COVID-19 Update June 1st 2020

Dear Friends, 

I wanted to provide some important updates and additional resources about the work being done to ease the spread of COVID-19 in our Commonwealth. These updates include mass testing in Loudon County for today, CVS testing sites, face coverings in Virginia, and updates for the DMV extensions of credentials. I hope you and your families are staying safe and are healthy. Please contact me if you need any assistance or have questions. 

My Best Regards, 

Kathleen Murphy

District-34 

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Loudoun County to Hold Second Mass Testing Event TODAY!

Loudoun County has scheduled a second round of free, drive-through testing for COVID-19 at Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park in Leesburg, Today, June 1, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Testing will end when the site reaches capacity or by 6:00 p.m. As many tests as possible will be administered during the one-day testing event. 

No appointments are necessary. There are no age or residency requirements. A person does not have to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested. No prescription or doctor’s order is necessary

Five Things to Know About the June 1 COVID-19 Testing:

  1. Fill out a registration form in English (PDF) or in Spanish (PDF) prior to arriving at the testing site, if possible. (Forms will be available at the testing site to fill out.)
  2. Testing is open to everyone.
  3. Testing is drive-through only; no walk-ups. 
  4. Enter the testing site on Crosstrail Boulevard; follow all directions throughout the testing site.
  5. Plan on long wait times, which may be 2 hours or more; restrooms will be available periodically throughout the waiting line.

For info on free testing in Fairfax County,  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health

CVS Drive-thru Testing Locations

Governor Northam announced that CVS would be opening 39 new drive-thru testing locations across Virginia.  To find a testing location near you click here.

Face Coverings in Virginia

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 63, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Face coverings do not take the place of public health guidelines to maintain six feet of physical distancing, increase cleaning and sanitation, and wash hands regularly. See here for a press release on this announcement. See here for the full text of E.O. 63.

Exemptions to these guidelines include:

  • individuals actively eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment;
  • individuals who are exercising;
  • children under the age of two;
  • a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible;
  • and anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering. 

Workplace Safety Regulations

Governor Northam has announced that he is directing the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.  These occupational safety standards will require the approval by vote of the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board and must address personal protective equipment, sanitation, record-keeping of incidents, and hazard communication. Upon approval, the Department of Labor and Industry will be able to enforce the standards through civil penalties and business closures.

SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Program

Governor Ralph Northam announced that for the first time, 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, after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Virginia to participate in an innovative online purchasing pilot program. 

The program launched on May 29th, with online shopping access available through the Amazon and Walmart online platforms. Retailers interested in participating in the program can find more information and apply by contacting USDA. Transactions will take place using SNAP customers’ secure Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for fees of any type, such as delivery, service, or convenience fees. A press release with further information on this announcement can be found here.

PPE Supply Chain Management

The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) has coordinated with Amazon to ensure organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the Commonwealth can purchase critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) through Amazon Business on a prioritized basis.  This opportunity is available to hospitals, health clinics, doctor’s offices, and other medical care providers. In order to participate in this program, a business must first sign up on Amazon Business.  The link to sign up can be accessed using this link:https://business.amazon.com/en/work-with-us/healthcare/covid-19-supplies.

There is another source for PPE that brings Virginia businesses together to both source and obtain PPE. The Virginia Manufacturer’s Association has partnered with Virginia businesses to create a website that serves as a clearinghouse for businesses seeking PPE.  That site can be found at https://www.mcclungcompanies.com.

Virginia Department of Health-COVIDCheck

Governor Northam announced a new VDH website tool called COVIDCheck. This tool allows individuals to check their symptoms, find a test, and get answers to their health questions. Additionally, when you input your symptoms, the website will give you a recommendation on next steps. COVIDCheck can be found here, on the VDH Coronavirus page.

DMV Executive Directive 7

Governor Ralph Northam’s amended Executive Directive Seven extends the validity of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued credentials to accommodate Virginians with driver’s licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations expiring during the COVID-19 crisis. The extension gives Virginians more time to renew these important credentials. You can read the full directive here.

Validity of Driver’s License Extensions

The validity of driver’s licenses and identification cards expiring on or before July 31, 2020, is extended for 90 days, not to exceed August 31, 2020.

  • This means that a customer whose credential expires between March 15 and May 31 will have 90 days beyond the expiration date to renew, and credentials with an expiration date from June 1 to July 31 must be renewed no later than August 31, 2020.

Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registrations that expire in March, April, and May are extended for 90 days; those expiring in June are extended for 60 days; and those expiring in July are extended for 30 days.

DMV Appointments for In-person Critical Services

In addition to the credential extensions, DMV will safely reopen additional customer service centers for appointment-only service for specific services.

Upon reopening, DMV will focus on the following services:

  • Original driver's licenses
  • Original commercial driver's licenses (CDLs)
  • Replacement driver's licenses for a name change
  • Driver's license renewals, including CDLs
  • Original and renewal ID cards
  • ID card replacements for a name change
  • Original and replacement disabled parking placards
  • HAZMAT fingerprinting
  • Original and substitute titles
  • Original and transfer of vehicle registrations (no title)
  • Vital records
  • Compliance/Reinstatement of driving privileges, to include insurance payment plan set-up
  • Payment plan: monthly installment payment
  • Knowledge testing for learner’s permits and business partners (No road testing for passenger vehicles and motorcycles can be offered at this time.)

