July 10th — Weekly COVID-19 Update

  • Currently, 68,931 positive cases have been reported in Virginia.
  • All Virginians must continue to comply with the statewide face covering requirement in indoor public spaces, and Virginians are strongly encouraged to: continue teleworking if possible, wash hands regularly, maintain six feet of physical distance when outside of home, and get tested immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. Eligible providers must submit their data by July 20th. Individuals can apply through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
  • Many of the legislation passed by the 2020 Session of the General Assembly took effect on Wednesday, July 1st. The Division of Legislative Services published an amazing and comprehensive guide, entitled In Due Course, to laws that are “likely to affect the daily lives of the citizens of Virginia.”
  • The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), will provide $50 million in federal funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19. RMRP will provide short-term financial assistance on behalf of households in the form of rent and mortgage payments. To identify the local RMRP administering organization for a household and to conduct a self-assessment for eligibility, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2–1–1 from your phone.
  • http://StayHomeVirginia.com contains tools, information, and resources for renters, homeowners, landlords, and people experiencing homelessness.
  • Governor Northam announced that Virginia ended fiscal year 2020 with a deficit of approximately $236.5 million in general fund revenue collections. While the shortfall was expected due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s economy and budget, it is smaller than anticipated, and overall, revenues increased 2.0 percent over fiscal year 2019. The full release may be found here.
  • For a comprehensive list of information and federal resources related to small businesses, please visit https://www.finimpact.com/covid-19-coronavirus-smbs/.
  • Several DMV Select offices have reopened to customers, including Fairfax City and Stafford. While most DMV Selects are opened by appointment only or have other social distancing requirements, it’s recommended customers confirm office hours and view any important messages here before visiting a DMV Select.
  • The DMV is rolling out a new process for road skills testing for passenger vehicles to ensure the health and well-being of customers and employees. To get started, a customer must first schedule an appointment at dmvNOW.com/appt.
  • DMV is first offering passenger vehicle road skills tests at the following locations:
  • Woodbridge Customer Service Center (only open for road skills testing): 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
  • Manassas CDL Site: 7931 Mason King Court, Manassas, Virginia, 20109
  • Governor Northam announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaborative effort among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, while driving economic growth.
  • The Governor launched Clean Energy Virginia, a new initiative to drive investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and help meet the Commonwealth’s goals for clean energy production, which include powering 100 percent of Virginia’s electricity from carbon-free sources. More information can be found here.
  • The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) announced that they will be accepting applications for cooling assistance through August 17th. VDSS will also issue a supplemental payment, through funding by the CARES Act, to households who received fuel or crisis assistance during the most recent heating season.
  • Emergency SNAP benefits will again be made available to Virginia SNAP participants for the month of July. Benefits will be automatically loaded to recipients’ SNAP EBT cards on July 17th. SNAP participants who are not currently receiving the max allotment as their monthly benefit are eligible for emergency SNAP benefits.
  • The School Board met Wednesday, July 8, to discuss new learning plans and implementation for this fall. You may watch a School Board meeting live by going to pwcstv.com and clicking on the Watch Live link at the top of the page. The School Board will meet again on July 15th to approve plans for reopening of schools.
  • The Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development is set to distribute funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to eligible households in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program, or EHAP, starting July 1st.
  • For information or how to apply for the program visit pwcgov.org/housing. The preferred method of applying is electronically by using the portal available on the website. Other options include downloading the application and submitting it through EHAProgram@pwcgov.org. For those who are unable to apply electronically or need assistance in completing the application process (to address reasonable accommodations), call 703–792–7538.
  • Virginia Department of Health website
  • Virginia Department of Social Services website
  • “Forward Virginia” Guidelines page
  • Prince William County COVID-19 page
  • Stafford County COVID-19 page

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