative is losing a conversation? They become angry, call names, blame liberals for everything, and use racial slurs.

amerigirl

OK guys start your moaning and groaning.

John M

Every day I drive by Wegman's and I see no less than 500 cars in the parking lot, usually many more, and I say this will never end. Northam is going to wait until every business that is not a grocery store is damaged beyond recovery. If you think you really want to stop this "deadly" virus, then shut everything down for 10 days- including grocery stores and hardware stores, otherwise, let's get back to work. If you're worried or vulnerable, then you can continue to stay inside and keep social distancing.

Mike Kay

JohnM: Sounds like a recipe for hunger or a stampede at the grocery store. Remember the last time? But, that was a great example of a false equivalence! Nice work! :)

John M

Mike Kay: You want everyone to stay home and businesses closed, but you're okay with 500-1,000 people being at Wegman's, Lowe's, and Home Depot? That's a great example of hypocrisy! Nice work! :)

Mike Kay

John M: The Home Depot I go to limits the number of people inside. Wegman's was like the wild west and I'm NOT ok with it. Your argument is like that of a 10 year old, justifying bad behavior with other/previous bad behavior.

ace10

Now, we've all become victims of the (D) party's plantation politics. They've got us right where they want us, and there's no end is sight.

Mike Kay

Ace10: Right, because ALL governments thrive on angry constituents and reduced tax revenue! (sarcasm).

LoudounPulse

I suppose Northern Virginia is special. Because the whole Virginia Beach / Norfolk / Hampton region is just as populous as NOVA, but I don't see that area staying locked down.

amerigirl

NOVA is considered pat of the DC area which includes Maryland too. People travel throughout the area. Check their numbers in comparison to the metro area.

Mike Kay

Pulse: How do their infection numbers/per-capita, compare?

PS, the whole state HAS been locked down.

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