- The Governor has issued Executive Order 55,
directing Virginias to stay at home unless necessary, with some exceptions,
until June 10, 2020 (unless amended or rescinded): https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf
- Stay home unless absolutely necessary.
- Exceptions include travel for food, supplies, work, medical care or to get fresh air or exercise.
- Private camp grounds are closed or restricted.
- Beaches are closed except for exercise or fishing.
- Gathering of 10 or more people are prohibited.
- All institutions of higher learning must cease in-person instruction.
- State agencies are instructed to prioritize assisting the homeless and avoiding evictions.
- Don’t go out if you don’t need to; uur future depends on our behavior now.
- Social distancing and frequent hand washing are best tools to combat corona virus.
- Virginians are volunteering and stepping up in various ways.
- 16K people have volunteered for the Medical
Reserve Corps since last Wednesday.
- If interested in helping, please visit vamrc.org.
- More people need to hear this basic message: stay home.
- Healthcare professionals are working hard every day and we need to protect them.
- Beaches and other recreational areas were packed this weekend—this is “selfish” behavior that puts yourself and others at risk.
- Visitors from hot spots should self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Almost half of new cases in Virginia have been under the age of 50; no is age group is immune.
- Port of Virginia remains open for shipments of critical supplies, including PPE.
- Governor is working closely with MD, DC and NC.
- Governor consulted with the mayors of Hampton Roads before issuing this new order.
COVID-19 CASES AND STATISTICS
- 1020 confirmed cases, 136 hospitalizations, 25
deaths, 12k tested.
- Statistics are available on VDH website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.
- Tracking of recovery and release depends on the
capacity of local health departments.
- CDC has specific guidelines for isolation and release.
HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND HOSPITAL BEDS
- We need to slow the potential surge of cases going to hospitals.
- Virginia has 18.5K hospital beds, 2K ICU beds.
- The state is looking at different case models and projections; will share more information soon.
- All the models have in common is Virginia will experience a surge in hospitalizations.
- Army Corps of Engineers has been actively assessing sites for field hospitals and temporary sites, and will be submitting them to the Governor’s office within the next few days.
- Hospitals are preparing for temporary bed
- VCU is using a dormitory (originally built as a hospital) for a COVID-19 facility for those that don’t need to be in the ICU but need to be hospitalized.
- Mary Washington University health system set up a field hospital on their campus.
- Southwest VA has identified Lonesome Pine Hospital in Wise County for treatment and quarantine of COVID-19 patients.
FEDERAL ACTION AND ECONOMIC AID
- Last week Virginia applied for Title 32 status for the national guard which was approved, meaning the federal government will pay for national guard activity related to COVID-19.
- Virginia also applied for federal national disaster status in order to get more federal relief.
- Virginia obtained USDA approval for disaster
household feeding program, foodbank network emergency assistance for more
people, 200K Virginians.
- Visit www.vafoodbanks.org
- Call 2-1-1 for social services.
- Domestic violence services state hotline is 1-800-838-8238.
ENFORCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND WORKPLACE EXPECTATIONS
- Previous EOs still apply to businesses and people.
- The state is not looking to put people in jail
but compliance is expected.
- Criminal enforcement – Class 1 misdemeanor for gatherings of more than 10.
- Many people were not complying with recommended guidelines and are putting themselves and others at risk. Before it was a suggestion; now it’s an order.
- Tourists and hotels must comply with Virginia orders and guidelines.
- OSHA standards are forthcoming, and the Virginia
Department of Labor and Industry is expected to accept them.
- If you feel that your employer is not complying, talk to your supervisor or file a complaint with the state.
- State Board of Elections and Secretary of Administration are working to issue guidance on the local May elections within the next few days.
- Local governing bodies with questions about FOIA and open meeting laws should direct them to the Attorney General, who has issued guidance on this topic.
- Individual colleges are making decisions regarding
refunds of tuition or fees.
- Federal funding may help allow Virginia to assist with these refunds.
- Golf courses can remain open; clubhouses are closed.
- Virginia Parole Board continues to expedite
review for early release for vulnerable inmates.
- Early release in Virginia is limited to geriatric release and those sentenced before 1976.
- Parole Board has withdrawn warrants for technical violations.
- Parole Board has expedited release for those already in the process of granted release.
- Inmates need a home health plan before being released into the community.
- Department of Corrections has locked down state corrections facilities to prevent introduction of disease.