VDH Commissioner: Holding Pattern Until Vaccine

Speaks To WRVA As Governor Touts Lower Numbers

September 29, 2020 - 4:37 pm
Governor Ralph Northam provides an update on coronavirus efforts on March 19, 2020.  (Governor's Facebook Page)

(Governor's Facebook Page)


Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - In an interview with Newsradio WRVA, Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver says it is likely Virginia is in a holding pattern in its fight against coronavirus, until we get a vaccine.  Oliver spoke the day after the Governor took to social media to tout the Commonwealth's  record low positivity rate, as well as a low weekly case count that hasn't been seen since July.

Oliver also spoke as some local school districts began returning some students to school buildings.  Oliver says spread among students will be dependent on spread within communities, which he also says has been dropping.

Oliver also says the Department is working on its vaccine distribution plan, which he says will be ready by mid-October.  He says if a vaccine were available on November 1st, Virginia would be ready to go.  Oliver actually thinks a vaccine will be available early next year.