Tell VA Governor Ralph Northam we need more extreme measures against Coronavirus now!

Tell VA Governor Ralph Northam we need more extreme measures against Coronavirus now!

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Dear Governor Northam:

We are counting you to take bold, immediate, and extreme action to contain the COVID-19 (the coronavirus) outbreak, even if you're the first governor in the United States to do so.  We appreciate what you’ve done so far, but it’s nowhere near enough. 

We know from Italy and China that the number of cases multiplies by a factor of ten every week, absent extreme intervention. That means if we have 10,000 cases in the U.S. on March 12, we could have 100,000 by March 19, a million by March 26, and over 100 million by Easter.

Such exponential growth in VA would lead to the collapse of our state’s healthcare system and hundreds of thousands of deaths. 

We can't wait for the federal government to save us. You have to act now. You have tools that we know will work. It’s up to you whether we use them.

China beat the Coronavirus by mandating extreme "social distancing" measures that limited contact among people in areas of active transmission.  As of March 11, China was almost completely free of COVID-19. We must replicate China's success. The scientists over at www.endcoronavirus.org have distilled the lessons from China and elsewhere into recommendations for policymakers.

Governor Northam, we demand you take the following science-based steps now, before it is too late:

1. We are counting on you to radically scale up COVID-19 testing in VA. South Korea tests more people in a day for COVID-19 than the U.S. tests in a month. We can’t wait for the federal government to fix this. You must find a creative solution for the people of Virginia, even if means pissing off some bureaucrats in Washington.

2. Lock down communities with active transmission. Everyone except those providing essential services should stay home in areas with active transmission. Perform door to door searches (with personal protective equipment) for affected individuals. Restrict mobility in and out of these communities.

3. Encourage all Virginians to practice social distancing. Educate the public about the importance of avoiding social gatherings and staying home as much as possible.

4. Demand that all VA employers, including VA State Government, implement aggressive work from home policies to the extent possible. Also encourage businesses to maintain essential functions.

5. Dramatically scale up temporary hospital space. Convert public and private spaces into overflow medical spaces that can treat mild and moderate COVID-19 cases. Scale up ICU capacity ASAP.

6. Care for the most vulnerable. Monitor, and address the needs of the homeless and people in high density communities including nursing homes, retirement communities, dormitories, prisons and psychiatric institutions.

7. Stockpile essential medical resources now. Work with VA manufacturers to meet the shortfall in medical equipment we will likely face.

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NEXT STEPS FOR VIRGINIANS:

1. Sign this petition and join the letter to Governor Northam.

2. Contact Governor Northam directly. It takes 30 seconds. Don’t underestimate the power of an email or tweet from a constituent.  You can copy and paste the eight points above or share a link to this petition -- www.change.org/StopCoronaVirusVA

E-mail: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GovernorVA 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorVA 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/governorralphnortham

For further science-based information on the Coronavirus and how we can stop it, visit www.endcoronavirus.org

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