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COVID-19 Update #14
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Happy May. As we begin a new month, perhaps you will be able to take advantage of some of the nice weather. Maybe, you will be able to take a walk through your neighborhood while practicing proper social distancing. As this week ends, I want to continue providing you with the most current information in Virginia’s response to COVID-19.
Cases in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. 16,901 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia. 

You will now find a more detailed picture of the status of cases in Virginia at the VDH Coronavirus website, along with information for individuals on COVID-19.

 
Testing Capacity
As you may have seen, the Commonwealth has increased its testing capacity substantially over the course of this past week. This has been achieved by issuing more broad-based guidance to providers to test more of their patients, in accordance with our increasing capacity to test. The Commonwealth will continue to increase its capacity for testing as we move towards Phase 1 of reopening.

 
PPE Sanitation
Governor Northam announced the deployment of three PPE sanitation devices, called Battelle units. These units will be able to sanitize up to 80,000 masks per day using hydrogen peroxide vapor. Decontaminated PPE can be reused 20 times without degrading performance.
 
COVID-19 Resources
Virginia's Dept of Social Services, in collaboration with the Joint Information Center, has established a website to help individuals and businesses find resources to help cope with the impacts from COVID-19: 

https://covid19.virginia.gov/

For individuals, this website can help answer questions relating to:
 
  • Food assistance
  • Child care
  • Joblessness
  • Health insurance
  • Bill payment
  • Stress management
  • Personal health and safety

For businesses, this website can help answer questions relating to:
  • Small business loans
  • Tax payments
  • Employee obligations
  • Sanitation and cleaning recommendations
  • Elder care facilities
  • Child care facilities

 

Additional Information

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.)


If you have any questions, please make sure to email me at 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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