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Gov. Ralph Northam talks to a nurse in southwest Virginia about hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced a statewide curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. as Virginia continues to battle soaring COVID-19 numbers.

The curfew, which goes into effect Monday at midnight, excludes commuting to and from work and other essential travel.

In addition to the modified "stay-at-home order,” Northam has ordered also stricter mask rules, promised stepped up enforcement and lowered the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The new orders remain in effect until Jan. 31.

"If you are indoors and around other people you need to wear a mask," Northam said. "If you're outdoors and can't stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask. If you're at work, wear a mask."

Northam's orders don't address local schools and their back-to-classroom plans. "Local leaders know what’s right for their community," he said. It does, however, restrict school sports, with fewer players and spectators allowed at games.

The orders come as Virginia is seeing an average of 4,000 new coronavirus cases per day, and an 80 percent spike in hospitalizations over the last four weeks.

"Case numbers have been rising for weeks," Northam said. "They’re now at record high levels. They’re higher now than they ever have been."

Other pandemic restrictions already in place include the statewide mask mandate, also tightened last month to include children between the ages of 5 and 9. Previously the mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors in public places applied to children ages 10 and up. There is also a limit on the on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, brewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. In addition, all such establishments must close by midnight. 

Northam joins North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in ordering a curfew as an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The CDC said 2,566 Americans died of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Check back at InsideNoVa.com for updates.

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Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

Hey Ralphie, good luck with this. Fool Virginian’s once, shame on you. Fool The Commonwealth twice, shame on Virginians.

Brad London

Northam is a moron. He's awful for VA. Business fail daily because of his actions. Meanwhile states like Florida are open for business. And yet, the Covid positivity rate in Virginia is much higher than Florida.

Kathy10

Vitamin D! If you live above the 35th parallel, which we do, you cannot get enough vitamin D from sun exposure.

We have to ask why our government is taking away freedoms, when all they would have to do is educate people about vitamin D.

Hawkeye10

Kathy,

If its okay with you, I will elaborate more on Vitamin D synthesis right here.

During certain months out of the year for where we live, typically April-October, the UVB rays are more than adequate enough, usually during the hours of 10am-2pm for the following process to occur:

"Our skin stores a specific type of cholesterol, called 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is converted to previtamin D3 on exposure to UVB (wavelength 270-300nm). Another process changes this into cholecalciferol before it undergoes activation in the liver and kidneys to become active vitamin D. Active vitamin D is called 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)D) or calcitriol."

I commend you for your efforts/education as it relates to Vitamin D and the immune system. I will further add that it is misleading to even use the word Vitamin on my own part, as it is in fact, Not a Vitamin, but a Hormone.

Also, the less clothing on in the direct sunlight, the more easier and efficient it is for this process to take place.

Kathy10

Thank you Hawkeye10! I find it disturbing and dare I say racist that neither, the government (federal, state or local) nor the media (national or local) are even mentioning vitamin D.

Nina64

So now we're a police state? This is tyrannical, and it's amazing how easily it is being accepted as "reasonable" by those who choose to cower in fear and submission over a virus that, yes, is nasty and can and has killed the most vulnerable to it, but that is still only 1.6% of Virginia's population. Do you choose not to drive because you may get in a car accident? Refrain from sex because you might get an STD? Stay-at-home orders like these are a convenient attempt to control citizens and score points with fellow Democrats, not reduce the # of infections that occur in the middle of the night. Disgusting.

Hawkeye10

The announcement and provisions detailed yesterday arent even the top of the ice-berg, its social conditioning....Northam and his whacked out administration havent gone full-blown tyrannical like some of the other states have, but might I remind everyone as I did in another article that didnt get much attention...

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Though the federal government is asking states to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine within months, some Virginians differ on whether the vaccine should be mandatory when it becomes available.

Virginia Freedom Keepers, a nonprofit that advocates for medical freedom, gathered in Richmond this week for a “March Against Mandates,” in protest of the statewide mask mandate, as well as a potential vaccine mandate, in response to COVID-19. The Virginia General Assembly is currently holding a special session to discuss the budget, along with COVID-19 and criminal justice reform measures.

Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said in a recent interview with ABC-8 (WRIC-TV), that if he is still Virginia’s acting Health Commissioner when a COVID-19 vaccine is made available, he will make immunization mandatory.

“It is killing people now, we don’t have a treatment for it and if we develop a vaccine that can prevent it from spreading in the community we will save hundreds and hundreds of lives,” Oliver said.

https://apnews.com/article/139f05b962d593e95195b2731b05a19e

So there you have it....But yes Nina, excellent points, not trying to take center-stage here, just wanted to respond to you.

Toby Beaman

Northam: "The beatings will continue until morale improves!"

AlfredP

if you wear blackface or a white hood, like Northam .. that will help stop the spread of covid19

Hawkeye10

[batman][ninja]

FixPrinceWilliam

The coronavirus hates the sun. That's why it's lurking from midnight to 5AM!

bigern77

Curfews now? This is blatantly tyrannical. It's truly amazing how people cannot see the totalitarianism getting rolled out in front of their very eyes, under the cover of a so-called pandemic. They'll just keep rationalizing it away until the boot is on their throat.

