How virus rates have changed in Virginia. Courtesy of Virginia Department of Health.

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has named the leaders of two Southwest Virginia health systems to his medical advisory team, his office announced Tuesday.

Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, and Alan Levine, chairman, president and CEO of Ballad Health, will serve on the team, which will provide updates and advice on the pandemic, according to a news release.

The group will be chaired by Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins Medicine and also will include Kathy Gorman of Children’s National Hospital, Dr. Bogdan Neughebauer of Sentara Healthcare and Dr. Anand Shah, a former deputy commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration.

Also serving on the team will be state Sen. Todd Pillion, R-Washington, a dentist; Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, an OB-GYN; and John Littel, the incoming secretary of Health and Human Services.

“I have been receiving briefings about the coronavirus and Omicron variant regularly and we are going to stay on top of this,” Youngkin said in the release. “I recognize the severity of the virus and the significant loss that it has caused. Virginians should rest assured that we are monitoring this variant and doing everything we can to be smart about this.”