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Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 18

September 16, 2021

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host a FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon at Kingdom Cathedral, 3820 Stoneshore Road.

Available vaccines include Johnson & Johnson (one dose), and the first and second doses of Moderna, and Pfizer. Third doses are also available, as directed by the CDC, for those individuals who are immunocompromised. This includes people who have received an organ transplant, who are actively being treated for cancer, who have HIV, or are receiving any other treatment that affects their immune system. It is recommended that individuals who believe they may be eligible for the third dose should consult their physician, or refer to CDC guidelines: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Appointments for Saturday are encouraged, however, walk-ins will be accepted. Children under 18 will receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Visit the link below to schedule your appointment time:
https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/5616129078

The Delta variant is dominant in Virginia, driving an increase in COVID-19 cases. Vaccines are our best defense, drastically reducing the risk of infection and hospitalization.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Vaccines for COVID-19" page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 11 - Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 11

    September 9, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host a FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at New Hope Baptist Church, 395 Old Great Neck Road.

    Available vaccines include Johnson & Johnson (one dose), and the first and second doses of Moderna and Pfizer. Third doses are also available, as directed by the CDC, for those individuals who are immunocompromised. This includes people who have received an organ transplant, who are actively being treated for cancer, who have HIV, or are receiving any other treatment that affects their immune system. It is recommended that individuals who believe they may be eligible for the third dose should consult their physician, or refer to CDC guidelines: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

    Appointments for Saturday are encouraged, however, walk-ins will be accepted. Children under 18 will receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Visit the link below to schedule your appointment time:
    https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/6015129778

    The Delta variant is dominant in Virginia, driving an increase in COVID-19 cases. Vaccines are the best defense, drastically reducing the risk of infection and hospitalization.

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 'Vaccines for COVID-19' page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.

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  • Military Circle Mall Regional Site Announces Testing and Vaccination Opportunities for the Week of September 6 - Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Military Circle Mall Regional Site Announces Testing and Vaccination Opportunities for the Week of September 6

    September 3, 2021

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds everyone that many locations are available throughout the region and across the Commonwealth for individuals seeking COVID-19 testing. Testing demand has increased across the region, as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. The regional site at Military Circle Mall continues testing again this coming Wednesday.

    Following a second week of robust response to the first COVID-19 community testing event at the Military Circle Mall (MCM), where 194 individuals were tested, VDH will be providing testing opportunities each week through the month of September and possibly beyond. This is in addition to the ongoing vaccination efforts being held at the MCM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Dr. Parham Jaberi, Acting Health Director for the Norfolk Health Department reports that the number of individuals interested in vaccinations has been on the rise over the last several weeks. He notes, “While the MCM saw anywhere between 69-197 patients in July, this past Tuesday (8/31) there were 340 individuals presenting for vaccinations, and 215 on Thursday (9/2).” This includes immunocompromised individuals now seeking a 3rd dose.

    VACCINATION clinics at the MCM (located at 880 N. Military Highway) will be held next week on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and up. Children 12-17 are authorized for the Pfizer vaccine only. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian accompanying them in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted, but advanced registration is encouraged. Those who would like to register for a specific time should visit the links below:

    September 7, 2021 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    All vaccines – https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/6005129788

    September 9, 2021 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    All vaccines – https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/1625976980

    TESTING clinic at the MCM will be held Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 1-5 p.m. Testing is available for ages 3 and up. Minors must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No registration is needed. Just walk right in. PCR testing only.

    There is no cost to receive the vaccine or testing.

    Masks are required while attending the vaccination clinic at the Military Circle Mall. Please also bring identification (ID) with you; accommodations may be made for those without an ID. For those who are seeking a second vaccine dose, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card. If you have misplaced or lost your card, you may visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ to request a new record. Click on the highlighted box on the left of the page.

    Getting a Covid-19 vaccine is the most important thing that can be done to stop the spread of the virus.

    For any questions, please contact the Norfolk COVID-19 hotline: (757) 683-2745.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Virginia Beach Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    August 24, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinics at two local churches this week.

    Available Vaccines include Johnson & Johnson (one dose), and the first and second doses of Moderna, and Pfizer (Comirnaty). Third doses are also available, as directed by the CDC, for those individuals who are immunocompromised. This includes people who have received an organ transplant, who are actively being treated for cancer, who have HIV, or are receiving any other treatment that affects their immune system. It is recommended that individuals who believe they may be eligible for the third dose should consult their physician, or refer to CDC guidelines.

    www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

    Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins will be accepted. Children under 18 will receive the Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Visit the link below to schedule your appointment time.

    Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021-More Than Conquerors Church, 1101 Eaglewood Drive, 4-6 p.m.
    vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/2069881659

    Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021-Kingdom Cathedral, 3820 Stoneshore Road, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/6015129688

    The Delta variant is dominant in Virginia, driving an increase in COVID-19 cases. Vaccines are our best defense, drastically reducing the risk of infection and hospitalization.

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 'Vaccines for COVID-19' page www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

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  • Health Department to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Several Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Health Department to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Several Virginia Beach City Public Schools

    July 29, 2021

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health have partnered to offer FREE COVID-19 vaccinations to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, Aug. 2-5, at several schools.

    Those under 18 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine and will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Adults will have the option of either the Pfizer (two dose) or Johnson & Johnson (one dose) vaccines. All clinics will be open from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged and can be made using the links below; however, walk-ins are welcome.

    Monday, Aug. 2 | College Park Elementary, 1110 Bennington Road
    https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/5769530621

    Tuesday, Aug. 3 | Green Run Elementary, 1200 Green Garden Circle
    https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/5614629075

    Wednesday, Aug. 4 | Birdneck Elementary, 957 S Birdneck Road
    https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/5617329075

    Thursday, Aug. 5 | Bayside Middle School, 965 Newtown Road
    https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/appointment/en/reg/5931650172

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Vaccines for COVID-19" page: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html

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  • Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Saturday, July 10 - Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Health Department to Host Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Saturday, July 10

    July 8, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will host FREE COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Saturday, July 10. Available vaccines include Johnson & Johnson (one dose) and Pfizer (first and second dose). Appointments for Saturday are encouraged; however, walk-ins will be accepted. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

    Visit the links below to schedule your appointment time:

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Vaccines for COVID-19" page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

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  • Health Department to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Several Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Monday, July 12, 2021
  • Health Department to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Several Virginia Beach City Public Schools

    July 9, 2021

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health have partnered to offer FREE COVID-19 vaccinations to students, faculty, staff, and the general public, from July 12-15, at several schools.

    Those under 18 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine and will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Adults will have the option of either the Pfizer (two dose) or Johnson & Johnson (one dose) vaccines. All clinics will be open from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Second dose clinics will be held at the same locations Aug. 2-5. Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins will also be accepted.

    Visit the links below to schedule your appointment time:

    For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Vaccines for COVID-19" page: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19

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  • Governor Northam Announces 70 Percent of Adult Virginians Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose - Thursday, July 8, 2021
  • Governor Northam Announces 70 Percent of Adult Virginians Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

    June 21, 2021

    Virginia reaches key vaccination milestone two weeks ahead of July 4 goal set by President Biden.

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that 70 percent of adults 18 years and older in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Virginia is the 16th state in the nation to meet this goal set by President Joe Biden in early May and reaches the key vaccination milestone two weeks ahead of the nationwide July 4 target. To date, over 8.8 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia and more than 4.2 million individuals, or 60.3 percent of the population 18 and older, are fully vaccinated.

    Governor Northam and state public health officials celebrated Virginia’s vaccination milestone during an event at Hope Pharmacy, a small, minority-, woman-owned pharmacy in Richmond. Still photos, video, and raw audio footage from this event are available for media use here, credit to Office of Governor Northam.

    “Virginia has reached a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “Thanks to the millions of Virginians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, the virus is in retreat, our economy is growing, and we are closer to putting this pandemic behind us. A statewide effort has brought us to this point, with strong partnerships in our communities, health systems, the private sector, and across all levels of government. Even as we celebrate this tremendous achievement, we will continue working together to vaccinate everyone who is eligible so our Commonwealth can keep moving forward.”

    Virginia continues to see a significant decline in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. New daily cases exceeded a seven-day moving average of 5,900 in early January and dropped under 250 by June 1. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 peaked in early January with a seven-day moving average above 2,600 and had decreased to nearly 500 by June 1. Deaths from COVID-19 reached a seven-day moving average of 83 in mid-January and fell below 7 by June 1. Additional data on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Virginia can be found on VDH’s data dashboards. As Virginia’s vaccination program proceeds, VDH will continue to monitor trends including vaccination uptake, COVID-19 variants, and outbreaks.

    “We are deeply grateful to all those who have been vaccinated and to the vaccinators helping Virginia reach and surpass this milestone,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “There are still Virginians we need to reach and our efforts to make vaccination as accessible and as convenient as possible will continue. Those who have yet to get the vaccine are encouraged to do so to protect themselves and to keep others safe, particularly children under 12, people with weakened immune systems, or individuals who cannot be vaccinated for other reasons.”

    Federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15 has made more than 400,000 additional Virginians eligible to get vaccinated, and about 30 percent of individuals in that age group have received the vaccine so far. VDH will continue working with school districts to make the vaccine available to students as the vaccination efforts shift from large-scale vaccination sites to health care providers, pharmacies, and mobile vaccine clinics.

    “Virginia’s remarkable progress is a testament to the commitment, coordination, and leadership of our local health districts, community-based organizations, faith leaders, National Guard members, and so many others,” said Virginia Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny TK Avula. “While there is still work to do in addressing vaccine hesitancy, I remain confident that we can keep this momentum going and defeat this virus.”

    “Reaching this goal shows that Virginians are serious about wanting this pandemic to end and wanting to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey, MD. “This has been a team effort with Virginians, and we look forward to continuing to protect our communities.”

    With increased vaccination rates, public health metrics trending in the right direction, and revised federal guidelines, Virginia ended all COVID-19 mitigation measures on May 28. The state of emergency that Governor Northam declared on March 12, 2020 in response to COVID-19 is set to expire on June 30.

    Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces in accordance with federal CDC guidance.

    Virginians who have not been vaccinated yet are encouraged to go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) to find a nearby vaccination clinic. For answers to frequently asked questions or to learn more about vaccination for COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine.

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  • Department of Human Services and Foodbank to Hold Fourth Drive Thru Food Pantry on June 8 for Virginia Beach Residents - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Department of Human Services and Foodbank to Hold Fourth Drive Thru Food Pantry on June 8 for Virginia Beach Residents

    June 3, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (DHS) and its community partner, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, will host a fourth drive-thru food pantry for Virginia Beach residents from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 8 in the parking lot of the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, 3550 Cellar Door Way. Pantry essentials, fresh produce and proteins will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until 12 p.m. or supplies run out, whichever occurs first.

    Those participating should join the vehicle line through Dam Neck Road. Signs and volunteers will direct traffic through to the loading stations. Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times to limit person-to-person contact. In an effort to load the groceries as quickly as possible, we respectfully ask that the trunk or storage area be free of clutter or organized to avoid handling personal items.

    All groceries will be prepacked into bags and/or boxes containing a mix of fresh and shelf-stable foods such as fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy products, frozen meats, canned goods and some staple items such as pasta, sugar and flour. No substitutions are allowed. Staff and volunteers, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, will load the groceries into the trunks or rear storage areas of participating vehicles.

    "Throughout the pandemic, we have seen families and individuals worry about where their next meal will come from," said Aileen L. Smith, DHS director. "Unfortunately, this hardship will not immediately vanish with a vaccine. It is so important to ensure these households are able to have access to fresh, healthy food as they recover from the financial impacts of the past 15 months. Thanks to our partnership with the Foodbank, we can help lessen that worry."

    "Since the start of the pandemic, we've seen an increased need for food assistance for families facing food insecurity in our service area; and we anticipate that need to grow over the next few months, especially for the 11,740 food insecure children in Virginia Beach home from school this summer," said Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols, president & CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. "We are grateful for our partnership with DHS and our Virginia Beach partner agencies who share our commitment to ensuring families and children have access to healthy food as they work to recover from this public health crisis."

    On Oct. 20, 2020, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to provide an $8 million grant to launch the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership, which the United Way of South Hampton Roads is managing, to engage other local nonprofits, such as the Foodbank, to provide relief to Virginia Beach residents. This, and the previous drive-thru pantries, are a direct result of that partnership. To date, we have served more than 3,600 households with the Foodbank. Other relief measures included in the grant provide assistance for small businesses and individuals/families as well as workforce development programs.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC Guidance, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on May 28 - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC Guidance, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on May 28

    May 14, 2021

    Commonwealth has administered nearly 7 million vaccines, 63 percent of Virginia adults have received at least one dose.

    Governor Ralph Northam today lifted Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Governor Northam also announced that Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned. The updates to Virginia’s mask policy are reflected in amendments to Executive Order Seventy-Two and will become effective at midnight tonight along with previously announced changes to mitigation measures.

    Governor Northam made the announcement in a new video message.

    Virginia is able to take these steps as a result of increasing vaccination rates, dramatically declining COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and statewide test positivity rate, and revised federal guidelines.

    “Virginians have been working hard, and we are seeing the results in our strong vaccine numbers and dramatically lowered case counts,” said Governor Northam. “That’s why we can safely move up the timeline for lifting mitigation measures in Virginia. I strongly urge any Virginian who is not yet vaccinated to do so—the vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. The message is clear: vaccinations are how we put this pandemic in the rearview mirror and get back to being with the people we love and doing the things we have missed.”

    The CDC guidelines state that fully-vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public transit, in health care facilities, and in congregate settings. Businesses retain the ability to require masks in their establishments. Employees who work in certain business sectors—including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment—must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, per CDC guidance. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings.

