Northam has said that the restrictions established by his administration are "the floor" and that it's up to individual businesses whether they are able to safely reopen and individual regions can request changes if their data is different from the state's overall.
As of June 18, Virginia has 56,238 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, with 1,586 total deaths and 5,744 cumulative hospitalizations.
According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, there are currently 857 Virginians hospitalized with either confirmed COVID-19 tests or pending COVID-19 test results and 7,493 patients who were hospitalized and have recovered.
In general, over the past month, test results have yielded lower daily case totals and increased testing, showing the "curve" of Virginia cases moving downward.
But the commonwealth is still working to overcome an earlier backlog in testing and catch up to the national average of how much of the population has been tested, although state health officials say their focus is getting tests to the most vulnerable and most affected people.
Governor Ralph Northam hosted Thursday's press conference from a government meeting space in Fairfax County, with elected officials from around the Northern Virginia area around the podium to join him, as well as leaders from the Latino community in northern Virginia specifically.
The press conference began with an update from the governor on the latest data metrics, followed by Northam presenting a slideshow outlining the plan for Phase 3 guidelines, and then the majority of the event was meant to address the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Latino communities around Virginia, but especially in northern Virginia, including Spanish language updates.
The plan for Phase 3