The Governor has just announced that Virginia will move into Phase 3 next Wednesday, July 1st. More information on what Phase 3 would look like is available in the next section.
I am glad to see the data trend in a positive manner, allowing Virginia to move forward. However I want to continue to caution everyone to treat this pandemic as serious as we have the past few months. We are not in the clear just yet, and as some parts of the country have shown, the threat of a second wave of cases is very real. Please continue to practice the important measures that have allowed us to reach this far such as wearing a face mask, keeping 6 feet away from others, and staying at home when possible!
In the meantime, please continue to check on our friends, neighbors and family. Just because we are physically separated from each other doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally separated.
We must also do a wellness check on one another, especially our most vulnerable. Please remember, if you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, or the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990.
If there is anything that I can do to help or if you know someone that is in need of help, do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 804-698-1051 or via email at DelHayala@house.virginia.gov.
The Governor's Update
The full press conference can be watched here. Please note that the Governor will be giving these press conferences every Tuesday and Thursday (unless an urgent update requires the Governor to speak on an off press conference day), and they will take place at 2 pm. They will be broadcasted and archived on The Governor’s Facebook and VPM’s YouTube channel. Some of the highlights from today’s press conference are as followed:
- There are now 58,994 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.
- The Governor is focused on combating COVID-19’s disproportionate effect on African American and Latino communities.
- Statewide, the data continues to trend positive (good).
- There are about 1000 contact tracers on board throughout Virginia.
- Hospitals continue to have bed capacity as well as enough PPE.
- Since last Friday, we have distributed 38 shipments of PPE to medical facilities, assisted living facilities, and higher education institutes throughout Virginia.
- To date, we have distributed up to 860,000 N95 masks, more than 1.6 million surgical masks, and around 4.4 million gloves.
- As of June 2nd, we have conducted an average of 8000-12,000 tests per day.
- The Governor announces that Virginia will move into Phase 3 next Wednesday, July 1st.
- Phase 3 changes include:
- Social gatherings may include up to 250 people.
- Cap on capacity for non-essential retail will be lifted.
- The cap on capacity for restaurants and beverage services will be lifted.
- Physical distancing will still be required.
- Entertainment venues like museums, zoos and other outdoor venues may open with 50% capacity, with a cap of 1000 people.
- Gyms may be open up to 75% capacity.
- Personal grooming services (like salons or barbers) will still need to follow physical distancing requirements.
- Child care facilities may be open.
- Overnight summer camps will still be closed.
- Recreational sports will still require physical distancing, and swimming pools may open with 75% capacity, with physical distancing.
- Face coverings will still be required in indoor public spaces.
- The Governor is focused on supporting long term care facilities, whose population are among the most vulnerable in Virginia.
- $246 million will go to support long term care facilities.
- The Department of Health will release the names of long term care facilities that have outbreaks.
Additional Data and Information
- According to the VDH website:
58,994 persons have tested positive for COVID-19.
5,913 of those individuals have been hospitalized.
1,645 of those individuals have lost their lives to this virus.
This virus has been shown to disproportionately affect the African American and Hispanic/Latino population throughout the country. As such, Virginia has begun to collect race/ethnicity information. With the 44,607 cases we have racial and ethnicity data on, 8,324 are African Americans and 20,198 are Hispanic or Latino.
Northern Virginia’s Current Status
Starting this past Friday, June 12th, Northern Virginia has entered Phase 2. The details of Phase 2 include:
- Restaurants can having indoor seating at 50% capacity.
- Gyms and fitness can having indoor workouts & exercise at 30% capacity.
- Pools opening with some restrictions.
- Outdoor venues opening with some restrictions.
- Recreational sports are allowed with social distancing and no shared equipment.
- Gatherings will be limited to 50 people.
- Teleworking & social distancing strongly encouraged.
- Face masks will still be required in indoor spaces.
COVID-19 Executive Orders
Since the pandemic reached Virginia more than a month ago, the Governor has issued numerous executive orders to address it. Here is a brief explanation of each, as well as the links to the full Executive Orders.
Most recent Executive Orders:
Executive Order 64: Declaration of a State of Emergency Due to Civil Unrest and Institution of a Curfew in the City of Richmond and the City of Virginia Beach
Executive Order 65: Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus
Executive Order 66: Establishing Juneteenth as a State Holiday
Link to all Executive Orders here.
COVID-19 Resource Page
I have a page on my website dedicated towards providing resources offered by the state, local government, and other entities, to those who need it. If you need assistance please visit the webpage now!
Additionally, there are other helpful, informative links that I would recommend you take a look at so you can stay up to date on this dynamic situation. You can visit the webpage here.
Prince William Testing Sites
There are multiple testing sites throughout Prince William County. If you don’t have a primary care doctor and/or insurance, please review the information found here regarding testing sites.
Eligibility is restricted to first responders, health care providers, those with symptoms, and those in high risk groups. If interested, visit www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to check eligibility.
Prince William County Information Center
Here is further information on what our county will be doing during this time:
- Prince William County has instituted a text alert system for COVID-19. Those interested in receiving updates from the county via text can text COVIDPWC to 888777 for English or COVIDPWCES to 888777 for Spanish.
- Additionally, residents can call the county's information at (703) 794-4669, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, for information regarding county government operations.
- Health questions related to COVID-19 can be addressed by the Prince William Health District's call center #: (703) 872-7759, 9 am - 5 pm, seven days a week.
- Prince William County Schools, along with all of Virginia’s schools, will be closed for the remaining academic year.
- School Age Child Care (SACC) will be closed from March 16 onward.
- PWCS and the County will provide packaged breakfasts and lunches at select locations throughout the county to anyone under the age of 18. For a complete list of all to-go food locations and additional information please click here.
ERs Remain Open and Safe
Emergency physicians working on the frontline of this crisis continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and stay at home when possible. But, the doctors say, Virginians should not delay necessary medical care, especially if you think you are having an emergency.
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In closing, I am here for you as is our Governor and our government agencies who are readily available to help during this tough time. It is important we prevent the spread for the safety of everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable. In addition, let's focus on caring for one another and beating this virus together.