12 May 2020 – Phase one of easing public health guidelines delayed for Northern Virginia

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Private Sector and Businesses, Tourism
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: VA
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam, State Health Commision

Overview: Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Northern Virginia Localities
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-856741-en.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Evidence/Justification: Data show that Northern Virginia is substantially higher than the rest of the Commonwealth in percentage of positive tests for COVID-19, for example. The Northern Virginia region has about a 25 percent positivity rate, while the rest of the Commonwealth is closer to 10 percent. Further, in the last 24 hours, the Northern Virginia region reported over 700 cases, while the rest of the Commonwealth reported approximately 270. On any given day, 70 percent of the Commonwealth’s positive cases are attributable to the Northern Virginia region.