Delaney Dispatch (Coronavirus Update - May 29, 2020)
Submitted by Tess Bettler on June 15, 2020
May 29, 2020
I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe as our region begins its first phase of reopening. I have several updates to share with you this week, but first, I would like to emphasize that although Northern Virginia is beginning its reopening process, those who are most at risk are still safer at home. This virus is still not gone, and everyone must do their part and remain vigilant to keep themselves and their neighbors as safe as possible.
This week, I have some updates and reminders about what Phase 1 of reopening looks like, more information on face masks, and some news from the DMV regarding reopenings of offices in Northern Virginia. And, I have some reminders about the Fairfax RISE program (applications open soon), and resources for mental health and domestic abuse emergencies. I cannot stress enough that as we continue on our road to recovery, it is so important to take care of your own mental health, and be aware that their are resources for those experiencing dangerous situations.
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 of today, May 29, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, along with other counties and localities across the state have entered Phase One of the Forward Virginia plan, otherwise known as the reopening plan. More information on the various loosening of restrictions in phase one can be found here.
Once again, please note that while certain restrictions on personal care businesses, restuarants and bars, and other retail businesses are being loosened, we are all still safer at home, particularly the elderly or people with suppressed immune systems or respiratory conditions. Please use caution and wear a face covering as you begin to patronize local businesses who are reopening their doors.
Updates on Face Mask Requirements:
On Monday, Governor Northam announced the signing of Executive Order 63, which requires most individuals to wear face coverings while inside buildings. There are exceptions, including:
While eating or drinking
If you have trouble breathing or cannot put on/remove the mask by yourself
If you have a health condition that prohibits you wearing a face covering
This Executive Order is in line with CDC recommendations that individuals should wear face coverings while in public. Wearing a mask or other covering will help stop the spread of germs from yourself to other people, and should be done in concert with other recommendations, such as maintaining adequate social distance and frequent handwashing and sanitation.
Pop-up Testing in Loudoun County:
The Loudoun County Health Department will be hosting another pop-up testing opportunity at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg on Monday, June 1. All tests will be drive-through only, and you do not need a prescription or doctor's order in order to receive a test. Please see the graphic below for full details.
Updates from the DMV:
The validity of driver’s licenses and identification cards expiring on or before July 31, 2020 is now extended 90 days, not to exceed August 31, 2020. A customer whose credential expires between March 15 and May 31 has 90 days beyond the expiration date to renew. Credentials expiring from June 1 to July 31 must be renewed no later than August 31, 2020. Vehicle registrations that expire in March, April, and May are also extended for 90 days, while those expiring in June are extended for 60 days, and those expiring in July are extended for 30 days.
On Monday, June 1, some DMV customer service centers will reopen. These include the CSCs in Arlington, Franconia, Leesburg, Prince William/Manassas, and Tysons Corner. Please note that CSCs are only accepting customers by appointment only. You can make your appointment here.
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 in early June. This website details the eligibility requirements and the required documentation you will need to fill out an application.
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