Update 3/24: In a press conference Tuesday, Dr. Laurie Forlano, the state's deputy commissioner for public population health reported the number of cases of COVID-19 in Virginia has risen to 290, 71 more than the last report. 

The volume of cases is highest in the Arlington, Fairfax and Peninsula health districts, Forlano said. The number of cases in Danville and Pittsylvania County is still one. 

The number of deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus has risen to seven, with the latest case being a patient in Virginia Beach who died while hospitalized with the virus. 

Gov. Ralph Northam updated the state on the supply of Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, and the status of contracts to source more ventilators for Virginia hospitals. 

"We are living in an unprecedented time, and we're all working together to make sure that Virginia is as prepared and healthy as possible," Northam said. 

Original: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced in a briefing on Sunday that the case number has risen by 67 overnight, with the total now at 219 cases statewide. There are 95 in the Northern region, 70 in the Eastern region, 28 in the Central region, 20 in the Northwest region, and 6 in the Southwest region.

A third death in the state, a man in his 60s in Fairfax, was reported yesterday.

Northam said this sharp increase in cases is partly due to increase ability in testing.

"We also see it because this virus continues to spread," Northam said. "We talk about flattening the curve, but make no mistake, we are still in the early stages of the curve rising. How high and how quickly those numbers rise are up to you and me and every single Virginian."

Northam said that COVID-19 is going to be with the state for months, not weeks and the state needs to adjust to that reality.

"I know that makes people anxious and fearful," Northam said. "It is difficult to live with uncertainty, but the sooner we adopt these new ways of living, the sooner we all get through this."

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