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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Greetings from the Bulova family kitchen table!  Over the last few weeks, Virginia has been ramping up its response to COVID-19. While these disruptions have been tough, they are critical to slowing the spread of the virus and ensuring that our health system is not overwhelmed.

As we face this situation together, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ask for help with a particular issue. While I may not have an immediate answer, it is important for me to understand the concerns of my constituents so that I can bring them up during conference calls with the Governor and to alert key members of the administration.

Below is information on several topics that may be helpful over the next few weeks and months.

There are a number of ways you can help during this outbreak. If you are in a position to donate food items, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has put together a list of food banks in the region. Likewise, blood drive cancellations have resulted in a severe shortage in the blood supply. If you are interested and able, the Red Cross has a number of sites that are open and safe to visit

Please stay safe and take the time to check in with neighbors to ensure that they are healthy and have the support needed to weather this very challenging time.

General Information

Public Gatherings/Restaurants, Gyms, and Theaters

Day Care Centers

  • Day care centers have been directed to limit their classrooms to 10 people, including teachers.
  • Additionally, day care centers are being asked to practice staggered recess and only feed children in their individual classrooms.

Fairfax County Public Schools

George Mason University

Department of Motor Vehicles

Mass Transit

INOVA Health Systems

Support for Affected Workers

Several actions have been taken at the state level to assist affected workers:

  • The Virginia Employment Commission will waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
  • Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19 or if they 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.
  • A worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave.
  • For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, the Virginia Employment Commission will give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.
  • Additional FAQs regarding Virginia Employment Commission actions and policies can be found here.

Support for Affected Employers

  • The Governor has requested a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help get access to low-interest federal loans.
  • Regional workforce teams are being deployed to support employers that slow or cease operations.  Employers will not be penalized for an increase in the number of workers seeking unemployment benefits.

Utilities

  • The State Corporation Commission has directed regulated utility companies in Virginia to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the outbreak.

Courts/Eviction Proceedings

Consumer Protection