New COVID Test Data Reveals Gov. Northam Placed Prisoners Ahead of Nursing Home Patients

New COVID Test Data Reveals Gov. Northam Placed Prisoners Ahead of Nursing Home Patients

Why is our Governor more concerned about the health of convicts than our most vulnerable population?

June 27, 2020

Virginia Rising Action has been following Gov. Northam’s flagrant mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is catching the attention of Virginia legislators. In a scathing statement, State Senator Ben Chafin (R- Lebanon) revealed that Northam’s administration has tested twice as many prisoners than nursing home residents, which account for 60 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the Commonwealth.

The data released by Sen. Chafin shows that 21,671, over 80 percent of Virginia’s prison population, have been tested for COVID-19 while only 10,080 nursing home and assisted living facilities have been tested.

In his statement, Chafin questioned the timing of Gov. Northam’s decision to release the names of nursing home facilities that have COVID-positive cases. Chafin also highlighted the giant gap between the number of prisoners tested versus the number of nursing home residents.

“For the past three months, the Governor and members of his administration have been telling the people of Virginia they could not release the names of nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are infected with COVID-19.

For three months, these facilities BEGGED the Governor for personal protective equipment and testing kits as the death toll climbed. Now, after THREE MONTHS of mounting pressure from citizens and healthcare professionals, the Governor has apparently awoken from his befuddled stupor and released the data.

Why is our Governor more concerned about the health of convicts than our most vulnerable population? Why has our Governor chosen to keep all Virginians clueless except for his hand-picked Executive Branch in regard to all things related to COVID-19? Why is he not sharing the recoveries from COVID-19 with Virginians and State and local leaders?

We as Virginians, including our most vulnerable population, deserve more from Ralph Northam.“- Senator Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)

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