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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
March 25, 2020
Charlottesville Leaders call upon Governor to Implement Stay-at-Home Order
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville calls upon Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam to take action to implement stricter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a stay-at-home order, within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In a letter sent Tuesday, March 24 , Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker requested that Governor Northam revise his Executive Order Number Fifty-Three to mirror the stay-at-home orders issued by the Governors of New York, California, and Louisiana.

“Virginia must take action now to halt the spread of COVID-19 before it results in further illness and death within the Commonwealth,” said Walker. “The Council does not believe that this Executive Order’s social distancing measures are sufficient to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia.”

In a separate letter, Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney and Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter likewise called for the Governor to implement a stay-at-home order in Virginia.

“This is a public health emergency, and we urge you to act immediately to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our fellow Virginians,” said Brackney and Baxter.
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Local COVID-19 Resources

The Virginia Department of Health's Thomas Jefferson Health District has opened a hotline at (434) 972-6261 which is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions regarding the Coronavirus. The public can leave messages that will be returned as soon as possible. If someone is experiencing a medical emergency, they should call 911.

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