As always, my office wants to make sure everyone living in the 92nd District is provided with updated information and resources about COVID-19. Once again, please continue to practice social distancing and stay safe during this challenging time.
Governor Northam signed Executive Order 57, implementing several new policies to bolster Virginia’s health care workforce to assist with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.
The order adds physician offices and other health care facilities to the section in Executive Order Fifty-Two allowing hospitals, nursing facilities, and dialysis facilities to have out-of-state licensees provide in-state care. It allows Virginia-licensed nurse practitioners with two or more years of clinical experience to practice without a collaborative agreement. It provides additional flexibility to hospitals in the supervision of interns, residents, and fellows, and allows hospitals to use fourth year medical students in the provision of care.
Executive Order Fifty-Seven also allows for expanded use of telehealth. Physicians with licenses from another state who have current Virginia patients may continue to treat their patients via telehealth, which will help ensure Virginians who live in border communities do not have to travel out-of-state for care.
In addition, Governor Northam also advised citizens to wear masks anytime they must leave their homes. This will help us decrease the spread of the virus, specifically protecting individuals who are asymptomatic carriers of the virus. This request has been made mandatory by essential businesses in bordering states such as Maryland, so stay informed on how this order evolves in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Jail Population
Governor Northam announced that Virginia's collaborative efforts to release low-level offenders from local and regional jails in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are working, and the administration’s guidelines have been effective in decreasing the jail population.
The Commonwealth has seen a 67% drop in new misdemeanor commitments and a 17% overall drop in population. A full release on this announcement can be found here.
The General Assembly members will reconvene on April 22. Following this meeting, there will be updates to come on the finalization of legislation that has been passed from the 2020 General Assembly Session! To track every bill and resolution introduced in 2020, you can find them here.
Reminder to Take Precautionary Measures
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid contact with sick people.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (i.e. YOUR CELLPHONE, Remote Controls, Keyboards, Counter tops, Refrigerator Handles, Doorknobs, etc.)
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