My office and I are continuing to pray for all constituents during this challenging time. Please continue to practice social distancing and stay safe!
Cases in Virginia
The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. As of 10am today, 6,500 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia.
Childcare for Essential Workers
Today, Governor Northam and First Lady Pam Northam announced $70 million from the CARES Act that will go towards childcare for essential personnel. Background on this funding is attached to this email.
Extension of Non-Essential Business Closures
Today, Governor Northam announced that he is extending Executive Order 53 for an additional two weeks. For your reference, Executive Order 53 is attached to this email.
As a reminder, E.O. 53 ordered the closure of recreation and entertainment businesses, as well as personal care services. It also banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
Governor Northam announced a dramatic expansion of Virtual Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education’s existing online learning system, to allow every teacher in the Commonwealth to host virtual classes while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. These resources include a platform that enables all Virginia public school teachers to share lessons and activities with their students through June 30. The full press release on this announcement can be found here.
VA TV Classroom
Monday April 13, marked the launch of “VA TV Classroom” by four Virginia public media stations. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA, and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to create the programming to provide teacher-led, on-air instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards for students who are unable to access other distance learning options.
March Revenue Report
Governor Northam announced March revenue results and cautioned that future reports will reflect significant economic impacts due to COVID-19. March General Fund revenue collections are up 10.8% from the previous year and fiscal year-to-date collections are up 6.6%, revenues do not reflect anticipated reduction from business closures
Payroll withholding and individual income tax payments began to see a slowdown in the number of firms or individuals reporting late in the month. An unknown number of dealers took advantage of the sales tax due date extension from March 20 to April 20.
According to the VDH website: Virginia has a total of 44,169 individuals tested. 6,500 persons have tested positive for COVID-19. 1,048 of those individuals have been hospitalized. 195 of those individuals have lost their lives to this virus. Virginia has race/ethnicity information on 3,094 cases: 1,158 are African Americans. 59 of those who lost their lives are African Americans.
During this difficult time, we must not forget other necessary responsibilities we must complete as Americans. One very important duty, which only happens once every 10 years, is to fill out the Census. Not only is the information from the Census used for statistical reasons, it will be used for essential items such as allocation of federal funds, redistricting, and informing decisions on where to build and maintain important facilities such as schools and hospitals. Please visit the official Census website to fill it out today! You can also complete the Census by phone with the numbers listed in the image above.
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