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Northam on COVID-19: 'We have come nowhere close to hitting the peak'

"But if we continue to do what we're recommending, we will hopefully flatten that curve as much as we can."
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Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 23:07:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is "nowhere near" its peak of COVID-19 cases according to Gov. Ralph Northam.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Northam said that COVID-19 cases and deaths in Virginia are going to keep going up, and that "we have come nowhere close to hitting the peak of the curve."

"We have taken aggressive steps to keep Virginians safe and, and I wouldn't say so much as the numbers tell us that it's working... but science and experience, dealing with infections, dealing with pandemics tell us that these are the things that we need to do and If we comply with them, they will work," Northam said when asked if social-distancing measures had positively affected Virginia's COVID-19 rates.

"But if we continue to do what we're recommending, we will hopefully flatten that curve as much as we can," Northam said. "And again, that's to protect the capacity of our healthcare industry to make sure that if and when Virginians come in, and they need hospitalization, that we have the beds available, especially ICU beds, that we have the staff available, and that we have the equipment that we need."

Northam said that according to data from other countries, Virginians should expect several months until the pandemic begins to resolve in the Commonwealth.