Virginia - COVID-19 Covered

Virginia

Total Cases: 172,774 (October 25)
Fatalities: 3,575 (October 25)
Testing:
  • Governor Northam announced that $22 million will be allocated to Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program. (October 23) 
  • You can find your closest Virginia COVID-19 testing site here. 
  • Governor Northam announced an interstate compact along with Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio to expand the use of rapid antigen testing. (August 4 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Essential businesses in Virginia include grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations; medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers; electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology; automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities; home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers; lawn and garden equipment retailers; beer, wine, and liquor stores; retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores; retail located within healthcare facilities; banks and other financial institutions with retail functions; pet and feed stores;  printing and office supply stores; and laundromats and dry cleaners.” (March 23  

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Northam announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards that include mandates on personal protective equipment, sanitation, and social distancing. (July 15 
  • Virginia released reopening guidance – including “mandatory requirements” and “best practices” – for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.   

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Northam announced $65.8 million to increase childcare access and help providers amid the pandemic. (October 21)
  • Governor Northam announced $73 million in CARES Act funding to provide hazard pay to home health personal care attendants who served high-risk populations during the early months of COVID-19. (October 15)
  • Governor Northam directed more than $220 million in CARES Act funding to Virginia’s K-12 schools. (October 8 
  • Governor Northam announced he would direct $12 million in additional CARES Act funding to Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program. (October 7 
  • Governor Northam announced that Virginia would allocate $30 million from CARES Act funding to improve broadband access in underserved localities. (October 7 
  • Governor Northam announced that Virginia would invest $1.7 million over the next two years to expand workforce development initiatives. (October 6 
  • Governor Northam announced more than $8.4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 14 projects that will help rural communities across Virginia. (September 28  
  • Governor Northam announced that more than $1.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for three projects in James City and York counties and the city of Williamsburg. (September 28 
  • Governor Northam announced that $4 million would be provided to expand Legal Services Corporation of Virginia to provide services for tenants facing eviction. (August 31 
  • Governor Northam announced that Floyd and Loudoun Counties would each receive a grant of $20,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program to support local agriculture. (August 28 
  • Governor Northam announced that the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) would award more than $5.5 million to support projects that will address economic and public health challenges. (August 13 
  • Governor Northam awarded funding for 18 community development projects across Virginia to support economic recovery efforts. (August 11 
  • Governor Northam announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia, beginning August 10 and remaining in effect through September 7. (August 7 
  • Governor Northam announced more than $4.2 million in grants to stimulate the economy in the Appalachian region of Virginia. (June 30) 
  • Governor Northam launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief program to provide $50 million in federal aid form the CARES act for households facing eviction and foreclosure. (June 29 
  • Governor Northam announced more than $14 million for a new Economic Resilience and Recovery Program to respond to the unprecedented economic conditions and address the near and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 15 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Northam announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply. (September 21 
  • Governor Northam announced more than $6 million to support state and local criminal justice programs. (August 31 
  • Governor Northam announced that a total of $200,000 will be distributed to Virginia visual artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (August 25 
  • Governor Northam announced $70 million for small businesses and non-profit organizations through the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund. (July 27 
  • Governor Northam announced that new recovery marketing funds are available to destination marketing organizations (DMO) across the Commonwealth that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. (June 18 
  • Governor Northam launched the Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program, a special program focused on supporting visual artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 16 
  • Governor Northam announced a new way for local governments to support agriculture- and forestry-based businesses during the COVID-19 emergency through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund Planning Grant program. (June 11 
  • Governor Northam announced a diverse group of leaders joining the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, which will be tasked with providing advice and guidance to the Cabinet on a safe, responsible strategy for reopening. (April 24) 
  • Governor Northam proposed an increase to minimum wage and the creation of a work-sharing program to support workers impacted by COVID-19. (April 12) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Northam announced that due to improved health metrics in the Eastern Region of Virginia, localities in Hampton Roads will join the rest of the state in Phase 3 of the “Forward Virginia” plan. (September 10 
  • Governor Northam announced new restrictions on restaurants and gatherings in the Hampton Roads area due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. (July 28) 
  • Governor Northam presented Phase 3 of the “Forward Virginia” plan to continue easing public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. (June 18) 
  • Governor Northam signed an executive order requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings. (May 26) 
  • Governor Northam issued an executive order allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase 1 of the “Forward Virginia” plan. (May 12) 
  • Governor Northam outlined a three-phase plan to ease restrictions in Virginia. The first phase includes easing restrictions while maintaining social distancing, teleworking, recommendations for face coverings, and bans on gatherings of 10 or more. (May 4) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • The superintendent of Arlington Public Schools will reportedly propose a postponed, virtual-only start to the school year. (July 14) 
  • Governor Northam announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. (June 9 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Virginia universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • University of Virginia will require all students to test negative for COVID-19 in order to return to campus. (July 17) 
  • Governor Northam issued guidance for Virginia public and private higher education institutions as they develop plans to safely reopen their campuses and resume in-person instruction. (June 11) 

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