Delaney Dispatch (Coronavirus Update - June 26, 2020)
Submitted by Tess Bettler on August 21, 2020
June 26, 2020
I hope you and your family are doing well as our region continues Phase 2 of the Commonwealth's reopening plan. As you begin to patronize our local businesses, salons, and restaurants again, please remember to do your part to keep everyone safe. Please wear a face covering whenever possible, maintain an adequate distance from others, and keep up your hand washing. These are all simple things we have been doing for the past few months, and they will serve us well as we reopen.
In this newsletter, I've included information on what Phase 3 will look like, as well as updates from CVS, who are now offering COVID-19 testing throughout our region. There are also important updates from the DMV and Metro included below, so make sure to read over those. I hope these resources are useful to you and your family.
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:
On Tuesday, the governor announced that the entire Commonwealth of Virginia should enter Phase 3 of our reopening plan on July 1. He also went over some details about Phase 3 that were introduced last week.
Here is a basic overview:
The message that we are all safer at home is still the same, particularly if you are part of a population who is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Social gatherings will be limited to 250 people.
Social distancing guidelines are still in place.
Telework is still encouraged.
Face coverings and masks are still required indoors.
Business operations will be expanded for many sectors.
Please see below for a helpful graphic that describes the differences between Phase 2 and Phase 3:
If you would like to read the full breakdown of the new guidelines under Phase 3, click here.
CVS Testing Locations:
Helping our community stay safe and contain the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority as your Delegate. I’m pleased to tell you that CVS Health has opened several Drive-thru test sites in and around the 67th district at select CVS Pharmacy locations.
Increasing the availability of testing is a critical step in our ability to manage the disease and mitigate risk so that we can begin to implement plans to safely reopen the economy.
CVS Health is offering self-swab tests to individuals at test sites throughout Virginia. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.
I encourage you and your families to take advantage of these expanded testing opportunities, particularly if you are in a high-risk demographic or are experiencing symptoms.
Yesterday, the Governor announced an amendment to Executive Directive 7 to further extend the validity of DMV credentials such as licenses and registrations. Under this extension, credentials that were due to expire on or before July 31 are extended a further 90 days, not to exceed October 31, 2020.
Essentially, if any of your credentials expired between March 15 and April 30, you have an additional 180 days to renew your credentials. If they were set to expire between May 1 and July 31, you will have an added 180 days to renew, until October 31.
Please remember that while DMV offices are starting to reopen across the region, you do need to make an appointment online to receive DMV services. If you are having trouble with the online portal, or need help with the DMV in general, please reach out to my office at DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov. We are happy to help you navigate the process!
Metro announced this week that several stations on the Silver and Orange lines will be reopened on August 16th. These stations include all the "west of Ballston" stations on the Silver line (McLean, Tyson's Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill, and Wiehle-Reston East) and West Falls Church on the Orange line. If all continues to go according to plan, then the remainder of the Orange line stops (Vienna, Dunn Loring, and East Falls Church) will reopen around Labor Day.
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