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COVID-19 Update #18
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As Virginians prepare to enter into Phase 1, I would like to remind the Ninety-Second District that if you feel sick, please stay home. However, if you are able to go out, please make sure to follow all guidelines given by the Governor. Until there is a cure for this terrible disease, we all need to continue practicing social distancing. 
Case Count in VA
The Virginia Department of Health website continues to update the status of cases in Virginia. 26,746 positive cases have been reported here in Virginia. 
 

Hiring Contact Tracers
The Virginia Department of Health will be hiring 1,300 individuals to conduct and oversee the contact tracing process. Interested applicants will find a listing of the number of open positions in the orange box on the left hand side of the page, and a link to the staffing agencies who will conduct the hiring process. You can find a link to that information here.
 

Phased Opening of DMV Centers
Governor Northam announced that on Monday, May 18, DMV will open 11 customer service centers in 7 of the 8 regions of Virginia, excluding the Northern VA region. These centers will only provide the services that can only be done in person, such as obtaining an original driver's license, original vehicle registration or title, disabled parking permits, and vital records.

Service will be provided on an appointment-only basis, and customers will wait in their cars to be served.


 
Northern Virginia Phase One Delay
Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-Two, allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease restrictions on certain business operations that were put in place in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The full text of EO 62 can be found here.
 
Phase 1 Business and Religious Services Guidelines
As a reminder, last Friday Governor Northam rolled out an overview of guidelines applicable to businesses and religious services when Virginia enters Phase 1 of the Virginia Forward Blueprint. For more information and detailed guidelines please visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia


Local Allocations for Federal CARES Coronavirus Relief Funds
Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne sent the attached memo to localities which lays out clear guidance on the process of accessing federal relief funds for localities. 


Health Equity Pilot Program
Governor Ralph Northam announced a pilot program with the City of Richmond to support the Commonwealth’s ongoing focus on health equity. The partnership aims to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment (PPE) in underserved communities that may be most adversely impacted by the virus. Virginia’s Health Equity Leadership Task Force is working to leverage data to prioritize areas experiencing disproportionate impacts and is partnering with the City of Richmond to establish policies and programs to address these critical issues.
 

Behavioral Health Resources for COVID 19
Community Services Boards (CSBs) across Virginia have transitioned some in-person strategies to work remotely. Many Virginians may be in need of additional mental health or behavioral health support and services. Linked here is a document that is updated periodically with activities and resources from local CSBs.

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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