Gov. Northam issues an emergency COVID-19 order

An email from Virginia Governor Northam confirms the issuing of an emergency order for the medical industry.

A 30 day emergency order will expand the number of beds, increase staffing capacity at hospitals and nursing homes and allow public health agencies greater flexibility.

This in response to the 3,500 people that are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state.

The 30 day duration of the order is based on models that suggest the virus will peak in the next few weeks.

The executive order is to help alleviate the strain on hospitals and medical professionals.

The order also directs the State Health Commissioner to waive normal bed licensing for hospitals.

The order will also help to increase the health provider to patient ratios.

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