March 30 Update

Update: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order that's effective immediately and will remain in place until June 10, unless the governor rescinds it. 

Virginia's coronavirus stay-at-home order: What is and is not allowed


Earlier: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will order state residents to remain at home with some exceptions, as the state steps up its effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a source familiar with the order said.

Northam’s order will allow people to leave their homes to seek a wide array of essential services like medical attention, food, banking and more.

The order will also limit access to the state’s beaches, barring swimming and sunbathing.

People will still be allowed to engage in outdoor activities, as long as they follow the state’s ban on gatherings larger than 10 people and remain 6 feet apart from others. The state’s parks will remain open.

The decision represents an about-face for Northam, who on Friday suggested that there was virtually no difference between issuing an order and his ongoing requests for people to stay at home except for essential outings.

"We're talking semantics here. We're talking about how to enforce this,” Northam said on Friday. “However you want to describe it, all of the states giving the same direction, which is to stay at home."

The Northam administration has not shared details of the order, but Northam said he is making a “major announcement” during a scheduled press conference at 2 p.m.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a similar order Monday, directing Maryland residents to leave their homes only for “essential” reasons, which includes procuring food, medicine or reporting to work if they are essential workers.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also issued a stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 5 p.m. Monday.


The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that 1,020 people in Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19.

That's an increase of 130 cases from 890 reported Sunday.

The VDH also said that 12,038 have been tested for the virus in Virginia, and there have been 25 deaths.

There are coronavirus cases in 86 of Virginia's 133 cities and counties. There are 95 cases in the Richmond area: 44 in Henrico, 25 in Richmond, 21 in Chesterfield and 5 in Hanover.

On March 19, state health officials said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the VDH website. Figures on the website might not include cases reported by individual localities or local health districts.

This is the breakdown of cases across the state according to the VDH website:

224 - Fairfax County

86 - Arlington County

79 - Prince William County

73 - James City County

61 - Loudoun County

52 - Virginia Beach

44 - Henrico County

26 - Alexandria

25 - Richmond

21 - Chesterfield County

20 - Stafford County

19 - Albemarle County

18 - Chesapeake

18 - Newport News

17 - Norfolk

13 - Charlottesville

11 - York County

10 - Frederick County

9 - Hampton

8 - Louisa County

7 - Gloucester County

7 - Manassas City

7 - Williamsburg

6 - Accomack County

6 - Fauquier County

6 - Goochland County

6 - Harrisonburg

6 - Roanoke City

6 - Shenandoah County

6 - Spotsylvania County

5 - Botetourt County

5 - Franklin County

5 - Hanover County

5 - Prince George County

5 - Rockingham County

4 - Danville

4 - Lynchburg

4 - Mecklenburg County

4 - Portsmouth

3 - Amherst County

3 - Culpeper County

3 - Fluvanna County

3 - Greensville County

3 - Hopewell

3 - Isle of Wight County

3 - King George County

3 - Madison County

3 - Powhatan

3 - Suffolk

3 - Winchester

2 - Bedford County

2 - Lee County

2 - Mathews County

2 - Nelson County

2 - Northumberland County

2 - Petersburg

2 - Poquoson

2 - Prince Edward County

2 - Roanoke County

2 - Rockbridge County

2 - Tazwell County

2 - Warren County

2 - Washington County

1 - Alleghany County

1 - Amelia County

1 - Bristol

1 - Charles City County

1 - Fairfax City

1 - Fredericksburg

1 - Greene County

1 - Halifax County

1 - Henry County

1 - Galax

1 - King William

1 - Lancaster

1 - Manassas Park

1 - Montgomery County

1 - New Kent

1 - Northampton County

1 - Nottaway County

1 - Orange County

1 - Pittsylvania County

1 - Radford

1 - Smyth County

1 - Southhampton County

1 - Wythe County

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