Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday available projection models show COVID-19 cases in Virginia could surge between late April and late May.

In explaining his stay-at-home order, which extends until June 10, Northam said, "I want Virginians to prepare themselves for the long haul."

During the regular briefing by the governor and state health officials, Dr. Norman Oliver, Virginia Health Commissioner, said officials are working on models that project the spread and peak of the outbreak, and they hope to be able to share Virginia-specific models in just days.

Northam also said the state has received a third shipment of PPE — personal protective equipment for medical workers — from the national stockpile, but he said we still need more.

"PPE remains a critically important issue," said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey.


Vice President Pence tours Walmart distribution center in Virginia

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday traveled to Gordonsville, a town in Orange County, to tour a Walmart distribution center and highlight the importance of its supply chain amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Pence, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, thanked workers at the center, about 65 miles northwest of Richmond, for being “on the frontlines” and “putting food on the table for Americans,” according to a pool report from Gabby Orr, Politico’s White House correspondent.

Orr reports that one of the workers who oversees the loading dock wore a camouflage Trump hat and told Pence he’s been working there since 1996.

Orr reports that an employee cleaned the handle of a phone with a Clorox wipe to let the vice president speak over the intercom. Pence was introduced by Walmart CEO Doug McMillon.

“Thank you for doing a great job and keeping food on the table for the American people,” Pence said.

“We’re grateful for our farmers. We’re grateful for our grocery store operators. We’re grateful for Walmart.”

“The fact that you’re showing up every day – rolling your sleeves up and doing the work – it shows you love your neighbor and you love your country... Every day you come here, you’re making a difference for America.”

He added: “Here’s to that day in the future when we put the coronavirus in the past and come back stronger than ever before.”

Before his remarks, Pence chatted with Earnest Allen, a delivery truck driver for Walmart Transportation.

“I had to come out and see a truck driver. You guys are burning up miles every day making sure the American people have food, supplies,” Pence said.

At the end of their conversation, Pence told Allen: “I’ll come back for that handshake. God bless you.”

- Andrew Cain

Highest case rate per capita in Virginia

This uses April 1 data from the Virginia Department of Health and 2018 population estimates for Virginia cities and counties according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Highest case rate per capita Cases Rate per 100,000
James City County 95 124.4
Williamsburg 9 60.4
Arlington County 119 50.1
Charlottesville 16 33.3
Goochland County 7 30.1
Louisa County 11 29.9
Charles City County 2 28.8
Loudoun County 105 25.8
Greensville County 3 25.8
Fairfax County 288 25
Northumberland County 3 24.7
Poquoson 3 24.6
Henrico County 78 23.7
York County 16 23.6

Virginia cases by locality

Locality Total Cases
Fairfax 288
Arlington 119
Prince William 106
Loudoun 105
James City 95
Virginia Beach 88
Henrico 78
Chesterfield 59
Norfolk 33
Richmond City 33
Alexandria 32
Chesapeake 31
Newport News 29
Stafford 28
Albemarle 21
Charlottesville 16
York 16
Frederick 15
Hampton 14
Portsmouth 13
Louisa 11
Harrisonburg 10
Manassas City 9
Rockingham 9
Williamsburg 9
Gloucester 8
Prince George 8
Shenandoah 8
Spotsylvania 8
Accomack 7
Fauquier 7
Goochland 7
Lynchburg 7
Botetourt 6
Hanover 6
Roanoke City 6
Suffolk 6
Amherst 5
Culpeper 5
Franklin County 5
Isle of Wight 5
Winchester 5
Danville 4
Hopewell 4
King George 4
Mecklenburg 4
Orange 4
Petersburg 4
Roanoke County 4
Bedford 3
Fluvanna 3
Greensville 3
Madison 3
Northumberland 3
Poquoson 3
Powhatan 3
Warren 3
Amelia 2
Buckingham 2
Campbell 2
Charles City 2
Henry 2
Lee 2
Mathews 2
Nelson 2
Prince Edward 2
Rockbridge 2
Smyth 2
Tazewell 2
Washington 2
Waynesboro 2
Wythe 2
Alleghany 1
Augusta 1
Bristol 1
Brunswick 1
Carroll 1
Clarke 1
Covington 1
Franklin City 1
Fredericksburg 1
Galax 1
Greene 1
Halifax 1
King William 1
King and Queen 1
Lancaster 1
Manassas Park 1
Montgomery 1
New Kent 1
Northampton 1
Nottoway 1
Page 1
Pittsylvania 1
Radford 1
Southampton 1
Surry 1
Sussex 1
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