Governor says no Phase 3 this week

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 8:32 AM EDT
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Governor Ralph Northam said at his Tuesday afternoon briefing that while overall numbers of COVID-19 in Virginia continue to trend down, and positive tests are on a downward trend, the commonwealth is not ready to move into Phase 3 of the state's economic reopening.

He said he will have more information, however, at his Thursday briefing about what Phase 3 will look like.

to watch the entire briefing from the governor's

Singer Pharrell Williams was on hand for an announcement about



is reporting 55,331 cases of

in the commonwealth as of Tuesday morning.

That's up from 54,886 cases reported Monday, a 445-case increase. 2,414 of the cases are reported as "probable."

There are 1,570 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth, up from 1,552 reported Monday, and 5,643 people have been hospitalized. 483,024 PCR tests have been conducted, with a 7.4 percent positive rate over the last week.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won't show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day's list.

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