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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.
I'm writing this week to ask you to take extreme caution to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are experiencing a high level uptick in the number of cases in Virginia. As I reflect on the events we've experiences as individuals, and as a nation, I know that we will bounce back. It is now more important than ever to recognize the potential outcomes and the current impacts to the 6th District and across the City.
Governor Northam announced limitations to public and private gatherings, an expanded mask mandate, strengthened enforcement at retail businesses and an alcohol curfew. These restrictions have taken effect, today.
Governor Northam decided to make this decision in the wake of national and statewide surges in COVID-19 cases. Positive tests and hospitalizations are increasing in all five health districts. We are taking steps now to make sure things do not get worse.
The new restrictions mandate public and private gatherings be limited to 25 individuals instead of the current 250 person cap. The cap does not apply to religious services, employment or schools. The rule will only limit things such as parties, celebrations and social events.
In addition, all Virginians over the age of 5 will be required to wear masks indoors, previously children under 10 were not required to wear a mask.
Essential retail businesses such as grocery stories and pharmacies will also experience a stricter enforcement of rules such as face covering use, physical distancing and extra cleaning. Violations can now be enforced as Class One misdemeanors.
Those establishments serving alcohol on-site such as breweries, restaurants and bars will be required to cease alcohol sales, consumption and possession by 10 p.m.
The COVID-19 case count in Virginia has been averaging around 1,500 per day. The surge is particularly evident in Southwest Virginia.
Hospitalizations have increased by more than 35% in the last month.
Virginia cases are up by 2,677 bringing the state total to 204,637. The daily case count for today is the highest its ever been since the pandemic started.
The current 7-day positivity rate is 7.3 percent — over the last couple of weeks, this rate has been steadily increasing.
3,806 Virginians have died from COVID-19.
The state has had 1,417 COVID-19 outbreaks resulting in over 30,000 cases.
Richmond has 5,963 cases reported and 78 deaths.
There are upcoming testing events scheduled in Richmond:
Tuesdays, November 17 and 24 — Walmsley UMC
2950 Walmsley Blvd, Richmond, VA 23234.;
4 PM - 5 PM
Tuesday, November 17**
Eastern Henrico Health Department
1400 N Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23223
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
**Drive Thru Event. Only 50 tests are available. Registration required
Thursday, November 19*
Regency Square (Parking Deck)
1420 N Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
*Drive Thru Event.
CALL COVID-19 HOTLINE TO REGISTER
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except major holidays.
I will continue to focus on getting through the pandemic and finding innovative solutions to assist.
Continue to take care of yourself, your family, your neighbors and your friends - put in a phone call, send a text, practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear your mask and stay home as much as possible.
We will get through this.
Ellen F. Robertson
Richmond City Council