Northam Administrations COVID-19 Plan Continues to Lack Specifics

Northam Administrations COVID-19 Plan Continues to Lack Specifics

Northam needs to be transparent with the people of Virginia and offer a detailed plan as to how his administration will help our community’s most vulnerable and susceptible citizens.

June 22, 2020

As Virginia nursing homes and assisted living facilities are still begging to receive more personal protective equipment and testing kits from the state government, the Northam Administration has instead decided to focus its attention on a new complaint portal. The Virginia Department of Health rolled out the portal to allow citizens to report those they believe aren’t complying with the Governor’s facial protection order. The portal offers a drop-down menu with a small list of public entities including churches, indoor gun ranges and retail stores.

State Senator Mark Obenshain questioned the Northam Administration’s handling of the issue and dubbed it the “snitch portal.” Obenshain says the portal is yet another handicap on small businesses already reeling from the economic impact COVID-19 and Governor Northam’s floundering response to the pandemic. Northam issued the mandatory face covering order last month after he was caught taking selfies and glad-handing on a Virginia Beach boardwalk without a mask. 

With 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth coming from nursing homes and assisted living facilities, ad-libbed task forces, vague guidelines, and “snitch portals” do nothing to help Virginians suffering from this pandemic. Northam needs to be transparent with the people of Virginia and offer a detailed plan as to how his administration will help our community’s most vulnerable and susceptible citizens.

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