Updates on COVID-19 for Virginia

October 2020

10/27/2020 — Governor Northam Announces $65.8 Million to Increase Child Care Access, Help Providers. The new funding will increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read the release.

10/27/2020 — Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Funding will support statewide vaccination program when vaccine is approved. Read the details.

10/20/2020 — Governor Northam Authorizes Hazard Pay for Home Health Workers. Read the release.

10/20/2020 — Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond Recognizes Healthcare Workers and First Responders with Free Admission to “Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities.” Read the details.

10/13/2020 — Governor Northam Directs More Than $220 Million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia’s K-12 Schools. Read the release.

10/13/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief. Read the details.

10/6/2020 — Virginia Employment Commission Launches Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. Read the information.

10/6/2020 — Virginia to invest $1.7 million to scale up Network2Work initiative connecting job seekers to high-quality careers, wraparound supports. Read the details.

September 2020

9/29/2020 — Virginia Department of Health Announces New Pandemic Metrics Dashboard. Read about the Dashboard.

9/29/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Rent and Mortgage Relief Program for Landlords. Read the details.

9/22/2020 — Virginia Department of Health Announces Results of COVID-19 Serology Study. Read the results.

9/22/2020 — Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19. Read the release.

9/15/2020 — Manpower Virtual Job Fair Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. View or download a flyer.

9/15/2020 — State Corporation Commission Announces Utility Service Cut-off Moratorium Extended to October 5. Read the announcement.

9/8/2020 — The Virginia Department of Health encourages residents to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccination to reduce the chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others. Read the recommendations.

9/8/2020 — Governor Ralph Northam announced proposals to expand access to voting for the November 3rd General Election amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article.

9/1/2020 — Virginia Extends Certain DMV-issued Credentials, including driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and identification cards originally
expiring in August, September, and October 2020. Read the full announcement.

9/1/2020 — Governor Northam Announces $4 Million to Expand Legal Aid Services for Virginians Facing Eviction. Read the release.

August 2020

8/25/2020 — Virginia Receives Approval to Expand Access to Health Care through State-Based Exchange. Read the release.

8/25/2020 — As of today, August 25, over 437,000 Virginians have downloaded COVIDWISE. Learn more about the app.

8/18/2020 — Governor Northam Signs Executive Order to Address Impacts of COVID-19 in State-Operated Psychiatric Hospitals. Read the release.

8/18/2020 — Governor Northam Proposes Voter Protection Measures Ahead of November General Election. Read the release.

8/11/2020 — Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium. Read the release.

8/11/2020 — Northam Administration will be hosting a series of webinars on the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color, and how the COVIDWISE smartphone app can help mitigate that impact. View or download an information sheet.

4/2020 — Virginia Joins Bipartisan, Interstate Compact to Expand Rapid Antigen Testing. Read the release.

8/4/2020 — Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Announces Warm Line Available for those Struggling with COVID. Read the details.

July 2020

7/28/2020 — Northern Virginia Regional Commission Shares Spanish Language Video for COVID-19 Prevention. Watch the video.

7/27/2020 — Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19. View or download a flyer.

7/21/2020 — The Virginia Employment Commission is teaming with State Agencies and companies across the entire State of Virginia to have a Statewide Virtual Hiring Event on the 28th of July 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Read the details.

7/21/2020 — Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the release.

7/14/2020 — Virginia Updates Phased Reopening Plan for Schools. Read the updated guidance.

7/14/2020 — Virginia Employment Commission Releases Updated Unemployment Insurance Data, PEUC Program Information. Read the release.

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 — 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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