Delaney Dispatch (Coronavirus Update - March 30, 2020)
Submitted by Tess Bettler on April 06, 2020
March 30, 2020
As you may have heard, today Gov. Northam issued a stay-at-home order for all Virginians, which will be effective until June 10th. Residents must stay in their homes except to engage in essential activities, such as seeking medical care or buying necessary food and supplies. This situation is incredibly serious, and it is in the best interest of everyones' health and safety to remain at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary.
I understand the number of questions there are surrounding this order and the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19, and I am here to answer your questions and refer you and your neighbors to the appropriate state or federal office who can help. If you need to contact us, please email DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov.
Here are some major updates from today's press conference and from local governments:
Today, Gov. Northam issued Executive Order 55, a stay-at-home order to all Virginians.
Under this order, all residents must stay at home except to conduct necessary business, such as seeking medical care, work travel, or buying necessary supplies.
You can read the full executive order here. The state's coronavirus webpage is a great resource for information on the effects of this pandemic on various communities and segments of our economy.
Fairfax County Public Schools released their distance learning plan to ensure that our students have continuity in education.
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 mentioned above, Fairfax County Public Schools have released their distance learning plan for students in their jurisdiction. Loudoun County Public Schools began distributing chromebooks to students who do not have access to technology, in order to ensure that every LCPS student is able to engage in distance learning. LCPS has also created a website of resources for parents dedicated to continuity of education during this time.
For many, school closures means their children are not able to access many meals. Thankfully, FCPS and LCPS are using their bus fleets to give out free lunches to children on free and reduced-cost lunch. Starting tomorrow, March 18, FCPS is expanding their pick-up points, and you can find up-to-date info on where those are below.
In this time of crisis, it is important that we step up and help our neighbors in need. Currently, there are countless families in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties who are experiencing food insecurity. Below is a list of non-profits collecting donations from the community to help families in need.
Due to cancelled blood drives, the American Red Cross is seeing an extreme shortage in blood donations. There is no evidence that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be transmitted through blood. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. To make your appointment, click here.
Beginning March 30, Inova Blood Donor Services will only collect donations from donors at our Donor Center locations for at least the next two weeks. All blood drives are cancelled until further notice. To facilitate social distancing, they are expanded operating hours for CentreMed Donor Center, Dulles Donor Center and Woodburn Donor Center beginning March 29 until at least April 4. Please see this link for the most up-to-date hours.
Important Information from Inova Health:
All Inova hospitals and care sites are open and serving patients. The most up to date information on Inova’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at www.inova.org/covid19. Inova’s team of clinical experts is up-to-date on developments and CDC guidelines, and has developed a comprehensive response plan to maintain the safety and well-being of our community.
What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Seek advice from your regular healthcare provider to determine if a medical evaluation is needed;
If you feel it is an emergency and you cannot wait, contact a local urgent care center or emergency room. Ask for instructions regarding accessing the facility;
Practice “social distancing” by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible;
If you are experiencing a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection, such as cough or difficulty breathing, or had exposure to a COVID-19 patient and traveled to a high-risk area classified by the CDC, please contact Inova at 855-IMG-DOCS so we can assist you with recommendations and arrange a clinic appointment if indicated. Please do not show up at an Inova site for COVID-19 screening without calling ahead. After clinic hours, please call ahead to one of Inova’s nine urgent care centers before visiting.
Is COVID-19 testing available through Inova?
Yes, testing is available across the Inova Health System based on clinical criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.
Starting Wednesday, March 25, Inova Urgent Care (UCC) locations at Dulles South, North Arlington and Tysons will staff Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. Our three clinics will also be able to collect via physician ordered vehicle-side appointments samples 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 can evaluate your symptoms to determine if testing is indicated based on COVID-19 testing criteria and provide a testing order, or refer you 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, a UCC nurse will contact those whose results are negative. For patients with positive results, a UCC 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.
Addresses and contact information for the Inova Respiratory Illness Clinics are as follows:
Inova Urgent Care – Dulles South
24801 Pinebrook Rd. #110
Chantilly, VA 20152
Inova Urgent Care – N. Arlington
4600 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22207
Inova Urgent Care – Tysons
8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Inova Urgent Care Center at North Arlington and Tysons will operate exclusively as respiratory illness clinics. All our other urgent care centers, including Inova Urgent Care – Dulles South, remain open to see all patients from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. They can be found at www.inova.org/urgentcare.
How can the public help Inova during this time?
Inova is currently experiencing a shortage of blood supply and inventory is expected to continue to drop with the shortage of donors due to COVID-19. 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.
Additionally, 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 linked here.
Inova Health System has suspended all in-person visitation and is encouraging video meetings between patients and loved ones. Understanding that a family member, caregiver or visitor may be crucial for clinical and patient care, exceptions to Inova’s Visitation Guidance can be made in extenuating circumstances.
With the philosophy of trying to limit risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 and to help our clinicians with greater flexibility to safely treat our patients, Inova has adopted a system-wide initiative that will allow patients to receive a wider range of healthcare services without having to travel to an Inova healthcare facility.
Inova is currently offering the option for appointments to be conducted via telemedicine (video or phone), with flexibility to meet in person if a clinician determines necessary.
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
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
As always, I am here to help you and hear your concerns, comments or questions. Do not hesitate to contact me at 703-996-9415 or DelkDelaney@house.virginia.gov. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve as your House Delegate.