Friend,

I am currently monitoring our Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. Because of recent confirmed cases within Virginia and its anticipated spread, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency yesterday, you can watch his statement here. I am working with our state and local government authorities as they utilize the assets provided under this state of emergency. Your safety and well being is my concern and priority.

Provided below is information from the state level and the local level in Prince William County. Additionally, state and local contact information will be provided

**Note: If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.**

Governor’s State of Emergency

Under the Governor’s state of emergency, the following measures will be taken:

  • State employees will cease official travel outside of Virginia, and teleworking will be promoted when possible.
  • All specially-scheduled state conferences and large events will be cancelled for a minimum of 30 days, and localities and other organizations are urged to do the same thing.
  • Under the recently approved budget, our state government has the necessary reserve funds to ensure state services are provided for the coming future, despite economic uncertainty.
  • Private businesses will be encouraged by the Governor’s office to explore teleworking and paid time off options, especially for employees with hourly wages.
  • The Governor’s office and the Department of Education is in contact with all school districts as well as higher education institutes in the Commonwealth to update their pandemic guidelines and ensure they are prepared for this situation.
  • The Department of Health is monitoring the situation and will expand its testing criteria with an emphasis for those who have symptoms and are most vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • The Department of Social Services is working with local partners, such as food pantries, to ensure food is provided to all who need it.
  • Our Commonwealth is coordinating with insurers to waive co-pays and diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
  • Our transportation infrastructure, which includes our airports, buses, Metro, and rail will be following CDC protocol to ensure their facilities are properly cleaned to reduce the spread of this disease.

Virginia Department of Health information on COVID-19

VDH COVID-19 Hotline: (877) ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343)

Prince William County Response

Our county will also be taking further precautions during this time:

  • The county’s Emergency Management Coordinator has announced the implementation of a local emergency operations plan for the County’s government should it be necessary.
  • County buildings now have COVID-19 informational signs as well as hand hygiene stations.
  • The county will work with suppliers to ensure adequate hand cleaning and office cleaning supplies are available for county agencies.
  • The county’s first responders will have all the necessary equipment to respond to any COVID-19 calls.
  • Prince William County Schools, including related activities and community use, will close to students effective Saturday, March 14, until April 14.
  • 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. Details on locations and times will be provided when I receive them.

Prince William County resources:

Prince William County Emergency and COVID-19 Information

Prince William County’s Emergency Services

Prince William County Schools Coronavirus-related changes in operations

Best Practices

Consider the following steps you can take now to ensure you, and those around you, are safe:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds. Especially after: blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. Use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water is not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch areas such as: counters, tables, doorknobs, bathrooms, phones, keyboards, and tablets.
  • Avoid going out unless necessary and consider teleworking from home if it is possible.
  • Store water, food, medical supplies and other essentials for at least a week.

Virtual Town Hall Tonight at 7pm!

I will be hosting a virtual town hall tonight at 7 pm. I will provide updates on the government’s response to COVID-19 and will take questions! More information on the town hall can be found here: 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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I want to make sure that the information you receive is the most accurate and up-to-date. One of the biggest problems facing the public is the spread of misinformation during this time. Please ensure before sharing/posting anything that the information you receive checks out with official sources.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me with the information provided above!

Sincerely,

Hala Ayala