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Coronavirus Update 3.23.2020

As we continue to adjust to the new normal in Virginia, I want to share the most recent updates with you on how the Commonwealth is working to address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. I encourage you to tune in to the Governor's daily 2 pm briefings at www.facebook.com/GovernorVA as we continue to try to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Schools

  • All Virginia schools, public and private, will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.
     
  • SOL tests are expected to be cancelled for this academic year.
     
  • Guidance is forthcoming on how students will be able to complete their curricula remotely so that, for example, seniors will be able to graduate on time.

Businesses

  • All recreational and entertainment businesses will be ordered closed for at least 30 days starting tomorrow at midnight.  This includes all bars and restaurants, thought they can and are encouraged to provide take out, curbside, or delivery service.
     
  • Other businesses must adopt social distancing and a limit of 10 patrons or risk being closed.
     
  • Businesses considered to be "essential," such as pharmacies, banks, and grocery stores, will remain open. They must adhere to social distancing and increased sanitation measures.
     
  • Virginia ABC has waived regulations to allow restaurants and bars to sell beer and wine via take-out and delivery.
     
  • Virginia has received a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Small businesses and non-profits can now apply for loans of up to $2 million from the SBA.

Taxes

  • IRS:
    • The filing and payment deadline for federal income taxes have been extended to July 15, 2020.
       
    • The IRS is encouraging filers who are owed a refund to file as soon as possible. Most refunds are still being issued within 21 days.
       
    • More information can be found here.
  • VA Department of Taxation:
    • The state filing deadline of May 1st remains the same.
       
    • The payment due date for individual and corporate income taxes will now be June 1, 2020.
       
    • More information on deferring payment and how to file can be found here.

Medicaid

  • Governor Northam announced that for Medicaid and FAMIS enrollees, there will be no copays for any covered service.
     
  • The Commonwealth is taking steps to ensure that Medicaid members will not inadvertently lose coverage due to lapses in paperwork or a change in circumstances.
     
  • Additionally, no pre-approvals will be needed and there will be automatically approved extensions for many critical medical services.
     
  • To enroll in the Medicaid program, click here.

Economic and Food Insecurity

  • Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
     
  • To apply for UI, click here.
     
  • The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is loosening income eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
     
  • For those struggling with food insecurity, you can text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find a distribution site closest to you.
     
  • The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ordered utilities to suspend all service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential or business, who may be financially impacted by the outbreak.

Links with COVID-19 Updates

Stay tuned for more information as this situation continues to rapidly develop.

Best,

Rip Sullivan
Delegate, 48th District
C: (571) 210-5876