COVID-19 Update June 12th 2020

Dear Friends,

I wanted to provide some important updates and additional resources as we enter into Phase 2 of  reopening our Commonwealth. I appreciate that we are moving on to phase 2  and look forward to being out in the community with all of you soon. I remind everyone to take it slow, wear your masks and stay safe.  Please contact me if you need any assistance or have questions. 

My warmest good wishes to you and your families. 

Delegate Kathleen Murphy

District-34 

Northern Virginia upgrades to Phase 2!

The Governor announced that Northern Virginia can join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase 2 starting today June 12th.

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.

Phase 2 Child Care Guidelines

On Tuesday, the Department of Social Services issued updated guidance to child care providers, in line with Phase 2 guidelines. You can read these guidelines here.

Phase 2 FAQ

The FAQs contain a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions regarding the Phase 2 guidelines. You can read Phase 2 FAQs here.

E.O. Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight

Today, Governor Northam extended E.O. Fifty-Seven and Fifty-Eight, which help ensure adequate medical capacity, and access to care during the ongoing response to COVID-19 pandemic. 

The full text of amended Executive Order Fifty-Seven is available here.

The full text of amended Executive Order Fifty-Eight is available here.

Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

At Governor Northam’s request, Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons suspended all eviction proceedings through June 28. Details of the Governor’s rent relief initiative, supported by federal CARES Act funding, will be announced in the coming weeks. Tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities and pay their rent on time if they are able. Visit StayHomeVirginia.com for more information and resources on tenant rights.

Governor Northam’s letter to Chief Justice Lemons requesting this moratorium is available here. Chief Justice Lemon’s order can be found here.

$66.8 Million in Emergency Education Relief Funding

Governor Northam announced that Virginia schools will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the press release here for a full breakdown of the allocation of that funding.

 

Governor Northam's Weekly Press Briefings 

Governor Northam will hold his COVID-19 Press Briefings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. You can watch on The Governor’s Facebook and VPM’s YouTube channel.

VDSS Mobile App for Resources

Community Services Boards-Behavioral Health Resources:

Prevention Activities and Resources Generated by Virginia CSBs

Domestic Violence hotline:
1-800-838-8238

Fairfax County’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
703-360-7273

Plan D Nova

 Join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps!

Website: www.vamrc.org

Reserve Corps FAQS page.

Portal for CARES Act:

Treasury.gov/CARES

VDOE Programs for Schools

Virtual Virginia

Health Care Resources:

ACA Information

Medicaid and FAMIS programs

Virginia Food Banks

commonhelp.virginia.gov

Virginia Easy Access

Hospitals

VHHA maintains a COVID-19 webpage

Inova

inova.org/covid19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Protective Supplies Survey

 For further information from local school divisions:

Fairfax County Public Schools 

Loudon County Public Schools

For parents needing to find a child care provider, they can call (866) KIDS-TLC or (866) 543-7852.

Additional State Resources and Information: 

Virginia Department of Health website

Virginia's Coronavirus Homepage

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia DMV

211virginia.org

Employers & Business: 

VEC Website

Claimant Resources page

Initial claims:
1-866-832-2363

Continuing claims, call:
1-800-897-5630

"Frequently asked Questions for Workers Regarding COVID-19"

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Information on Paid Family or Sick Leave

Executive Order 53

Any businesses with questions about essential vs. non-essential designations, can send those inquiries to business@virginia.gov

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

OSHA

CDC - COVID-19 Business Guidance Response

Stay Informed: 

The Center for Disease Control

Remote Online Notarization

 Electronic Notary Applications

Going Back to Work

The Governor issued a reminder that any employee can file a complaint through the Department of Labor and Industry or can contact OSHA if he or she feels that their workplace is unsafe.

Unemployment Claims Must Be Filed Weekly

If you have applied for unemployment insurance compensation, you must file a claim weekly with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to continue being paid.  
 
The VEC recommends filing claims on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of each week.
 
To complete and submit a weekly claim payment request, call 1-800-897-5630 or visit vec.virginia.gov

Executive Orders

For all of Governor Northam's Executive Orders, click here.