October 27th — Weekly COVID-19 Update

“You’ve got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s it, that’s the way we move forward.” — Michelle Obama

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:

The Virginia Department of Health reminds us to enjoy Halloween safely. You can protect yourself and family from COVID-19 by avoiding people who live outside of your household, wearing a cloth face covering in public settings, practicing frequent hand washing, and staying six feet apart from one another.

Health

  • Currently, 174,409 cases have been reported in Virginia.
  • COVIDWISE is an exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Governor Northam announced that $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be used to create a statewide program to distribute COVID-19 vaccines when such vaccines are approved for public use.
  • The Governor announced that the Commonwealth will use $3 million in federal funding to reimburse members of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) for clinics’ COVID-19 expenses, including personal protective equipment, sanitation measures, telehealth, and hiring new staff.

Housing Security

Education

  • Governor Northam announced a new allocation of more than $116 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s institutions of higher education. Consistent with the General Assembly’s recently advanced budget, the funding will be distributed to public universities and medical centers to support telework and distance learning infrastructure, personal protective equipment, sanitization and cleaning, and testing for students, staff, and faculty.

Employment & the Economy

Public Assistance Programs

  • Governor Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will continue the incentive grant program for child care providers announced in April through the end of 2020.
  • The Governor released the inaugural Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger, which establishes a unified set of goals and strategies to prioritize food security during the current public health emergency and beyond.

Prince William County — General Updates

  • The Office of Housing & Community Development has implemented the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) to provide emergency housing assistance payments for eligible households who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. To qualify, applicants must be able to support documentable income reduction, through reduced hours, job loss, sickness or being the sole provider for another household member, which was directly related to “loss of income” for the household due to COVID-19, on or after March 1, 2020.

Prince William County — Health

  • Currently, 14,162 cases have been reported in Prince William County.
  • The Legal Services of Northern Virginia received a grant through the Potomac Health Foundation to help individuals in Prince William County (PWC) with issues surrounding Medicaid and the Marketplace, including help with application assistance, analyzing eligibility, or representing individuals in Medicaid appeals. Please contact Susan Nolan at 703–647–4748 or susan@enroll-virginia.com.

Prince William County — Education

  • Pre-K through third-grade students who indicated an in-person preference (or did not select a preference) will be phased in under the 50/50 model as follows.
  • Pre-K and kindergarten students return beginning November 10th
  • First-grade students return beginning December 1st
  • Second- and third-grade students return beginning January 12th
  • Students will attend two alternating days per week based on their assigned house (T/Th or W/F). Mondays will remain virtual days for all students. Students who are attending in-person four days a week in the first quarter will continue to do so in the second quarter.
  • Families are invited to the upcoming virtual High School Specialty Program Information Nights to investigate the variety of programs available: Advanced Academic and Specialty Programs (AASP), Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and JROTC.
  • Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 7:00 PM — To RSVP, please click here.
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | at 7:00 PM — To RVSP, please click here.
  • Prince William County will continue to provide to-go meals throughout the first quarter at 56 feeding sites. These meals are free to all children 18 years old and under. Meals may be picked up by walking up to the sites, or by driving up, which is preferred. You can check for service sites here.

Prince William County — Employment

  • To help those who have lost their jobs in the pandemic, Prince William County has partnered with Virginia Career Works to launch ELEVATE. This program provides no-cost employment assistance to members of the community, including training programs, job placement services, and more.

Prince William County — Elections & the Census

  • From now until October 31st, Prince William County residents, who are registered to vote, may cast their ballot early in-person at eight locations. As a reminder, anyone registered to vote may do so early in-person and must provide identification. Please click here for locations, times, and directions for early voting.
  • PWC has four sample ballots, and the one you will be given depends on where you reside. Three are based on your Congressional District for the House of Representatives. The fourth is specific to the Town of Dumfries.
  • If you have not completed the 2020 census, you have until October 31st to do so — either online at my2020census.gov or by phone at (844) 330–2020.

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. To ensure you receive a test please arrive at the site as close as possible to the start time and ensure you are in line by the time posted below.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Start Time 1:30 PM — Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad Facility, 3800 Graham Park Rd. Triangle, VA 22172
  • [Please be in line by 3:30 pm]
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | Start Time 5:30 PM — Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Rd., Manassas, VA 20110
  • [Please be in line by 7:00 pm]
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Start Time 8:30 AM — Cloverdale Park, 15150 Cloverdale Rd. Dale City, VA 22193
  • [Please be in line by 10:30 am]
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Start Time 1:30 PM — Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • [Please be in line by 3:30 pm]
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 | Start Time 1:30 PM — Splashdown Water Park, 7500 Ben Lomond Park Rd., Manassas, VA 20109
  • [Please be in line by 3:30 pm]
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 | Start Time 5:30 PM — Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • [Please be in line by 7:00 pm]
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020 | Start Time 8:30 AM — Dumfries-Triangle Rescue Squad Facility, 3800 Graham Park Rd. Triangle, VA 22172
  • [Please be in line by 11:30 am]

COVID-19 Resources:

  • 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

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