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COVID-19 Update #19
Top News
 
As Memorial Day approaches, please make sure to continue practicing social distancing and stay home if you feel ill! 

Beginning today, restaurants with outdoor seating are allowed to seat customers there, at least at half capacity. However, those outdoor seating areas in Hampton are pretty limited.

To allow more people to dine outdoors with social distancing, City Manager Mary Bunting announced on Facebook Live Thursday evening that the city is moving forward with plans to one block each of Queens Way and Mellen Street (see map) to allow restaurants to secure temporary outdoor dining permits there, beginning Monday

Case Count in VA
The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. 31,140 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia.
 

Community Testing Events
The Northam Administration has worked with VDH to expand the efforts of the local health departments to increase the capacity of community testing events. The Commonwealth has contracted with private labs to organize drive-thru and walk-up testing all across Virginia that will reach our most vulnerable populations.


These efforts have increased the capacity for community testing across the Commonwealth and will continue to do so. Just this week, there will be over 25 drive-thru and walk-up testing events coordinated by the Virginia Department of Health with a capacity of nearly 14,000 tests.


 
Education Work Group
Governor Northam announced a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Education Work Group to help chart a path forward for determining how schools can safely reopen later this year.

The group is composed of representatives from Virginia’s public and private early childhood, K-12, and higher education systems, and includes teachers, superintendents, parents, college presidents, state agency personnel, special education advocates, museum directors, and student perspectives. This wide variety of education stakeholders represent the whole of Virginia’s education system and come from every region of the Commonwealth.


The full list of Education Work Group members can be 
found here.

 

Summer Day Camps
Summer Day Camps follow the same guidance as child day care providers, meaning they follow the guidance listed below:

DSS Guidance for Child Care
DSS Phase 1 Guidance for Child Care
VDH Guidance for Childcare

Overnight summer camps will have a separate set of guidelines, which is still forthcoming.

 

Housing/Evictions Protections
Governor Northam announced that his administration has launched a website in partnership with VHDA and the Department of Housing and Community Development called “StayHomeVirginia” at www.stayhomevirginia.com. The website has tools, information, and resources for renters, homeowners, landlords, and those experiencing homelessness. It also provides a summary of both the federal and state protections that are in place.


Testing Data
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) released testing data broken out by PCR (diagnostic) and antibody (serology) tests. Antibody tests make up less than nine percent of overall tests. When these tests are removed from total results, there is minimal change in the percent positive of tests and no difference in overall trends. You can find that information here
 


Testing in Federal Detention Centers
Governor Northam sent a letter to the Virginia Congressional Delegation, urging the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in the Farmville Detention Center and Caroline County Detention Center. A link to that letter can be found here.
 


April 2020 Revenue Report
Governor Northam announced that April 2020 revenue collections fell 26.2%, primarily due to the extension of individual and corporate income tax deadlines until June 1 to provide relief to Virginians amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

A press release on the April 2020 Revenue Report can be 
found here, and the full report can be found here.

Additional Information
  Where is my stimulus check?

If you haven't received your stimulus check yet please make sure to visit 
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment in order to check the status of your stimulus payment. Once there's a scheduled deposit date, it will be included on the site. 
 
 

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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