First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and that you and your family are healthy. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Commonwealth and Christmas just a few days away, I hope everyone is able to celebrate safely with your loved ones.
In this newsletter, I have provided some information on COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, the COVID vaccine, a link to my pre-session survey, and an update on the Loudoun Delegation Public Hearing. The Fairfax County Delegation is also planning a public hearing, and I will let you know when I have details on that virtual event.
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. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
In light of increasing cases in the Commonwealth, Gov. Northam announced new COVID-19 mitigation measures that took effect on December 14 and will help ensure that our hospitals do not become overwhelmed. The measures that are currently in place include:
A modified stay at home order requiring Virginians to stay at home between 12am and 5am unless going to work, accessing healthcare, or getting essential supplies.
A universal mask requirement for Virginians aged 5 and older when indoors or when outdoors and within 6 feet of others.
A reduction in social gatherings from 25 people down to 10 people.
As you may have heard, the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine have made it to Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health has set up a webpage that includes frequently asked questions, information on the different phases of vaccine distribution, and other helpful resources.
2021 Session Updates:
The 2021 virtual legislative session will begin on January 13! I have already heard from many constituents on the issues and bills that matter the most to them, and I invite you to fill out my pre-session survey to share your thoughts with me ahead of session.
There are a few important links to share with you ahead of the 2021 virtual session. All House committee meetings and floor sessions can be streamed and accessed here. All Senate proceedings can be viewed here.
Additionally, Gov. Northam announced his amendments for the state budget for the General Assembly to consider in the 2021 session. Some of the highlights include funding for more school counselors and equitable vaccine distribution, more money for the Rent and Mortgage Relief Program, and investments in additional workforce development. You can read more about the Governor's proposed amendments here.