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There has been a major announcement from Governor Northam today. He issued a Stay at Home order. The details of the order are below. We all recognize that this is a difficult situation, but let’s work together to end this deadly COVID-19.



Stay at Home Order

Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. A press release on that order can be found here.


Cases in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health website
continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. As of 9am today, 1,020 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia.


USDA Commodity Food Program

VDACS has received a USDA waiver to allow for seniors over 60 participating in the USDA Commodity Food Program to receive their monthly food and to minimize physical contact during the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants are no longer required to sign for the food they receive. Additionally, participants are able to receive 2 boxes every other month rather than one box monthly. This will minimize the number of distributions without limiting the amount of food.

For seniors who may have limited access to internet-based information, they can call 211 to talk with an operator who can share nutrition and food assistance information based on their address or visit 211virginia.org.

 


Food Insecurity

Individuals in the Commonwealth who are experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to visit https://vafoodbanks.org/
to locate a food bank nearest to them.



Domestic Violence Hotline

A reminder that the Department of Social Services is maintaining its Domestic Violence Hotline. Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to report their case to the hotline: 1-800-838-8238



U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has suspended its 2020 Census field operations for an additional two weeks to April 15, 2020. Further information on the 2020 Census can be found here.




I am on a call with the Governor’s administration on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have a question you’d like me to ask, please let me know via email: deljward@house.virginia.gov
 

                                                     Helpful links

Governor's Office Updates:
https://www.governor.virginia.gov/

Commonwealth of Virginia:
https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

Virginia Department of Health:
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/


 

How to reach me during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Email Address:
deljward@house.virginia.gov

 

 As always, it is a pleasure to serve you. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
Delegate Jeion A. Ward
Virginia House of Delegates
Ninety-Second House District





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