I hope you and yours are doing well. As our data comes in, Virginia continues to move through this pandemic in a positive way.
This is great news, but I take it cautiously. Numerous parts throughout the country, particularly ones that some say reopened too early, have had a second wave of outbreaks.
We are doing the right thing by continuing to take this pandemic seriously. Continue to wear a mask, monitor your health, keep a 6 feet distance from others, and of course, wash your hands!
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 59,946 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.
Our data shows Virginia continues to trend in a positive, good way.
Today’s percent positivity number (the percentage of positive cases within the population of tested individuals) is the lowest it has been in weeks.
Hospitalizations continue to trend downward.
To date, we have had 53,630 antibody test results reported to VDH. 6.4% of all tests were positive for antibodies.
Some of Virginia’s broad testing goals include: testing symptomatic individuals and close contacts referred by PH to seek testing, testing high risk populations (socioeconomically disadvantaged, chronic illnesses, elderly) and focusing on outbreak testing and containment.
To protect Virginians who face evictions once the moratorium is lifted, the Governor is calling on the chief circuit court judges around the state to extend the moratorium.
Additionally, the Department of Housing and Community Development will use $50 million to create the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief program. This will help cover rent and mortgage payments on behalf of households who are experiencing financial troubles because of the pandemic.
The Governor announces an additional 90 days (on top of the initial 90 day extension) to renew licenses, registrations, or other credentials that expired before July 1st.
As a reminder, the Governor announced that Virginia will move into Phase 3 next Wednesday, July 1st.
The changes and guidance that come with Phase 3 can be found here.
Additional Data and Information
- According to the VDH website:
59,946 persons have tested positive for COVID-19.
5,995 of those individuals have been hospitalized.
1,675 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 45,500 cases we have racial and ethnicity data on, 8,498 are African Americans and 20,601 are Hispanic or Latino.
Northern Virginia’s Current Status
Northern Virginia is currently in 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.