Leaders of the 5 largest localities in Virginia, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, and Alexandria, have requested that Governor Northam allow them to remain closed while the rest of the state opens on May 15th, because ‘without additional data’ they can’t determine if the percentage of COVID-19 cases has declined over the last 2 weeks in their counties.
Really? Even I can do that math. All they need is to open a spreadsheet and plug in the numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths that the state provides for every locality every day. Then look at the trend. If those numbers are going down for two weeks, that’s all they need to know. If I can do that every day, I’m sure they can too. This makes “the dog ate my homework” sound like a pretty good excuse.
Governor Northam previously announced he would allow Northern Virginia to remain closed if that’s what their leaders wanted. So it appears NOVA will continue to be closed indefinitely.
From the letter sent to the Governor as published in the Prince William Times:
On to West Virginia for haircuts, stores, and dining. I’m sure they will be happy to take the money of Northern Virginia residents. Their businesses will thrive while many of NOVA’s close down permanently.