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Resources for COVID-19
Here are additional resources for those affected by the COVID-19:
Local resources can be found at richmondgov.com, including public health information, support for small businesses, and updates on services and closures.
Visit publichealth.va.gov of updates, information, and actions taken by Commonwealth of Virginia.
Food assistance is available for those who qualify, and Virginians can also find information on meal services for children by texting “food” or “comida” to 877-877.
Information and updates for students and parents from RPS can be found at rvaschools.net, including the availability of meals for children.
Unemployment information is on the Virginia Employment Commission website at vec.virginia.gov.
Advice for managing stress, anxiety, and mental health during the outbreak is available from the CDC at cdc.gov.
Small Business Administration loan information for businesses affected by the outbreak. Small businesses in Richmond are all eligible for disaster loans. More information at sba.gov.
Loan and debt relief resources for students is available through the Department of Education at ed.gov.
Visit the State Department at state.gov for travel guidance, including a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Global Health Advisory.
COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Virginia. While the supply is limited, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to specific groups of people over a number of phases. Virginia guidance was adapted from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that aim to (1) decrease COVID-19 deaths and serious disease, (2) preserve functioning of society, and (3) reduce the extra burden COVID19 is having on people already facing disparities.
Virginia entered Phase 1B to provide vaccinations to frontline workers. Definition of Frontline Essential Workers Workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society, are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARSCoV-2, and cannot work remotely. Frontline Essential Workers include: Police, Fire, and Hazmat Corrections and homeless shelter workers Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff Food and Agriculture (including Veterinarians) Manufacturing Grocery store workers Public transit workers Mail carriers (USPS and private) Officials needed to maintain continuity of government .
How persons aged 75 years and older can access the vaccination:
Many of the people who are included in Phase 1b because of their age will be offered the vaccine through their healthcare provider. Others in this category will be able to access vaccination through their local health department or through arrangements with healthcare systems and pharmacies. In addition, The Department of Corrections, local and regional jails, local and regional jails, and their occupational health programs will vaccinate staff and persons living in correctional facilities, with local health department assistance as needed. Those living in homeless shelters and migrant labor camps will receive the vaccine through their local health department or through arrangements with healthcare systems and pharmacies.
Here's the latest statewide information concerning the pandemic.
Statewide Case Information
Total Cases: 377,300
People Hospitalized: 18,636
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 5,226
All Health District – Current 7-day Positivity Rate PCR Only = 16.7%
Long-Term Care Facilities: 739
Congregate Setting: 714
Correctional Facility: 117
Healthcare Setting: 172
Child Care: 101
The Small Business Administration has announced that the federal Paycheck Protection Program will reopen beginning next week, offering a much-needed financial lifeline to small businesses that have been suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic for almost a year.
The City of Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development and Capital One are now accepting applications for the second cohort of business owners for the Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program. Led by Capital One, the program provides business owners with the tools, resources and counsel needed to succeed in today’s marketplace. A part of Capital One’s Impact Initiative, the program aims to accelerate the success of small business owners to create more jobs, strengthen the local economy and move our society toward a more equitable future.
The City of Richmond has invested $250,000 in its most recent show of support for the small business community, offering 500 PPE supply kits for pickup at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Any business within the Richmond city limits is eligible to sign up to pick up a kit on Monday, January 11 or Thursday, January 14. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, city staff will be outside the 5th Street entrance to the Convention Center to distribute supply kits to business owners. The kits will include three bottles of spray disinfectant, a gallon jug of disinfectant, a disinfectant wipe dispenser, 1,800 disinfectant wipes, a gallon jug of hand wash, two gallon jugs of hand sanitizer, two boxes of nitrile gloves and 100 masks. The kits are specifically designed for small businesses to provide as safe as possible an experience for employees and customers.
In an effort to keep our older adults and individuals with disabilities engaged during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Office of Aging and Disability Services has planned several new virtual programs.:
January 12 TRIAD Meeting –10 am – 11 am- A safety meeting for older adults to include the Richmond Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.
January 13 Ways to Keep You & Your Family Lean w/Lean Protein- 11 am – Noon - Discover what protein works together with other nutrients to make you strong and healthy. Facilitated by Kim Logan, Virginia Cooperative Extension
January 20 Protect Yourself from Scams -11 am – Noon – Protect yourself from scams targeting older adults. Facilitated by David Malakouti, Office of the Attorney General
January 27 10 Ways to Show Your Brain Some Love – 11 am – 12:30 pm- Learn important ways to keep your brain healthy. Facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond
February 4 Aging & Disabilities Advisory Board Meeting - 10 am – Noon - Monthly board meeting addressing the needs of Richmond’s older adults and individuals with disabilities.
The City has issued a request for qualifications/proposals (RFQ/P), launching a competitive process to bring a world-class resort casino to Richmond, subject to voter approval. The proposals are due to the city by no later than 3:00 pm EST on February 22, 2021. At that time, the administration will begin the selection process, which will include resident feedback and third-party expert consultation. Interested parties can view the RFQ/P here or at www.rva.gov/economic-development/resort-casino. Responses must be delivered to Leonard Sledge, Director of Economic Development, per the instructions in the RFQ/P by no later than 3:00 pm EST on February 22, 2021.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, the City is offering a collaborative pandemic response. Please call the homeless crisis line at 804-972-0813.
We are days away from the January 17 deadline for the COVID Cares utility relief program! Please take note of the remaining “tent” events around the city. The application process is easy and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. DPU staff will be onsite to help customers complete the application.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm for all locations listed below
Southside Community Services Center
01/05/2021 and 01/12/2021
North Avenue Library
01/07/2021 and 01/14/2021
The Market @ 25th
01/08/2021 and 01/15/2021
Ellen F. Robertson
Richmond City Council