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.


Highest case rate per capita in Virginia

This uses March 30 data from the Virginia Department of Health and 2018 population estimates for Virginia cities and counties according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Highest case rate per capita Cases Rate per 100,000
James City County 73 95.6
Williamsburg 7 47
Arlington County 86 36.2
Charlottesville 13 27
Goochland County 6 25.8
Greensville County 3 25.8
Mathews County 2 22.7
Madison County 3 22.6
Louisa County 8 21.8
Fairfax County 224 19.5
Gloucester County 7 18.7

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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