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Governor to address Virginia with COVID-19 update

Posted at 9:55 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 12:07:22-04

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.”