COVID-19 in Virginia

This page was last updated on March 25 at 5pm. If you need immediate assistance or have questions on any content from this page, please contact us directly at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.

As you know, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a pandemic and families across Virginia are grappling with the effects it is having on their communities. This page is meant to provide updates and connect you with possible resources to use in this difficult time. I hope that they are helpful to you and your neighbors, and if you know of any further information that should be added to this page, please email my office at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov. I know that times are uncertain, but I also know that the fabric of our Commonwealth is strong, and that we will come out of this stronger than ever before.

I stay in communication with my constituents on Facebook, Twitter, and via my e-newsletter. Below is a conglomeration of news and resources at the federal, state, and local level that may be of use to you.

Everyday measures we can take to stay safe and help our neighbors:

Personal Hygiene and Safety Measures:

  • If you are part of a high-risk population (immuno-compromised or elderly), the federal government is now strongly urging you to self-isolate.

  • Do not congregate in groups of ten or more. Gatherings of this size are now banned in Virginia.

  • Stay home when you're sick. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid non-essential travel.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.

  • Use elbow or back of your hand to touch elevator buttons.

  • After washing, use a paper towel to open bathroom doors and turn off sinks after washing.

Giving Blood:

  • At this time, blood supplies in Virginia are critically low. If you are healthy, I encourage you to consider giving blood. You can make an appointment and read more about safety precautions related to blood donation here.
  • INOVA Blood Services has several blood drives open across Northern Virginia. You can find the closest one to you here.

Helping our Neighbors:

  1. First, in all interactions, follow proper social distancing protocols.
  2. Find out (and document) if anyone has specialized equipment or expertise that might help.
  3. Decide who will check/call elderly or disabled neighbors and their needs.
  4. Emergency response is one of the most important responsibilities of local government, but government alone can’t prepare/respond. Families, neighborhoods, businesses, houses of worship and many others in our large, diverse community should prepare, too.
  5. Our Community Emergency Response Guide features quick documents to help you and your neighbors prepare. Click on the links below to download a printable copy in multiple languages:
  6. Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence
  7. Fairfax County's Meals on Wheels program is now delivering flash-frozen meals once a week. Please call 703-222-0880 to apply.
  8. Ways to volunteer in and around Fairfax County during COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. How to support our local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Health Resources:

Mental Health Resources:

At this trying time, it is important that we continue to care for our mental health. Here are some resources if you are struggling and need help:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board hotline: 703-527-4077
  • Loudoun County Mental Health Emergency Services...703.777.0320

  • Loudoun Suicide Prevention...703.777.0176

  • PRS CrisisLink: 703-527-4077 or text “Connect” to 85511

  • SAMHSA National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

  • Children's Regional Crisis Response: 844-NCrisis (844-627-4747) in English and Spanish

  • Hopeline: Chat at http://www.hopeline.com or call 800-784-2433

Domestic Violence Resources: 

If you or someone you know is struggling in a domestic violence situation, here are some helpful resources that can help:

  • Fairfax County Hotline: 703-360-7273
  • Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter hotline: 703-777-6552
  • National Domestic Violence hotline: 800-779-SAFE (7233)
  • Domestic Violence Action Center hotline: 703-246-4573
  • The Artemis Center is accepting new residents. Call: 703-435-4960

State Government Actions and Announcements:

Local Government Actions and Announcements:

Fairfax County:

Loudoun County:

  • For updates from the Loudoun County Government, you can text LCCOVID to 888777.
  • On March 19, Chair Phyllis Randall updated the community in a video message.
  • You can also contact their hotline at 703-737-8300 and get up-to-date info on their website.
  • On March 16, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency in order to access emergency funds.
  • Loudoun County has a detailed Pandemic Response Plan readily available for residents' review.

Schools:

Fairfax County:

  • As of March 23, all schools in Virginia are closed for the rest of the academic year. You can read the superintendent's message to parents here.
  • As of March 15, all schools in FCPS are closed until further notice.
  • The laptop distribution originally scheduled for March 16 has been postponed.
  • FCPS is providing meals to students in need. You can find pick-up sites here.
  • You can keep up-to-date on all new announcements here.

Loudoun County:

  • You can read the LCPS superintendent's message to parents and students following the announcement of school closures for the remainder of the academic year here.
  • As of March 12, LCPS schools are closed until at least April 10. That day may be postponed.
  • LCPS is providing meals to students in need. You can find pick-up sites here.
  • You can keep up-to-date with all announcements from LCPS here.

Courts/Judicial Concerns:

Utilities:

Transportation:

Healthcare:

Medicaid Recipients:

  • On March 19, Gov. Northam announced several new measures to expand access to healthcare for Medicaid recipients. This includes: waiving co-pays for all medical care, ensuring Medicaid recipients don't lose coverage due lapses in paperwork or change in circumstances, permitting members to obtain a 90-day supply of prescriptions, waiving pre-approval requirements for many essential medical services, and expanding access to telehealth services.
  • To check your eligibility and apply for Medicaid, visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) website.

Hospitals:

  • On March 21, Gov. Northam signed Executive Order 52, which allows hospitals to increase bed capacity above their originally licensed amounts.
  • The INOVA Health System has a website dedicated to questions residents may have about COVID-19 and impacts on regular medical services.
  • The Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services has released new protocols on elective surgeries during the pandemic.

Workers and Employers:

Workers:

  • On March 17, the Virginia Employment Commission announced that they would be waiving the traditional 7 day waiting period to ensure workers can receive unemployment insurance payments in a timely manner. Eligibility criteria for unemployment have also been expanded. An FAQ and additional information are available.

Businesses:

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
  • The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
  • On March 19, Gov. Northam announced that the application submitted for an Economic Injury Disaster loan had been approved by the federal government. Apply for a loan here.
  • On March 18, Gov. Northam applied for an Economic Injury Disaster loan program grant, which is administrated by the Small Business Administration. Once approved, small businesses across Virginia will be able to apply for assistance. More updates to come here.
  • On March 17, Gov. Northam announced the deployment of regional workforce teams to support employers who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Virginia is also tapping into funding available via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to help employers who are eligible to remain open during this time.

Government Contractors:

  • Senators Warner and Kaine wrote a letter on March 13 to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to provide guidance to federal workers and contractors, but they have not received a response. The OPM guidelines for COVID-19 can be found here.