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As we expected back in March, this pandemic isn’t something that would end in a few weeks, it could be something we have to deal with for the rest of the year, and possibly beyond. It’s important we do everything we can to stay safe, and keep others around us safe. With that said, our government is hard at work to ensure the toll this pandemic is taking on all of our lives is mitigated as much as it can be. It will take all of us working together to overcome this tough situation!


In the coming days, we will be entering the 5 month mark since the pandemic began in Virginia. It’s been a long few months, but we’ve known that we would be in this for the long haul. We’ve had to do more than take some temporary precautions, we’ve had to shift our entire lives. With the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, we can expect the hurricane season to begin in Virginia a bit earlier than usual. This year will be different than others since we have this pandemic to deal with.


It has been 2 weeks since the last COVID-19 update from the Governor. When he last spoke, Virginia was facing a slight rise and potential threat for a spike in cases that has been seen in other parts of our country. However, because of Virginia’s social distancing regulations as well as the efforts from Virginians all throughout our Commonwealth, we have been able to avoid a drastic spike. While cases have continued to slightly rise, the percent positivity remains low.


“Hala listens and brings people together to move Virginia forward," said Cole. "During these uncertain times, preparedness and compassion are needed from our leaders. From her leadership in the community and in the House of Delegates, I know that she will bring those values to the table.”


I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I believe my life experiences enable me to be a bridge builder so we can move Virginia forward into a strong, just, and prosperous future. I think that’s what our families want — someone who understands their experiences and can bring people together to make progress in their day-to-day lives.


While over the past few months we slowly flattened the curve, recent weeks have brought a small rise in cases in Virginia. This rise is not as bad as the rapid spike of cases that other states in the country have experienced during the same time, but it is something that must be addressed.