RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to update his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news conference will stream on WTVR.com, the CBS 6 Facebook page, and CBS 6.3.
The news conference comes as Virginia has 1,068 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
The governor’s office told CBS 6 that Northam will discuss at least three topics at the news conference: recent CARES Act funding allocation, antigen testing, and an update to the “Rebuild VA Grant Fund.”
Regarding CARES Act funding, on Tuesday, Northam announced $116-million to help post-secondary institutions with their COVID-19 response on things like distance learning infrastructure and personal protective equipment.
On Friday, Northam announced $22-million to help prepare for a statewide rollout of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine.
Regarding antigen testing, on Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it was sending over 2.5-million point of care antigen tests to Virginia that would be distributed at Northam’s discretion. In a news release, HHS said Virginia indicated the first wave of tests would go to “mental health centers and plan to roll out tests to higher education, K-12, corrections facilities, and hospice centers.”