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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. 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. 

 

Pursuant to Governor Ralph Northam's Executive Order 55, All Virginians directed to stay at home except for allowable travel including:

to seek medical attention

work
to care for family or household members
obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three
and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements

 

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.

 

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

 

Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the Academic Year 

 

Alexandria Public Schools Information.

During this closure, a daily update will be sent out via ACPS Express around 1 p.m to all families and community members who are signed up to receive these updates. There will be a webinar at 3 p.m. every day to answer questions from families. 

 

Please contact your registrar today if you need to update your contact information in the ACPS system. For more details, see the coronavirus webpage

 

Arlington Public Schools Information.

 

Updates on Arlington Public Schools can be found on their website.

 

Fairfax Public Schools Information. 

Full details on Fairfax County's response and updates can be found here.

 

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.

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. 
  • Buy gift cards online to your favorite places! This will provide them with very necessary cash flow now, and you can redeem the gift cards once things have calmed down.
  • 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: 

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