Virginia Updates for October 25

Extra, extra -- read all about it 📬 Here’s your Virginia Updates Newsletter for October 25.

Hey Virginia, happy Monday! We hope everyone had a relaxing weekend … because the next 7 days will be jam packed with Election Content, so be #voteready!


In the meantime, here are your latest updates on what's happening in your state. First up is our partnership with @partyatthemailbox! As mentioned, we are GIVING AWAY 2 FREE VOTER KITS to two followers who tag at least one friend on Instagram encouraging them to vote or follow us by 10/27. Each comment is one entry ✅


Also this week, we have some updates on the Governor's race, investments happening in Virginia and new jobs coming to those areas, and some helpful reminders for all those participating in the spooky season this weekend!


Here are this week's Virginia Updates. We have news on;

- Party at the Mailbox (Sign up today!)

- Race for Governor

- New Investments in Virginia

- Trick or Treat

- Vaccine Update

- COVID-19 Data

Party At YOUR Mailbox!


Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, let’s celebrate your vote and your voice!


We Vote VA is excited to announce that we are partnering with Party at the Mailbox to give away Free Voter Kits! We are giving away 2 boxes to two followers who invite at least one friend to vote in the comments below!


To request your own box, visit partyatthemailbox.com and tell them We Vote Va sent you!





The Voter Kits include:


  • Richmond Votes T-shirt

  • Buttons

  • Coloring book

  • Posters

  • Signs

  • Snacks

  • Stickers

  • And more!


source: partyatthemailbox.com



Race for Governor


Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Glenn Youngkin (R), are polling neck-and-neck in the gubernatorial race.


With Election Day quickly approaching, groups are targeting McAuliffe and Youngkin with political donations. Advocacy groups from across the country have also spent millions on ads supporting and targeting Virginia candidates.


On the ground, both campaigns started their bus tours. They've been joined by prominent surrogates across the commonwealth and will continue in the days before Election Day, to help boost enthusiasm for each candidate.


President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jil have campaigned with Terry McAuliffe (D).


State Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley have campaigned with Glenn Youngkin.


Early In-person voting ends Oct. 30 | Election Day is Nov. 2


sources: wric.com & cnbc.com



New Investments in Virginia


Governor Northam announced that Virginia’s economy has generated a record $77 billion in capital investment commitments across more than 850 projects.


These projects will create nearly 100,000 new jobs and represent more capital investment secured than any previous Governor.


Northam also announced a $2 billion investment with local and private partners to expand high-speed internet access to more than 250,000 homes and businesses.


The state has already received requests for $943 million in grants to fund 57 projects to expand broadband telecommunications access in 84 localities across Virginia.


The state will vet the requested projects for eligibility. Not all of the projects will be funded this year, but the state expects to award grants by the end of the year to put Virginia in position to achieve universal broadband coverage for all parts of Virginia by 2024, four years earlier than the governor had hoped.


sources: richmond.com & governor.virginia.gov



Trick-or-Treat!


The new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director, Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Anthony Fauci said that this year’s trick-or-treating should be safe for young children in small groups.


According to a recent survey from the National Confectioners Association, 80 percent of Americans plan on trick-or-treating compared to 65 percent in 2020.


If you are planning on celebrating going door to door,

Safe Kids has a few tips to make sure children are safe walking around the neighborhoods:

  • Typical trick-or-treating hours are from 5pm to 9pm

  • Look both ways before crossing the street

  • Common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, and sesame.

Visit our website for more information on spooky events happening across the commonwealth this weekend!


sources: wric.com & nbc12.com



Vaccine Updates


The Virginia Department of Health added to the dashboard COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in children 0 to 17 years of age.


Many children in Virginia are not yet protected from COVID-19 through vaccination. VDH recommends everyone 12 years and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.


Vaccine Summary: As of Monday, October 25

  • Total Doses Administered: 11,248,991

  • People Fully Vaccinated: 5,324,523 or 62.4%

  • % of Adults (18+) Fully Vaccinated: 74.2%

  • People Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 5,921,619 or 69.4%

  • % of Adults (18+) Vaccinated with at least 1 dose: 82.3%

  • People Vaccinated with Booster / Third dose: 373,171


For more information on Virginia's vaccination efforts, please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA


sources : vdh.virginia.gov & vaccines.gov



COVID-19


The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 918,700. The 918,700 consists of 683,159 confirmed and 235,541 probable cases. There are 13,745 COVID-19 deaths, and Virginia’s 7-day positivity rate is now at 6.3%.


source: vdh.virginia.gov


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