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.

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.

I hope you and yours are doing well. As our data comes in, Virginia continues to move through this pandemic in a positive way.

This is great news, but I take it cautiously. Numerous parts throughout the country, particularly ones that some say reopened too early, have had a second wave of outbreaks.

The Governor has just announced that Virginia will move into Phase 3 next Wednesday, July 1st. More information on what Phase 3 would look like is available in the next section. I am glad to see the data trend in a positive manner, allowing Virginia to move forward. However I want to continue to caution everyone to treat this pandemic as serious as we have the past few months.

I hope you and yours are doing well. We are a little over 3 months since this pandemic reached Virginia. I want to thank everyone in Virginia who has been doing their part to slow this virus down. Please note that Virginia will not enter Phase 3 this week. But even when we do reach Phase 3, we must all continue to stay vigilant.

The Governor has announced that legislation making Juneteenth a state holiday will be introduced. Many Americans celebrate the 4th of July as the birth of our nation and the liberation from a tyrannical empire, however, not everyone in America was given that freedom. We need to recognize this Juneteenth with the same reverence as the 4th of July because for so many American slaves, this was the day they were truly free.

I am so happy to see our community overcome this very tough situation. It will be a great boon to our businesses and their workers to ease more of the pandemic restrictions tomorrow. However we cannot stop taking this seriously. While we slowly return to normal lives, we must continue to stay vigilant. This means wearing your mask when you go outside, keeping a safe distance from other individuals, and staying at home when possible!