I hope you and your families are staying safe and well. Today, I have an update on the ongoing pandemic in Virginia, as well as information on our hospitals, Metro bus services, and a new grant program for businesses and non-profits in the Commonwealth.
As we are starting to see more cases in parts of Virginia, it is so critical that we remain vigilant in Northern Virginia. COVID-19 is still very much in our midst, and we need to continue to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when going out in public spaces.
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.
On Tuesday, the Governor held a press conference to discuss the state of COVID-19 in Virginia. Currently, we are still seeing an alarming increase in percent positivity in the Tidewater region. In response, the governor has signed Executive Order 68, which prohibits alcohol sales on premises after 10pm, and requires restaurants and other dining or alcohol dispensing establishments to close by midnight. The order also requires that all public or private in-person gatherings be limited to 50 people, instead of the 250 person maximum laid out in Phase 3 of the reopening plan.
This order only applies to the Eastern region of the Commonwealth. Northern Virginia's health data remains relatively stable, but it is so important that we keep wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible to avoid a surge in cases. Please continue to take good care of yourself and others as we continue through Phase 3 here in our community.
Metro Bus Updates:
Starting on August 23, Metro will start restoring approximately 75 percent of Metrobus services throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and demand for Metro services rises. These changes add enhanced weekday service, restore most weekend service, and maintain all-day frequent service on key corridors. You can read more about this announcement here.
This week, the Governor announced a new small business grant program called Rebuild VA for small businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19. This program, which will provide $70 million in assistance to eligible businesses, will open its applications on August 10th. You can read more about Rebuild VA and register for an informational webinar at this link.
Important Information from INOVA:
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, including what to do if you feel sick, how to be tested if appropriate, visitor information, and other information to plan for your care can be found at inova.org/covid19.
It is safe to visit an Inova hospital, emergency room, or other care site. For more information on what Inova is doing to ensure the safety of our care sites, visit the Safe@Inova website.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, visit the ER or call 911 immediately. Delaying treatment can be a dangerous decision, especially when it comes to signs of a heart attack or stroke.
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. Before visiting any Inova care site for testing, 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.
Inova has established Respiratory Illness Clinics to evaluate all patients with respiratory illness symptoms. These clinics are also able to collect samples via physician ordered and coordinated vehicle-side appointments for COVID-19 testing. All Inova Hospital and HealthPlex emergency rooms are a resource for those individuals who are experiencing clinical symptoms of COVID-19 that include cough, fever and shortness of breath.
COVID-19 Services for Medicaid/Uninsured Patients – InovaCares Clinics for Families
All members of Northern Virginia’s culturally diverse communities are welcome at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families (ICCF). ICCF provides primary care services for patients who qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS or Inova’s Financial Assistance Program, and the uninsured. Inova assists patients who qualify for Medicaid with the enrollment application process. Financial assistance/charity care options will be explored for patients who do not qualify for Medicaid
Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. It is safe to donate - we are taking extra precautions at all times to maintain a clean and safe environment for our donors. Your donation will save a life – for more information on how to make an appointment, visit http://www.inovablood.org.
If you had a positive COVID-19 test and you have been symptom-free for 14 days, you may be able to be a convalescent plasma donor. Your plasma should be rich in immunoglobulins that may be helpful to patients who are actively fighting a COVID-19 infection. To learn more about convalescent Plasma, visit www.inovablood.org/covid19plasma.
Every year, the Foundation for FCPS launches their "Collect for Kids" campaign to collect supplies and resources for kids in need in our community. This year, due to COVID-19, all collections will have to be virtual. As kids and their parents prepare for the next virtual or hybrid school year, there are still so many families who are struggling to provide their kids with the basic necessities for the classroom.