Customers who need to conduct other transactions should do so via dmvNOW.com or by mail. This chart shows you how to do your transaction from the comfort and protection of your own home.

 Operational adjustments included in the phased reopening plan

  • DMV to limit the number of customers and employees in each location to ensure social distancing protocols while providing safe and efficient services.
  • Service windows have partitions between the customer and DMV employee.
  • seating is limited and spaced, and customers are asked to stay in their vehicles until 10 minutes prior to their appointment. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled appointment; DMV will not be able to serve customers who arrive late for their appointments.
  • DMV will temporarily extend hours to serve as many customers as possible who need critical in-person services.

Appointment opportunities are also now available at the following locations which will open on June 1:

  • Arlington (4150 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206): Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Franconia (6306 Grovedale Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310): Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Leesburg (945 Edwards Ferry Road NE, Leesburg, VA 20176): Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Prince William/Manassas (11270 Bulloch Drive, Manassas, VA 20109): Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tysons Corner (1968 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182): Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • For a complete list of locations accepting appointments, visit dmvNOW.com/appt.

DMV is now offering one month of appointment availability in the system for each location. Each day, more appointments are added to the calendar. Please check dmvNOW.com/appt regularly or call 804-497-7100 for new appointment availability. 

Public Beaches

Governor Northam announced that on May 29th public beaches would be allowed to reopen, provided that they follow the social distancing guidelines established in Virginia Beach: no large gatherings of more than 10 people, no tents, no alcohol, no group sports.

Racetracks to Reopen

Governor Northam announced on May 29th, horse and vehicle racetracks would be allowed to reopen for single-day events. However, spectators will be prohibited from attending the event, and strict social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Behavioral Health Resources for COVID 19

Community Services Boards (CSBs) across Virginia have transitioned some in-person strategies to work remotely. Many Virginians may be in need of additional mental health or behavioral health support and services. Linked here is a document that is updated periodically with activities and resources from local CSBs. 

VDSS Mobile App for Resources

VDSS has launched COVID-19 Virginia Resources, a mobile app and website designed to streamline access to critical and actionable resources from 2-1-1 Virginia, CommonHelp, and a myriad of other state and federal agencies. Clink on this link to download on your device: https://covid.virginia.gov/.

$95 Million in Grants to State and Local Criminal Justice Programs

Last week, Governor Northam announced more than $95 million in federal grant funding to 229 localities, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies throughout Virginia to support state and local criminal justice programs. The Criminal Justice Services Board of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) approved these grants during its May 21 virtual meeting. A full press release on the announcement can be found here.

U.S. Dept of Labor Announces $11.5 Million in Worker Safety & Health Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

 

Governor Northam's Weekly Press Briefings 

Governor Northam will hold his COVID-19 Press Briefings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. You can watch on The Governor’s Facebook and VPM’s YouTube channel.

VDSS Mobile App for Resources

Community Services Boards-Behavioral Health Resources:

Prevention Activities and Resources Generated by Virginia CSBs

Domestic Violence hotline:
1-800-838-8238

Fairfax County’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:
703-360-7273

Plan D Nova

 Join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps!

Website: www.vamrc.org

Reserve Corps FAQS page.

Portal for CARES Act:

Treasury.gov/CARES

VDOE Programs for Schools

Virtual Virginia

Health Care Resources:

ACA Information

Medicaid and FAMIS programs

Virginia Food Banks

commonhelp.virginia.gov

Virginia Easy Access

Hospitals

VHHA maintains a COVID-19 webpage

Inova

inova.org/covid19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Protective Supplies Survey

 For further information from local school divisions:

Fairfax County Public Schools 

Loudon County Public Schools

For parents needing to find a child care provider, they can call (866) KIDS-TLC or (866) 543-7852.

Additional State Resources and Information: 

Virginia Department of Health website

Virginia's Coronavirus Homepage

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia DMV

211virginia.org

Employers & Business: 

VEC Website

Claimant Resources page

Initial claims:
1-866-832-2363

Continuing claims, call:
1-800-897-5630

"Frequently asked Questions for Workers Regarding COVID-19"

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Information on Paid Family or Sick Leave

Executive Order 53

Any businesses with questions about essential vs. non-essential designations, can send those inquiries to business@virginia.gov

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

OSHA

CDC - COVID-19 Business Guidance Response

Stay Informed: 

The Center for Disease Control

Remote Online Notarization

 Electronic Notary Applications

Going Back to Work

The Governor issued a reminder that any employee can file a complaint through the Department of Labor and Industry or can contact OSHA if he or she feels that their workplace is unsafe.

Unemployment Claims Must Be Filed Weekly

If you have applied for unemployment insurance compensation, you must file a claim weekly with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to continue being paid.  
 
The VEC recommends filing claims on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of each week.
 
To complete and submit a weekly claim payment request, call 1-800-897-5630 or visit vec.virginia.gov

Executive Orders

For all of Governor Northam's Executive Orders, click here.