• COVID-19

    We are here to help you navigate these difficult times.

    Important Links & Resources

     

    Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Worldwide Tracking

    Virginia Department of Health Tracking


    Commonwealth of Virginia Important Updates & Resources

     

    Loudoun County Updates & Resources

     

    Prince William County Updates & Resources

     

    Sign up for Loudoun County text alerts: text LCCOVID19 to 888777

     

    Sign up for Prince William text alerts: text COVIDPWC to 888777 for English or COVIDPWCES to 888777 for Spanish

     

    COVID-19 Vaccine Update

     

    What’s New This Week:

    • To date, more than 71% of adults in Virginia have already received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 9 million doses administered so far in Virginia and more than half of the entire population fully vaccinated. The Virginia Vaccination Summary Dashboard shows the combined totals for doses administered by all providers in Virginia, and also shows the percent of the adult population and entire population for each city and county.
    • This is the final week of the National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccinations, in which communities are asked to put special emphasis on free child care, extended pharmacy hours, grassroots engagement, news media and social media, the “Shots at the Shop” collaboration with Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons, the Mayors Challenge, the College Challenge, and business incentives. A toolkit for public officials includes many resources to help keep the momentum going into July.
    • Although state and local governments will continue to engage in COVID-19 response and recovery for some time, there is no longer a need for the whole of government to operate in emergency status. Therefore, the statewide declaration of emergency is one of 10 executive actions that expired on June 30. Localities are encouraged to consult with counsel to make sure emergency operations are still authorized under other laws (including new laws taking effect July 1), or to transition to normal operations.
    • While vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, public health officials encourage Virginians to continue to wear masks as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and allowed by state law. While the law prohibits wearing a mask for the purpose of concealing one’s identity, it does not prohibit wearing a mask for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19. This is true even now that Virginia is no longer under a statewide declaration of emergency. 
    • Masks must be worn by persons aged 5 or older while indoors at a public or private K-12 school, pursuant to an Order of Public Health Emergency issued by the State Health Commissioner and in effect through July 25, 2021. Federal law requires masks on planes, buses (including school buses), trains, and other forms of public transportation. Even when not required, people who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks whenever they would be more comfortable doing so.
    • Businesses are generally free to adopt their own mask requirements. Employees of some workplaces may still be required by state regulations to wear masks, even if fully vaccinated. For more information, employers should refer to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Standard and Frequently Asked Questions

    Additional Background:

    • Virginia is vaccinating everyone 12 or older, with no pre-registration required and walk-in service at most clinics. The simple website at vaccinate.virginia.gov shows nearby clinics, and the statewide call center at 877-VAX-IN-VA provides assistance in more than 100 languages (including video chat in American Sign Language).
    • With ample supply available statewide, it is no longer necessary for a patient to receive their second doses of a two-dose vaccine from the same provider that administered the first dose, as long as both doses are of the same vaccine brand. Anyone who received a first dose and does not yet have an appointment for the second dose should visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA to make an appointment at any clinic offering the same brand, and should bring their first dose vaccination record with them to the second dose clinic. The two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be given 21 days apart, and the two doses of Moderna vaccine 28 days apart. If that is not possible, the second dose for each vaccine may be scheduled up to 42 days after the first dose.
     

    If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, please call one of the following numbers:

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255; Press 1

    If you think you have been exposed

    • Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
    • According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath
    Practice Social Distancing
    • Social distancing can help slow down the outbreak by reducing the chance of infection among high-risk populations.
    • The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
    COVID-19 Testing Available in Northern Virginia
    • CVS Health has opened 39 new testing sites at drive-thru locations across the Commonwealth. Find a location near you by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2zXLtRk
    • You can find additional testing sites near you here.

    Resources for Residents

     

    Food Banks

    • For those facing food insecurity, please use this link to find a food bank near you: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/va-ashburn
    • If you would like to make donations to a local food bank, please call first to maximize “social distancing” when making your donation.

     

    Utilities

    • Verizon announced they will waive late fees and keep customers connected to their services if they are negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. You can find their announcement here.
    • Cox Communications will waive late fees and keep customers connected as well as expand their low-cost services for students and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find their update here

    Rental Rights

    • Virginia has launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development using $50 million in federal CARES Act funds. Learn more here.
    • Visit StayHomeVirginia.com for more information and resources on tenant rights.
    • If you are facing an eviction the Virginia Poverty Law Center is asking you to reach out to their Eviction Legal Helpline: 1-833 NoEVICT. The Helpline provides free advice from an attorney to any tenant in the state facing eviction, regardless of the tenant's location or household income. You can find other COVID-19 related legal rights information on the Virginia Poverty Law Center website here

    Employment

    • The Virginia Employment Commission will waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive unemployment insurance benefits as soon as possible. Additionally, the eligibility for unemployment benefits has been expanded, and workers who meet the following criteria will be considered for support:

      • Workers affected because their employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.

      • Workers who have been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer.

      • Workers who must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.

    • For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.

    Resources for Small Businesses

    Small Business Loans

    • As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 health pandemic, Loudoun Economic Development is providing support, programming and education to assist our business. Read more here: https://biz.loudoun.gov/COVID19/
    • The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds. Expanded business sectors now eligible to apply, include small hotels and bed and breakfast lodging facilities along with the film industry companies supporting production in the Commonwealth. Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. You can find more information here.

     

    For any other information or to reach Suhas, email Suhas at delssubramanyam@house.virginia.gov