Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) extended the closure of all non-essential businesses in the Old Dominion on Wednesday from April 23 until May 8.
Northam cited the flattened virus infection curve to justify his decision, saying now is not the time to increase the danger of an infection curve rebound.
Townhall’s Marina Medvin has more:
Governor Northam, like many other leftist authoritarian governors, used his emergency powers to shut down businesses in his state in order to “save” people from coronavirus. Did he act within his powers?
Coronavirus, as of April 15, resulted in 195 deaths and 6,500 people testing positive in Virginia. We do not know how many of those cases are symptomatic, but based on research from the Princess Cruise, half of those testing positive for Coronavirus will be symptomatic, so we can predict that about 3,250 people in Virginia are actually sick from coronavirus. The coronavirus infection fatality rate in Virginia is 3%.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, the 2019-2020 flu season has resulted in 1,424 flu deaths in Virginia and 11,875 people infected. Virginia had a 12% infection fatality rate based on these numbers. We can extrapolate that Virginia had at least 23,750 flu infections if we account for the 50% asymptomatic flu rate. This number will be even higher if you include those who were sick but didn’t go to the doctor to be tested for the flu.
Comparing the two, it is evident that coronavirus has been only a fraction of the risk to Virginians that the flu has been. Coronavirus deaths compare as only one-fourth of Virginia’s flu deaths and the coronavirus fatality rate is one-half of Virginia’s flu fatality rate.
Northam previously issued a separate stay-at-home order for Virginia’s 8.5 million residents through June 10.