Updates on COVID-19 for Virginia

July 2020

7/7/2020 — Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Announces Additional DMV Customer Service Centers to Reopen across the Commonwealth, 38 Offices Reopened for Specific Services by Appointment Only. Read the announcement.

7/7/2020 — Virginia Department of Health Urges Virginians to Engage with Legitimate Contact Tracers, Avoid Scams. Read the release.

June 2020

6/30/2020 — Governor Northam Prohibits Congregating in Bars, Stresses Caution As Virginia Moves to Phase Three. Read the release.

6/30/2020 — Validity of Virginia DMV-issued Credentials Extended Additional 90 Days. View or download the announcement.

6/23/2020 — HCA Virginia Health System Establishes Hotline to Help Recently Unemployed Get Health Insurance Coverage. Read the release.

6/23/2020 — State Corporation Commission Cautions Virginians to Understand Private Offering Risks. Read the release.

6/16/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Data Sharing Platform to Help Combat COVID-19. Opioid data-sharing platform leveraged to provide statewide visibility on virus outbreaks and availability of critical resources. Read the release.

6/16/2020 — Governor Northam Announces New Tools for Virginia Workers and Job Seekers. Read the release.

6/16/2020 — SCC Extends Ban on Utility Service Cut-offs to August 31. Read the release.

6/9/2020 — Governor Northam Outlines Conditions for Schools to Open in the Fall. View or download the comprehensive guidance here.

6/9/2020 — Virginia Announces Temporary Moratorium on Evictions. Read the release.

6/2/2020 — Validity of Virginia DMV-issued Credentials Extended. Read the release.

6/2/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Phase Two Guidelines to Further Ease Public Health Restrictions. Phase Two expected to begin Friday June 5, Northern Virginia and Richmond to remain in Phase One. Read the release.

May 2020

5/26/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations. Face coverings required in public settings starting Friday, May 29. Read the Executive Order.

5/26/2020 — The Virginia Department of Health has launched a new site, COVIDCheck where you can check your symptoms, find a testing location, or get answers about your COVID-19 questions.

5/19/2020 — Governor Northam Postpones June 9, 2020 Primary Election to June 23, 2020 Due to COVID-19. Read the release.

5/19/2020 — COVID-19 Update from the Virginia Association of Health Plans.

5/19/2020 — Stay.Home.Virginia. Provides Housing Resources. Visit the website if you’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19 to explore these resources.

5/12/2020 — Governor Northam Delays Phase One for Northern Virginia Localities. Read the release.

5/12/2020 — Virginia Department of Health provides a more interactive & personalized experience to find COVID-19 information. Visit the website.

5/5/2020 —  Virginia Department of Social Services announced federal approval for Virginia to provide Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to families of school-age children who no longer have access to free or reduced-price school meals due to public school closures. Details are at https://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/pa/news_releases/2020/Final_Press_Release_-_SNAP_Emergency_Allotment_docx.pdf

APRIL 2020

4/30/2020 — Governor Northam announces that scheduled medical procedures, which have been postponed for more than one month due to COVID-19 concerns, will be allowed to resume as of May 1. Read answers to frequently asked questions.

4/30/2020 — Governor Northam Acts to Ensure Liability Protections for Healthcare Workers. Read the release.

4/29/2020 — The Virginia Department of Health has a new web page to help answer commonly-asked questions about the Coronavirus. Visit the web page.

4/29/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers. Read the release.

4/28/2020 — Governor Northam Extends Ban on Elective Surgeries, Closure of DMV Offices. Read the release.

4/24/2020 — Governor Northam Postpones Upcoming May Elections in Response to COVID-19. Virginians encouraged to vote absentee by mail. Read the release.

4/21/2020 — Governor Northam Extends Business Closures for Two Weeks to May 8. Read the release.

4/16/2020 — Guidelines issued for self-employed, gig workers, 1099 filers, and other workers not covered under the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act. Read or download guidelines.

4/14/2020 — Updates and information from the Virginia Department of Education. Read here.

4/13/2020 — Virginia Association of Health Plans (VAHP) releases information about Health Insurance Coverage in the COVID-19 Crisis

4/11/2020 — SCC Extends Ban on Utility Service Disconnects Until June 14. Read the press release.

4/8/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Plans to Postpone Upcoming Virginia Elections in Response to COVID-19. Read more.

4/7/2020 — Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is allowing an additional 60 days for drivers to renew vehicle registrations expiring in March and April.

4/6/2020 — COVID-19 cases in Virginia by the numbers.

4/2/2020 — Families and parents in Virginia can now visit the school meal finder website to find locations near them where local school divisions are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch, for pick-up while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19

MARCH 2020

3/30/2020 — The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) has a webpage with information and resources for those who need civil legal assistance. https://vplc.org/learn/covid-19-civil-legal-response-in-virginia/

3/30/2020 — The Virginia Tax Department has a webpage with information about taxes during the pandemic. https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates

3/30/2020 — Governor Ralph Northam has issued a Stay at Home Executive Order due to COVID-19. Read the order here.

3/30/202 — The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has issued a call for volunteers. Learn more.

3/30/2020 — The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an ORDER EXTENDING DECLARATION OF JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY.

3/30/2020 — Child Care Hotline. Parents needing to find a child care provider can call (866) KIDS-TLC or (866) 543-7852.

3/28/2020 — State of Virginia has issued an EMERGENCY REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) Coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective supplies

3/27/2020 — Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) provides updated numbers of COVID-19 Cases in the Commonwealth. https://www.vpap.org/covid-19/

3/26/2020 — Resources from the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). Download a general information flyer on filing claims. More information is available at http://www.vec.virginia.gov/.

3/25/2020 — Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries. Order will preserve medical beds and personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response. Read the press release.

3/25/2020 — Governor Ralph Northam’s administration has provided frequently asked questions with answers on Executive Order Fifty-Three.

3/23/2020Governor Ralph Northam today issued, “a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible. This order goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020.” Read more …. Watch the video of today’s announcement here.

3/23/2020The Virginia Department of Health reports that the Office of Vital Records walk-in customer service lobby at 2001 Maywill St, Richmond, VA 23230 is now closed due to COVID-19 public health precautions. The Office of Vital Records does remain open to process customer mail-in applications and answer customer telephone inquiries. (804-662-6200) Read more ….


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