Delaney Dispatch (Coronavirus Update - June 5, 2020)
Submitted by Tess Bettller on June 15, 2020
June 5, 2020
I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy throughout Phase One in Northern Virginia. I know our Commonwealth and our country is grappling with so much right now. From the pandemic to the protests across Virginia and America, we are all facing very difficult situations head-on and having conversations that are quite overdue.
I want to say a few words in particular regarding the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. It has been clear for some time that many of the institutions that we interact with daily have deeply ingrained racial inequities that must be addressed. Now is not the time for division and hatred. Now is the time for us to come together, regardless of our background, and recognize the pain and inequality these systems are perpetuating, and work on solutions. Only then can we achieve a society that truly provides liberty and justice for all. I can never fully comprehend the pain so many of my friends, neighbors, and constituents are experiencing. But what I can do is listen and stand with you as we strive for change.
We are also still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia. In this newsletter, I have provided some more information on Phase Two of reopening and some information regarding the Fairfax RISE loan program. As always, there are links and resources for people experiencing mental health crises or domestic violence. And, I have included some good news regarding HB 410, a bill I carried this session to help parents and children with dyslexia.
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, Governor Northam outlined more details on Phase Two of the Forward Virginia plan, otherwise known as our reopening plan. 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 note that Northern Virginia is still under Phase One of reopening to allow for more monitoring of health data. Our region is continuing to ramp up our contact tracing and testing efforts, which are key to understanding the breadth of spread of COVID-19 in the region.
Relief Fund for Fairfax County Small Businesses and Nonprofits:
This week, Fairfax County announced a new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits affected by coronavirus closures. 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.
Ceremonial Bill Signing for HB 410:
This afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining friends and advocates with Decoding Dyslexia Virginia for a virtual bill signing of HB 410. If you've read my newsletters during this past session, you may remember this bill, which would require local school boards to develop policies that inform parents whenever their kids undergo literacy screening or intervention. Early intervention with children with dyslexia is so critical to ensuring they have all the tools they need to succeed, and keeping their parents as involved with their learning as possible. I was so pleased to see the bill pass this session, and I look forward to continuing my work with Decoding Dyslexia in the future.
Speaking at the virtual signing of HB 410 Gov. Northam signing HB 410
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