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Coronavirus Update 3.30.2020

It feels surreal that it's been less than three weeks since the end of the 2020 legislative session, let alone two and a half weeks since a state of emergency was declared in the Commonwealth due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

I write today with a few updates and helpful links as we continue to adjust our daily lives during this unprecedented time. A graphic from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding the cases of coronavirus is below -- it is updated here every day at 9:00 am.

I encourage you to tune in to the Governor's 2 pm briefings at facebook.com/GovernorVA on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as we continue to try to curb the spread of COVID-19. VDH is now operating a 24-hour Coronavirus Information Hotline. For questions about the coronavirus, call (877) ASK-VDH3 or (877) 275-8343.

To watch today's broadcast announcing the Governor's stay-at-home order, click here.

Stay-at-Home Order

  • Governor Northam issued Executive Order 55, a temporary stay-at-home order effective today through June 10, 2020 unless amended or rescinded.
     
  • Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:
    • Obtaining food, beverages, goods, or services as permitted in Executive Order 53;
       
    • Seeking medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
       
    • Taking care of other individuals, animals, or visiting the home of a family member;
       
    • Traveling required by court order or to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
       
    • Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements;
       
    • Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work;
       
    • Traveling to and from an educational institution;
       
    • Volunteering with organizations that provide charitable or social services; and
       
    • Leaving one’s residence due to a reasonable fear for health or safety, at the direction of law enforcement, or at the direction of another government agency.
       
  • The Executive Order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person instruction.
     
  • Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.

Schools and Child Care

  • For updates from Arlington County Public Schools, click here.
     
  • For updates from Fairfax County Public Schools, click here.
     
  • Answers to FAQs from the Virginia Department of Education can be found here.
     
  • To read updates from the Office of the Superintendent, including those regarding graduation requirements, click here.
     
  • Please note that facilities providing child care were not closed under Executive Order 53 - Department of Social Services guidance for those facilities can be found here.
     
  • For parents needing to find a child care provider, they can call (866) KIDS-TLC or (866) 543-7852.

Businesses

  • To read the Governor's Executive Order 53, which outlines which businesses may remain open and must close, click here.
     
  • Any businesses with questions about essential versus non-essential designations can email inquiries to business@virginia.gov.
     
  • Small businesses hurt by the outbreak of coronavirus can now apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration. Click here for more information.

Healthcare

  • For information on how to get tested for COVID-19 in Arlington, click here.
     
  • For information on testing in Fairfax County, click here.
     
  • All elective surgeries have been postponed to help preserve Virginia's supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Note that licensed inpatient and outpatient surgical hospitals, free-standing endoscopy centers, physicians’ offices, and dental, orthodontic, and endodontic offices may perform procedures or surgeries that if delayed or canceled would result in a patient’s condition worsening.
       
  • Executive Order Fifty-Two has lifted Virginia’s certificate of public need (COPN) restrictions, allowing hospitals and nursing homes to increase their bed capacity as needed to respond to the pandemic.
     
  • If you have recently lost health care coverage, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to apply for a private policy through the ACA Marketplace. Click here for more information.
     
  • The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is seeking individuals to volunteer. More information on the MRC can be found here.
     
  • The Governor has put out an Emergency Request for Information (RFI) in regards to personal protective supplies. That RFI can be found here.

Census

  • For the first time ever, Virginians can complete Census forms online, via phone, or mail. The statewide virtual Week of Action from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2 will highlight Census Day on April 1, and encourage Virginians participate in the 2020 Census.
     
  • You can complete the 2020 Census online here.
     
  • A sample 2020 Census questionnaire is available here.

Miscellaneous

  • A bipartisan economic relief package was signed into law on March 27th, 2020. There are many summaries of this bill online, including a great breakdown of key provisions by Senator Tim Kaine.
     
  • The REAL ID enforcement deadline has been changed from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021.
     
  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the coronavirus.
     
    • The foreclosure and eviction suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage.
       
  • WMATA has closed a number of Metro stations and is limiting service. For updates on which stations have closed and which bus routes are affected, click here.
     
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the previously declared judicial emergency through April 26th for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth. Click here for more details.
     
  • Virginia.gov has set up a website for all things coronavirus-related. All updates can be found here, and the site will continue to update as Virginia takes new action to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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

Best,

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