Northam: Pandemic ‘moderately contained’ in Va., but he’s not ready to further relax restrictions

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday the Covid-19 pandemic in the state is “moderately contained,” but he pushed back on the suggestion the he might further relax statewide restrictions.

“The virus is still out there,” the Democrat at a press conference in Richmond. “It’s alive and well. It’s very, very contagious.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, on Tuesday announced the state was moving into a modified third stage of reopening on Friday, allowing all businesses statewide to resume operations provided local jurisdictions sign off. That includes movie theaters and other entertainment venues but with limits on capacity.

Northam urged vigilance as Virginia heads into Labor Day weekend. The state as well as many others saw spikes in cases coming out of Memorial Day and July Fourth holiday weekends earlier this summer.

“We want to avoid those [spikes] as summer comes to a close,” he said.

The state is averaging about 15,000 to 20,000 diagnostic tests…

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