On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Del. Price hosted a Zoom Update on COVID19 with special guest experts to address concerns about the situation we are facing and to answer constituent questions. Click on the presenters' names to see more about what they added to the conversation and other updates from their work.
General Information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
A message from Del. Price:
We have compiled some resources for finding the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus to help inform you and your loved ones. Based on the briefings I have had, I want to implore you to take this very seriously. This isn't being "overblown" or used to express panic, but based on what epidemiologists and healthcare professionals are saying worldwide, precautions need to be taken. There are growing numbers of presumed positive cases in Virginia and even deaths, some of which are in the Hampton Roads area. I am sensitive to the fact that some of the advice below implies certain privileges that all residents of the 95th may not have. For instance, when we say stay home, there are managers still demanding that workers show up to work. There is work happening on the state and federal level for paid sick leave so that sick people won't have to show up to work for fear of losing their jobs. Also, when we say clean surfaces often, it requires cleaning supplies that all may not have in high quantities. Cleaning supplies and soap may be available through service organizations in the area. Check with churches, synagogues, and organizations if you find yourself in need of supplies but may not be able to buy them right now. Above all else, let's look out for each other and make sure we are taking proper precautions to keep each other safe.
- Governor Northam has declared a State of Emergency to help make sure resources are available should we need them. He has also issued Executive Order 53 which restricts businesses and establishments that can be open and those that must practice 6ft social distancing and CDC guidelines for workplace sanitization. Crowds of 10 people or more have been banned. Read more below.
- Gov. Northam will be doing updates at 2:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday each week
- Order of Public Health Emergency 2: March 25, 2020
- Executive Order 53: March 23, 2020
- Executive Order 52: March 20, 2020
- Executive Order 51: March 12, 2020
- State Agency Updates
- State of Emergency called for Virginia
- VA Supreme Court: Judicial Declaration of Emergency (extension) - March 27, 2020
- VA Supreme Court: Judicial Declaration of Emergency - March 16, 2020
- There are some restaurants, prepared food delivery services, and grocery pick up and delivery services available in accordance to Executive Order 53. Find a list of some of these here!
- The term "social quarantine" is being used to describe the advice given to the groups below to stay home as much as possible during the next few days as we try to slow the spread of the virus:
-those with respiratory issues
-those with high blood pressure
-those with diseases that affect immune system (heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
-those who have been exposed to someone who has traveled and has fallen ill
-those with symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
- Advice for those with higher risk:
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
- Local businesses, restaurants, and organizations are amending their paid sick leave policies so that sick people do not feel forced to come to work. Some businesses are even letting immuno-compromised employees work from home where possible to keep them safe. Consider your policies and make sure you are doing what is in the best interest of our entire community.
- Check on your elderly neighbors and those with limited English proficiency to make sure they have updated information and supplies.
- Make sure you have 30 days supply of all medications you need in case shipments and deliveries are slowed.
- A note for Faith Leaders: Depending upon your beliefs, one of the things that could provide important guidance is your leadership on having digital services to keep your members safe, especially those who are high-risk or live with someone who is high-risk. There are several things to take into consideration but making sure we keep our residents as safe as possible needs to be priority. You may also want to share some of the infographics. Check on your members to make sure they have all the information they need. Also, make sure you are exhibiting and modeling the behaviors we are asking of your members. They are watching and will follow your lead!
- There are cases of coronavirus on 6 of the 7 continents. We should be careful not to spread racist, classist, or xenophobic tropes as we seek to inform residents about the virus. Stick to the facts.
- Travel Updates: Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Amtrak have posted their policies regarding rearranging travel plans through April. If you have purchased tickets for travel that you can postpone, please contact your respective companies to see what you need to do to change your tickets.
If you or anyone you know has symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please encourage them to go to the doctor but call ahead first!
Here’s a list of resource links:
- My twitter thread with resources on COVID19 - Includes info on courts, tips, mental health resources, multilingual resources, and more! This is the best way to follow my most frequent updates.
- State Agency updates like extensions from DMV, Unemployment, Education, Public Safety, etc. Website
- Call 2-1-1 to inquire about available resources you need during this time!
- Text FOOD or COMIDA to 877877 to find available resources for meals.
IRS updates and tax extensions
World Health Organization:
Virginia Department of Health:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management:
City of Newport News: