Delaney Dispatch (Coronavirus Update - June 12, 2020)
Submitted by Tess Bettler on June 15, 2020
June 12, 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful and healthy week as our region enters Phase 2 of the reopening plan. As we enter summer and our kids finish their school years virtually, I hope you and your families are able to enjoy the beautiful weather however possible. As we move further into the phases of reopening, please remember to keep adhering to CDC guidelines regarding hygiene, face coverings, and social distancing. I do have some information in this newsletter regarding the changes from Phase 1 to Phase 2, but the overarching message that we are safer at home has not changed. Our community has stepped up and come together in this time of crisis by staying at home, wearing masks, and keeping a safe social distance when in public spaces. We need to keep working together to ensure that the virus does not spread further.
In this newsletter, I've included information on Phase 2, which our region enters today, as well as information on our public schools and universities, and a new moratorium on evictions in the Commonwealth. And, as always, I have resources regarding food banks, domestic violence services, mental health help, and testing through INOVA hospitals.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to my office at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov. My staff and I are here to help connect you to the appropriate resources or state agency as we continue to navigate this pandemic.
Useful Links and Resources:
With the amount of news coming out at the federal, state, and local level, it is incredibly important that we stay up-to-date on the facts surrounding the situation. Here are some reliable sources to keep up with:
As you may have seen, Phase 2 begins in Northern Virginia today, June 12. Phase Two still includes the message that we are safer at home, but allows for restaurants and bars to allow indoor seating at 50% capacity and allows fitness centers to reopen, among other new guidelines. You can read more details on Phase Two here.
Please remember that if you do choose to go out to wear your face covering whenever possible. Although we are slowly and carefully reopening, the virus is still among us. It's up to all of us to protect each other from possible transmission.
See below for an overview of the differences between phase one and phase two:
Updates on K-12 Schools and Higher Education Institutions:
This week, the governor's office in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health released reopening plans for schools across the Commonwealth. K-12 schools will be required to deliver new instruction to students in the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of whether or not school buildings are open. Full details on what is included in each phase is available here. Here is an overview of what in-person instruction will be available in each phase:
Phase 1: Special education, with childcare for working families who need it.
Phase 2: Special education, preschool through third grade students, English learners, and summer camps in school buildings.
Phase 3: All students can receive in-person instruction, with social distancing measures in place.
Beyond Phase 3: school divisions will resume "new-normal" operations with forthcoming guidance.
We also received more information on new measures for colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. Our university system is one of the most diverse and exceptional in the country, which is why we are all eager to get our scholars back on campus as safely as possible. Under the new guidance document, universities and colleges will need to meet certain public health conditions to reopen their campuses. Institutions will also submit plans about the repopulation of their campus and how they will monitor and contain the virus should it re-emerge on their campus. These plans will be submitted to and reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and may be changed as the situation evolves.
Moratorium on Evictions in Virginia:
On Monday, the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court announced a temporary moratorium on all evictions through June 28. As you may remember, earlier in the COVID-19 crisis, the Supreme Court declared a judicial emergency, which closed many courts and halted evictions, and this order does extend those protections for renters in the Commonwealth. The governor is expected to announce further relief for renters in the coming weeks, and I will keep you informed as those plans are announced.
If you or someone you know is facing housing insecurity and needs more information on their rights and resources available to them, visit StayHomeVirginia.com.
Reminders about Fairfax RISE:
This is another reminder about Fairfax RISE, as applications will close on June 15. Fairfax RISE (Relief Initiative to Support Employers) is funded through an allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Funds that were created in the federal CARES Act. At least 30% of those grants will be allocated to women-owned, minority-owned, and/or veteran-owned businesses.
Applications for this program will be opened from June 8-15. This website details the eligibility requirements and the required documentation you will need to fill out an application. There is also a webinar scheduled to learn more on June 9. Details about that and how to register are on the Fairfax RISE page.
Important and Updated Information from Inova Health:
Is COVID-19 testing available through Inova?
Yes, testing is available across Inova Health System based on clinical criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.
Inova has established Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. These clinics will also be able to collect samples via physician ordered and coordinated vehicle-side appointments for COVID-19 testing.
Before visiting any Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, take the following steps:
1.Contact your regular physician for evaluation. For assistance with recommendations, to arrange for a physician appointment, or if you do not have a primary care physician, call 1-855-IMG-DOCS.
2.Your regular physician should evaluate your symptoms to determine if testing is needed based on COVID-19 testing criteria, provide a testing order, and coordinate your referral to the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic for evaluation.
3.Upon arrival at the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinic, a clinician will greet the patient at their vehicle to collect samples for a physician-ordered test, or escort the patient into the respiratory clinic for evaluation.
4.For patients who undergo COVID-19 testing, an Inova nurse will contact those whose results are negative. For patients with positive results, an Inova nurse will coordinate with the patient’s regular physician for notification and further instructions. Patients who are tested can expect results in roughly 4-7 days.
5.More information can be found following this link. Addresses and contact information for the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics are as follows:
Inova Urgent Care – Tysons (8AM-8PM, 7 days a week)
8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Inova Urgent Care – Dulles South (8AM-8PM, Monday-Friday)
24801 Pinebrook Rd. #110
Chantilly, VA 20152
Inova Urgent Care – N. Arlington (8AM-8PM, Monday-Friday)
4600 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22207
Inova Primary Care – Old Town Alexandria (By Appointment Only, 1:00-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday)
325 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
How can the public help Inova during this time?
Community Donations: Individuals and businesses across our region have been extremely generous in offers for support, small and large. Inova has established a centralized online resource for opportunities for community support at www.inova.org/icanhelp.
Blood Donation: Additionally, Inova Blood Donor Services has experienced great community support, however the need for blood is continual and the supply changes daily depending on collections and patient needs. Donated blood has a shelf life of 42 days and donated platelets have a shelf life of 5 days.
Inova Blood Donor Services needs donors to sign up now for an appointment to donate blood during the next six weeks at a Donor Center location. Inova Blood Donor Services has implemented extra precautions to protect donors - it is safe to give blood, and your donation will save a life. Make an appointment at www.inovablood.org or 800-BLOOD-SAVES.
Blood plasma research from those who have recovered from COVID-19: Finally, Inova Health System is looking for individuals recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma (colorless fluid part of blood) for a research study. Your donated plasma contains immunoglobulins (immune protection) and this study will use your plasma to help patients currently sick with COVID-19 disease. More information can be found on the COVID-19 Research page.
Mental Health and Domestic Violence 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