Friend,

Governor Northam held another press conference earlier today to provide us updates on COVID-19 in the state. It was also announced that the Governor will hold a press conference every day at 11 am. This is to ensure Virginians have the most up-to-date and accurate information on this situation. You can watch his press conferences by going to his Facebook here. If you want to see what our state and local (Prince William County) governments’ overall plans are for tackling COVID-19, take a look at our first newsletter on this matter by clicking here.

Here are the latest updates:

Governor Northam's Press Conference

As mentioned above, the Governor held another press conference today.  You can watch his statement here.  Here are some highlights from the Governor's updates:

  • Confirms there are now 77 COVID-19 cases in the state.

  • 2,000 ICU beds will have access to ventilators.

  • 400 ventilator units will be deployed to hospitals should they need it. Additionally, there are national stockpiles should the need arise for more ventilators.

  • The Dept. of Social Services is communicating with childcare providers to ensure they are following the 10 person per area rule enacted by the Governor yesterday. They also request that childcare providers ensure children are fed, and to stagger recesses to limit the amount of children in the same area.

    • ​It is requested that if parents have the ability to stay home, that they keep their kids at home as well so that there is space in childcare providers for the children of those working in essential areas such as healthcare.

  • ​Because blood drives are cancelled, blood supplies are low. The Governor encourages those who are healthy and able to give blood to go to the Red Cross website to schedule an appointment.

  • The Department of Education is working to ensure testing requirements don’t impact school’s accreditation, and also to ensure high school seniors will still be able to receive their diploma.

  • SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE:  Virginia has submitted a request for aid from the United States Small Business Agency for a low interest loan up to $2 million. If you live in the 51st district and/or have a small business located in the 51st district and have a real need for an emergency loan, please email our office at delhayala@house.virginia.gov.

​Upcoming May Elections

The Board of Elections will be encouraging voters to vote absentee for the May primary elections. A reason will still be required under current regulations, therefore it is encouraged to mark the box 2A for illness or disability. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the May elections is April 28th. You can request an absentee ballot here.

Other Helpful Resources
  • Virginia Department of Health:  www.vdh.virginia.gov

  • State Employee Memo via the Governor: State Employee Memo

  • Prince William County Schools grab free to-go breakfasts/lunches. More information PWC Link

  • Inside Nova article on mobile testing can be found here

  • Unemployment funds for laid-off/furloughed workers: Virginia Employment Commission

  • Supporting our Workforce: "Frequently asked Questions for Workers Regarding COVID-19" document can be found here

  • Donate Blood to the Red Cross: We are facing a shortage of blood donations. The Red Cross has a number of sites across Virginia that are open and safe to visit. Site listing here. 

Virtual Town Hall this Friday at 1 pm!

On Friday, March 20th at 1 pm, I will be hosting my second virtual town hall to provide you  updates on COVID-19. During this event, I will take questions! To access the town hall and for more information please take a look at the Virtual Town Hall Facebook Event.

My Contact Information

Email to: delhayala@house.virginia.gov, or call my office at: (804) 698-1051.

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Overcoming this situation together!

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. The response to this disease may seem overly strong, but it's 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. 

If your life has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office with the information above. I will do everything I can in my power to help! 

Sincerely,

Hala Ayala