Brace Yourselves: Another Northam Presser Today

by Kerry Dougherty

Get ready, Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam, the man who can’t stop the rioting in Richmond but thinks he can stop the spread of COVID-19, is holding a press conference.

No, he won’t be announcing strong measures to end the violence and lawlessness roiling the streets of the Capitol. Like most Democrats, the governor appears indifferent to anarchy.

Instead, he’s laser-focused on Tidewater, saying we’re a COVID-19 hot spot.

One thing you can count on: By this afternoon the Ruler of the Commonwealth will issue another decree restricting the rights of Virginians.

He’s been making little threats on Twitter about what’s coming:

He’s been making little threats on Twitter about what’s coming:

Cases are rising! Cases are rising!

Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. We have no baseline because – for reasons Northam has never explained – Virginia was one of the last states to begin testing in earnest. Who knows how many cases went undiagnosed back in April and May when we were testing just a handful of Virginians every day.

At an event in Hampton yesterday, where Northam announced a $70 million grant program for the small businesses he wrecked with his shutdowns this spring, the governor blamed coronavirus infections on people in our area who are defying his rules.

“We’re looking at options like decreasing the size of gatherings from 250 to 50. We’re looking at what’s going on when people are congregating in bars and restaurants … and really ignoring our guidelines.

“We have people coming from a lot of other states … and what we’re seeing is people gathering in these private parties and social gatherings, paying no attention to wearing masks, social distancing … between that and the bars and restaurants, that’s where the problem is, as we talk to our tracers. And that’s where we’re going to need to make some adjustments,” said Northam, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Oh really? I’m not sure Northam’s crack contact tracers have any idea what’s going on, since test results are reportedly taking anywhere from seven to 15 days to come back. Many experts say that after 48 hours, contact tracing becomes unreliable.

I hesitate to point this out, but didn’t we know the virus would spread when people were able to resume some of their activities and go back to work? If I’m not mistaken “15 Days to Slow the Spread” was intended to give hospitals time to prepare for the influx.

Last time I checked – that would be yesterday – there were 821 hospital patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. There were 3,834 empty hospital beds and no Virginia hospitals were experiencing difficulty obtaining medical supplies or PPE. Oh, and 80 percent of the commonwealth’s ventilators were collecting dust and of the 20 percent in use, only 23% of those were being used by Covid patients.

Looks like mission accomplished to me.

But Northam and other COVID Doomers feast on bad news and shrug off encouraging signs. That’s why the governor has stopped talking about death rates.

I haven’t, though. For the seven days ending July 24th there were 51 COVID deaths in Virginia. In the seven days prior to that there were 55. Oh, and the week before THAT? There were 113 deaths.

So even if cases are spiking, deaths are not.

Don’t take my word for it, here is yesterday’s chart from the Virginia Department of Health website. That’s a consistent drop in deaths since a peak in early May. Will this come up at today’s presser? Of course not. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

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14 responses to “Brace Yourselves: Another Northam Presser Today”

  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Dear Democrats. You set the double standard. You praise the mob, and shut the churches. None of us believe you actually care. The defiance largely flows from your embrace of the street actions while asking others to restrain. Do as we say, not as we do: New party motto.

    1. Steve – it’s not a new motto…..

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        also not exactly the truth. The “defiance” was in full bloom long before Floyds death and the protests.

        And that “defiance” is not just in Virginia – it’s in a lot of other states including GOP states.

        Ya’ll cannot deal with the simple truth sometimes.

        It’s always got to be how you want to believe… geeze

        1. TooManyTaxes Avatar

          Did you see the big party of 700 people in New Jersey at a rented AirBNB house? Not too many GOPers left in New Jersey.

          1. idiocracy Avatar

            Only thing missing from that party is a floor or deck collapse.

      2. Steve Haner Avatar
        Steve Haner

        Tru Dat, kls…. From the very beginning it was clear the herd of people would be hard to control, and moral example and reason would be more powerful than government diktat. Trump, sadly, proved that well with his months of setting a fairly bad example. Then Ralph Goes To The Beach, we all remember that. But this latest is the worst, with so many standing in solidarity with the street protests — peaceful or not (and the peaceful ones are larger) — and then expecting everybody else to pay attention when told to stay put. Morons.

        Well, Larry, Memorial Day and the Minneapolis tragedy were timed quite close, so believe what you will…

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          had nothing to do with Northam uniquely in no way, shape or form.

          He’s dealing with the same idiots that governors in other states are – including GOP governors.

          The “defiance” happened long before FLoyd and Memorial Day. All you need to do is go back and read Kerry’s rants, newspapers, and right wing web sites and FOX news.

          Why is telling the truth about this so hard for some?

          It boggles the mind but also explains the predilection to claim the MSM is biased – and so instead go to websites that are known to traffic in conspiracy theories for “facts”.

          It’s like what is happening in places like Texas, Florida and yes, California – have nothing to do with what Northam is dealing with.

          Ya’ll actually apparently WANT to live in LA LA Land like the POTUS!

  2. djrippert Avatar

    I believe Northam is itching for a reason to send all schools to “virtual only” education across the state. There was a recent protest in Fairfax County against the virtual-only public school decision. I’d guess that these parents, and many more like them, will only grow increasingly angry as they see school buses transporting students to private schools where in-school teaching is occurring. Both private schools I checked – Nysmith and Flint Hill – will be offering full in-school instruction to some students along with a hybrid program for other students. Both will also offer the option of all virtual. My guess is that just about every private school in Fairfax County will offer an in-school option to some degree. Why? Largely because parents of students at these private schools have a choice – they are sufficiently wealthy to move their children to whatever schools offer the best educational opportunities. Not so those who lack the money for private schools. They are captive to the monopoly of public schooling.

    What will Northam do? While the incompetence of Fairfax County Public Schools’ virtual learning was on full display this Spring (while many private schools performed much better) our hyper-woke governor could at least console himself by knowing that all the state’s children were learning virtually. Not so now. Within any jurisdiction where public schools have adopted an all-virtual approach the public / private school achievement gap will only widen.

    Will Northam insist that all schools (public and private) adhere to the same protocols? If not, will the General Assembly push for something to guarantee “equity” in this matter when they meet in special session?

    As the Illinois-ification of Virginia continues it seems hard to imagine that a common health issue will be addressed so differently between public and private schools.

    1. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
      Reed Fawell 3rd

      It appears that most large urban public school systems in Virginia are reaching the point of collapse, without viable solution.

      It is also increasing obvious to the sane among us that this collapse needs to happen if only to save the children who otherwise will be sacrificed to the leftists among us and their nihilist future.

  3. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Everybody understands this is 1860 again, right? Neither side will accept a loss in November.

    1. Matt Hurt Avatar
      Matt Hurt

      I am so afraid you’re right. We continue down this path to our peril.

    2. James Wyatt Whitehead V Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead V

      In Virginia, 81,000 firearms sold in June of 2020. 31,000 firearms sold in June of 2019.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    geeze , that only about 100 guns per person… or is my math wrong?

  5. ksmith8953 Avatar

    What if Northam did nothing?

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