August 21st — Weekly COVID-19 Update

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells

This week, Governor Northam took several new steps to provide relief to Virginia communities, and I wanted to make sure you had the latest updates:

On August 18th, Governor Northam put forward three new voter protection measures that would make voting absentee easier. His proposals include using prepaid return postage on absentee ballots, the creation of drop off boxes and drop off locations, and allowing voters to fix errors on their absentee ballots after they’re sent in.

Health

  • Currently, 110,860 cases have been reported in Virginia.

Medicaid

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the deadline to apply for Medicaid Provider Relief funds is extended until August 28th, and plans to reopen certain Medicare Providers.

Housing Security

  • On August 14th, Governor Northam proposed allotting $88 million dollars in state funding to expand affordable housing and combat evictions. This money would go to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and a new Eviction Prevention and Diversion Pilot Program. He is also putting forward a plan to pause all evictions until April 30th, 2021.

Employment & the Economy

Public Assistance Projects

  • As many school districts begin a virtual school year, Governor Northam has proposed an $85 million dollar plan to fund access to broadband for unserved communities through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI).

Prince William County — General Updates

  • As of August 17th, the DMV in Stafford, Virginia has reopened to the public. Before visiting, it is recommended that customers check for their DMV’s hours and important notices here.

Prince William County — Education

  • Meals are available for free or reduced prices for eligible students in Prince William County Public Schools. In order to receive these benefits, you must apply for meal assistance every year. Applications filed last year are only good for the first few days of school. Visit the PWCS Food and Nutrition Services website to learn more about eligibility and the online application process.

Prince William County — COVID-19 Testing

  • Free COVID-19 Testing available for residents who live and work in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park. Participants must provide their full name, telephone number, and a home or work address in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park to obtain COVID testing and receive the results.

COVID-19 Resources:

  • Virginia Department of Health website

If you need constituent services, please contact our office at DelJCarrollFoy@house.virginia.gov.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Thank you,

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy

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Democrat for Virginia Governor. Public defender, @VAHouse Delegate, twin mom. Petersburg Proud. #HailState (she/hers) www.jennifercarrollfoy.org

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Jennifer Carroll Foy

Democrat for Virginia Governor. Public defender, @VAHouse Delegate, twin mom. Petersburg Proud. #HailState (she/hers) www.jennifercarrollfoy.org