John Dutko

This is tyranny? Y'all a buncha snowflakes who can't think for themselves and willing to hurt others for stupid reasons.

Halyork

Yea yo...word

TPL

You keep licking that boot really hard, have you gotten to the heel yet?

Toby Beaman

What an ignorant reply. The non-thinking snowflakes are the ones who want to lock everyone up to protect a small percentage of the population. How about this - how about everyone thinks for themselves (as you assert we should), and if you aren't comfortable leaving the house, then don't. If you are, then have at it. And don't invade my personal space. And don't be a snowflake when I'm not going through the same misery that you are wearing your useless mask and tin foil hat.

Hawkeye10

As being accused on here by some for wearing a tin-foil hat, please dont link the pro mask wearing community[batman]

with the tin-foil hat community. [alien]

They are not one in the same!

But yes, absolutely think for yourself. The individual your replying to goes berserk on me every time I do!

[lol]

Nina64

Thinking for yourself means not blindly and wholly believing and following whatever an overreaching, tyrannical governor tells you. Those of us with an IQ in the normal to high range decide for ourselves, based on real evidence (not what is portrayed to us in the media) and our own circumstances, what is best for us, our families and communities.

PWCLiberty

Guy's just not that bright .... let's do something moderately visible, moderately irritating, and minimally effective. Offend everyone, benefit almost no one. It's sad but it makes one long for decisive leadership of Terry McAuliffe, LOL.

TPL

Lol, great way to describe it. I will say that Northam is far better than Cuomo or Newsom, but he's constantly waivering from his initial systems which is quite irritating. It seems as if his initial instincts are solid, but he gives in to political pressure.

TPL

*initial statements

Che

Well done Mr. Governor, stay the course and ignore the naysayers...the Trumpsters!

Hawkeye10

One marxist speaking to another...or the vicarious marxist in your case.

[pirate]

StaffordLiving

Che Guevara was for killing gays you homophobe

PWC resident since '69

Well done? What has he done, all of his measures have failed, he does get credit for ruining thousands of minority and family owned small businesses while letting the corporate giants continue to profit! His racist policies have poisoned the business environment in VA. Well done Governor A$$hat

PWC resident since '69

Well done? All this clown has done is ruined thousands of minority owned and family owned small businesses, yea well done if you want to make everyone dependent on the government. Northam is a racist always was and will be forever! Yes well done Gov, you have poisoned the State of VA to business owners while kowtowing to the corporate big box community killers!

TPL

Well-played.

Hawkeye10

SARS-CoV-2, and its many strains, dont always lead to "Covid-19,20,21..." in an individual.

The medical establishment lies, when theres natural remedies/buffers etc. for viruses that have been available for thousands of years. They wont talk about those, they make it so we are 1,000% reliant on their eugenics tactics and protocols instead.

Sic Semper Tyrannis...

Forest5465

You don't seem to realize that sars-cov-2 is covid-19. Please don't believe in magic natural remedies for this.

Hawkeye10

"You don't seem to realize that sars-cov-2 is covid-19."

Im just gonna spare myself the energy on that one and plead the 5th, if im even still allowed to do that...Someone else can take you up on that statement.

But for your second sentence, I dont believe in any "magic natural remedies," but I do believe in peer-reviewed scientific literature that involves anti-virals in the form of an herb, which is comprised of organic chemicals. I do believe in UVB sun ray exposure (time of year is also integral) for the effect it has on the body for the production of Vitamin D to enhance the immune system.

Now is there one specific herb that we know if that has been scientifically proven to Combat this very specific hybrid virus? Not to my knowledge, but there are plenty of anti-viral herbs to consider. As a matter of fact, simply squeezing an organic lemon into fresh water and consuming that provides a multitude of benefits for health, and is even able to alkalize cells to diminish a virus from replicating in its early stages.

Have ya heard any of our experts bring up Lemons? Of course not! Whens the last time a doctor prescribed a nice fresh lemon?!

[lol]

larryclyons

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

-Isaac Asimov

Thanks for the demonstration there Cletus.

Hawkeye10

Id recommend maybe spending more time out in the forest to clear your mind a bit!

[innocent]

TPL

Not to get too picky, but SARS-CoV-2 is the virus, while COVID-19 is the disease. If you don't develop any symptoms, then you don't have the disease.

larryclyons

Really Hawkeye10 you need to get your tinfoil hat patched, or the Black UN Helicopters will take you away to those FEMA reeducation camps near Austin Tx.

Hawkeye10

Well if ya would have provided some Reconnaissance for me...

Oh thats right, you took the state-sponsored vaccine...

Well at-least your social credit score went up!

[beam]

Halyork

What a incredible virus. It is able to tell time, and maneuver around it if need be. Wow!

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