"I am taking this step because science shows the virus spreads less easily when people wear face coverings," Northam said Tuesday.
An additional 1,615 cases were reported in Virginia, the state's highest daily increase in new cases since the pandemic began.
The governor was seen without a mask a day after he announced the state is reviewing a mandate that would require all Virginia residents to wear a mask in public.
Officials estimate the search and rescue operation took approximately 15 hours and no serious injuries were reported.
On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed 813 new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, and 37 new fatalities.
It's best to check what your state and local restrictions are before venturing out to your local park for the holiday weekend.
The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 1,229 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, six days after most areas of the state began to ease public health restrictions.
Entomologists predict that as many as 1.5 million cicadas could gather per acre in certain states as adults emerge from the soil to breed.
Emily Schantz, her husband and their two children left their home in Caroline County for a drive and accidentally ran over a bag stuffed with bills.
Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have all reported their largest weekly increases in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
The Virginia Beach oceanfront was busy despite the beach being closed under the directive, with people buying food and gifts and sunbathing near the water.
A spokesperson for Maruchan Virginia Inc. said its factory in Chesterfield County had undergone a deep cleaning after the infections were discovered.
"While the data show Virginia as a whole is are ready to slowly and deliberately ease some restrictions, it is too soon for Northern Virginia. I support the request from localities in this region to delay implementation of Phase One to protect public health," Northam said in a statement.
California plans to open around 25 of its DMV offices this month, while Virginia also announced it is preparing to reopen its facilities with social distancing guidelines and other measures in place.
Phase 1 of reopening Virginia would involve easing restrictions on businesses but continuing with social distancing measures.
Members of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) held a protest Wednesday morning outside Salem Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Virginia.
The 18-year-old found the perfect hiding spot in the washing machine, but soon found she couldn't get out. Eventually, the Prince William County Fire and Rescue had to come and free the teen.
Cameron Crockett, 31, posted on Facebook that he would donate the check provided by the U.S. government to someone left out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is not the time to play politics," Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said.
"Liberty University has tirelessly attempted to balance the needs of students, employees, and the community," a statement from the university said.
Pings from the shark's transmitter suggest she is 200 miles off the Virginia coast.
"I want to be clear: Do not go out unless you need to go out," Governor Ralph Northam said.
The incident occurred at a grocery store in Purcellville, Virginia, and prompted the store to discard some fresh produce amid concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Virginia, one struggling restaurant owner faces losing his business because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he is doing what he can to help the staff he had to lay off.
Governor Ralph Northam urged individuals in the Virginia Peninsula to "cancel" an event with several people.
New York City and Virginia both declared states of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, joining a growing numbers of locales in the U.S. that have taken similar measures, including at least 29 other states.
Virginia could be set to become the third state to cap prices on life-saving insulin if Governor Ralph Northam adds his signature to a new bill.
Dana Ghazi Mustafa, 27, was charged with assaulting a federal officer. She allegedly admitted that a story told during the flight about her family being killed by a drunken driver had been a lie.
The Democratic House speaker released a relatively caustic statement after her Senate colleagues, enabled through four Democratic votes, sidelined the bill.