Virginia - COVID-19 Covered

Virginia

Total Cases: 40,255 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 267,593 (May 25)
Fatalities: 1,283 (May 27)
Testing:
  • Governor Northam announced the launch of COVIDCheck, an online risk-assessment tool for individuals to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource, including COVID-19 testing locations. (May 22 
  • Governor Northam urged the federal government to implement additional screening and testing for COVID-19 in two federally-run detention centers in Virginia. (May 14)  
  • Governor Northam announced a health equity pilot program with the City of Richmond to increase equitable access to PPE in underserved communities most affected by COVID-19. (May 11)  

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 signed Executive Order Sixty, reinforcing certain statutory liability protections for Virginia healthcare workers. (April 28)  
  • 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) 
  • Governor Northam signed a number of laws to protect Virginian workers, including legislation to combat wage theft, ban workplace discrimination, and prohibit non-compete covenants for low-wage workers. (April 12) 
  • Governor Northam issued an executive directive authorizing the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) to defer annual fees for licenses and permits that would be up for renewal through June. (April 8) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Northam announced that more than 740,000 Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be able to pay for their groceries online and have them delivered. (May 22 
  • Governor Northam shared new resources to protect Virginians from eviction and support individuals who have lost their job or income due to COVID-19. (May 19)  
  • Governor Northam announced that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. (April 29)  
  • 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Northam has said “regional workforce teams” will be deployed to support employers who “slow or cease operations” during the crisis, and that such employers “will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.” (March 17)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Northam announced that he would allow the city of Virginia Beach to open its beaches to sunbathing and swimming on May 22. No group sports, alcohol, tents or large groups will be allowed, and parking areas will be limited to 50 percent capacity. (May 18May 19)  
  • Governor Northam announced that Accomack County and the City of Richmond would delay implementation of Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan. (May 14)  
  • Governor Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-Two, allowing specific localities in Northern Virginia to delay entering Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan. (May 12)  
  • Governor Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions. (May 9)  
  • 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)  
  • Governor Northam announced that hospitals and dentists will be allowed to resume non-emergency procedures as of midnight Thursday, April 30. (April 29)  

 

Curfews:

  • No records found. 

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Northam indicated the state may enforce mandatory mask-wearing if cases continue to rise and people continue to disregard mask-wearing orders. (May 20) 
  • Governor Northam extended his shutdown order for nonessential businesses until midnight on May 14. (May 4 
  • Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) announced the state has agreed to waive the requirement that a witness must sign off on ballots cast by mail in the June 23 primary election amid the coronavirus pandemic. (April 28 
  • Governor Northam presented the “Forward Virginia” blueprint, which will help guide the Commonwealth on when and how to safely begin easing public health restrictions. (April 24 
  • Governor Northam postponed the May General and Special Elections by two weeks, from May 5, 2020 to May 19, 2020. (April 24) 

Delivery Services:

  • Food and beverage establishments may remain open for takeout and delivery. (March 23)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Northam announced a diverse set of education stakeholders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Education Work Group to help plan how schools can safely reopen later this year. (May 18)  

State Higher Education:

  • Virginia Tech announced it will not refund spring tuition to students. (April 10)  

 

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