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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

 

The spread of the novel Coronavirus in Virginia and the reaction of state agencies and private partners continues to be fluid. I will do my best to keep this page updated with the most current information affecting our region. As always, my office is at the ready to support you in any State-related matters. You can reach us at district30@senate.virginia.gov or 571.384.8957.

 

The only way to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to limit contact with other individuals. Stay home if you can. If you can't, keep at least six feet away from others and wear a facemask. Wash your hands regularly, cough into your elbow, not your hand. If you have elderly neighbors, call them. Working through the public health and economic impacts of this virus will be a team effort. 

 

 

Information on Government Response to COVID-19: 

To find up to date details on presumptive cases and information on preventative steps, visit the VDH website.

 

You can find up to date information on site-specific infections at long term care facilities here.

 

For up to date Virginia Government action, visit the dedicated state website

 

For updates on national cases and best practices to limit virus spread, visit the CDC website

 

For all updates on the Federal Government's response, check here.

 

Locality Responses in the 30th District

 

Alexandria City

 

Arlington County

 

Fairfax County

 

 

Housing & Utility Payment

If you need financial assistance to pay your rent or utilities: 

Alexandria City residents: 
Contact the Department of Community and Human Services at 703-746-5700.
 
Arlington County residents:
Call 703-228-1300 for emergency rent and utility assistance

Fairfax County residents:
Call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880.

 

METRO Service Updates

To help protect employees and customers, and recognizing that many of Metro’s frontline employees are faced with tough choices as they balance work with their family priorities, including caring for children who are home from area schools, Metro is reducing service. 

 

Please see up to date changes here

 

Housing & Living Security

Evictions and federally backed mortgage payments are delayed during the spread of the coronavirus. if you are having issues with an eviction proceeding, call 1-833-NoEvict or 1-866-LEGLAID

Utility shutoffs for those who are late on utility payments has been frozen. If you are having issues with utilities, reach out to the Attorney General's Office: (804)786-2071

Unemployment

This public health crisis has forced many into unemployment. To help alleviate the incredible strain this puts on Virginians, Governor Northam has waived the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible and expanded who is eligible for benefits. You can apply here

Additionally, the Federal CARES act has expanded who is eligible for unemployment and increased benefits by $600 a month through July 31. Full details here.

Employment Opportunities

Please visit the new Virginia Career Database for new job opportunities

Small Business Relief

Virginia small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million. Here's how to apply
Preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse

In times of increased mental strain and isolation, instances of domestic violence and family abuse will unfortunately increase. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, contact the state hotline:

1.800.838.8238

Chat (confidential instant messaging)

Text: 804.793.9999

Local resources for victims of domestic violence can be found here

Student Loan Relief

Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal student loan borrowers through the Federal CARES Act. Contact your loan servicer to see if you qualify or if you have any issues contact: Virginia’s Student Loan Advocate at studentloan@schev.edu or (804) 786-2832. 

 

Community Resources

 

Congressman Beyer's Office has put together comprehensive resources on Housing and Food Assistance in Northern Virginia, please feel free to share these with anyone in need. 

 

If you are in need of support, this up to date, by zip code database has information on how to access community support for needs

During these troubling times, if you are well, this is a moment to rally together (from afar) to help our neighbors. Here are a number of ways to help out:

  • Giving blood: The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out our lifesaving mission in the event of any possible disruptions, as well as supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare. Right now, the American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointment to help maintain a sufficient blood product supply and avoid any potential shortages. The Red Cross also urges organizations to maintain scheduled blood drives. Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood products supply. As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood and platelets for patients in need could decrease further, which is why the Red Cross is urging all eligible, healthy donors to give now.
  • Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has established the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. The Fund will collect and provide flexible resources to nonprofits and other programs in our region that work with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the virus.
  • Donate money to Capital Area Food Bank https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/ 
  • Donate money or supplies to Northern Virginia Family Service: To minimize person to person contact, please consider mailing donations to: NVFS Headquarters, 10455 White Granite Drive #100, Oakton, VA 22124. Most-Needed Items: Diapers, Shelf-stable canned goods, Household Cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, Lysol, rubbing alcohol), Antibacterial soap, Grocery Gift Cards. You can also purchase items through our Amazon Wish List. On the shipping address page, select NVFS HQ—this will ship it to our Oakton office. On the gift message, please include your name & address so we can properly acknowledge your generous donation. 
  • Get your groceries/supplies from small, local markets! The big stores are already overwhelmed. Now is the time to support smaller stores. And they probably have more stock! Also be kind to cashiers and all store workers. If there was ever a time for empathy, that is now.
  • Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund: The Restaurant Associate of Metropolitan Washington is collected funds to support impacted restaurant workers  https://www.ramw.org/educated-eats
  • Medical Reserve Corps: Able and low-risk individuals can apply to join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (VMRC) to support our healthcare system and frontline workers: 
  • Contact Tracers: The Virginia Department of Public Health is hiring contact tracers to limit and track the spread of COVID-19. 

The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation is collecting funds to help prevent eviction for AHDC residents affected by COVID-19. AHDC is a non profit affordable housing developer in Alexandria. Their residents are likely to be hard hit by the slow down to the economy since many of their residents are low income, hourly workers. Money donated to this fund will go to helping residents who aren’t able to work because of COVID-19 pay their rent. Donate here: https://www.housingalexandria.org/give