    The state of emergency in Virginia will remain in place at least through June 30 to provide flexibility for local government and support ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Governor Northam will take executive action to ensure individuals have the option to wear masks up to and after that date. Masks will continue to be required in K-12 public schools, given low rates of vaccination among children.

    To encourage all Virginians to take advantage of available COVID-19 vaccines, Governor Northam is inviting Virginians to participate in the “It’s Our Shot, Virginia: Statewide Day of Action” on Tuesday, May 18.

    Virginians can take part in the Day of Action by:

    1. Signing up to be a COVID Community Ambassador. Ambassadors will help share COVID-19 updates and materials from top experts and sources with their networks and in their local community. Sign up to become a COVID Community Ambassador here.
    2. Sharing your vaccination story on social media. Add a Facebook profile photo frame, upload a backdrop to your next virtual meeting, or record a short video highlighting why you chose to get vaccinated using the hashtag #VaccinateVirginia.

    Virginia has administered nearly 7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 4 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, representing over 63 percent of Virginia’s adult population. Governor Northam has said he remains confident the Commonwealth will meet President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4.

    COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the percent of positive tests continue to fall throughout the Commonwealth. Virginia is currently reporting a positivity rate of 3.5 percent, which is lower than at any time since the start of the pandemic. The Commonwealth’s seven-day average of new cases is 555, the lowest number in over 10 months. Virginia is currently recording its lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations at 684. For additional data on COVID-19 on Virginia and vaccination efforts, please see the Virginia Department of Health’s data dashboards.

    Virginians over the age of 12 can schedule a vaccination appointment by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Beginning Monday, May 17, the call center hours will change to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

    The full text of Seventh Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine, which takes effect on May 15, can be found here.

    The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Nine, which takes effect on Friday, May 28, can be found here.

    Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • Nonprofit Grants Application Now Open - Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  • Nonprofit Grants Application Now Open

    April 27, 2021

    ​In March, Virginia Beach City Council voted to provide an additional $12.4 million in funding to the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership to continue providing resources and assistance to Virginia Beach residents, small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Of that, $6 million was designated to United Way of South Hampton Roads to provide grants to assist nonprofits with operational costs and expenses in the wake of the pandemic.

    Applications are due by Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. Eligible applicants must:

    • Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) located in or serving the City of Virginia Beach
    • Be registered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture Division of Consumer Affairs
    • Be able to submit an IRS Form 990 or 990EZ from within the last two (2) years
    • Have a board of directors with a minimum of five (5) members that meets at least four (4) times per year and has direct local control of finances
    • Not be controlled in whole or in part by a church or sectarian society
    • Comply with local, state and national legal requirements related to nondiscrimination
    • Have suffered a negative economic impact from COVID-19

    Grant funds can be used for wages and benefits, rent, utilities, insurance, other operational costs or program expenses. To learn more about eligibility or application requirements or to apply, visit vbrelief.org and select "nonprofit organization" on the first step of the form.

    The Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership is a collaboration that includes United Way of South Hampton Roads, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads Workforce Council and LISC Hampton Roads. Since launching on November 17, VBrelief.org has received over 65,000 views and 7,600 requests for assistance.

    Visit VBrelief.org to learn more.

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  • Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula on Federal Action Regarding Johnson & Johnson Vaccine - Monday, April 26, 2021
  • Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula on Federal Action Regarding Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

    April 23, 2021

    Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted their recommended pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following the recommendation of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that the vaccine should be cleared for use by all adults. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will follow that guidance and instruct providers across the Commonwealth that they are free to resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately.

    This extra scrutiny should instill confidence in the system that is in place to guarantee COVID-19 vaccine safety. As with any vaccine, we encourage individuals to educate themselves on any potential side effects and to weigh that against the possibility of hospitalization or death from COVID-19.

    We encourage all Virginians to schedule an appointment to receive one of the three available free COVID-19 vaccines by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

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  • LATEST COVID-19 NEWS FROM THE CITY AND STATE - CLICK ON HEADLINES FOR THE FULL RELEASE - Friday, April 23, 2021
  • LATEST COVID-19 NEWS FROM THE CITY AND STATE - CLICK ON HEADLINES FOR THE FULL RELEASE

    Department of Human Services and Foodbank to Hold Fourth Drive Thru Food Pantry on June 8 for Virginia Beach Residents

    June 3, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, will host a fourth drive-thru food pantry for Virginia Beach residents from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 8 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater.


    Anyone 16 and older is eligible for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

    If the convention center location isn't convenient, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to access the CDC’s VaccineFinder website, which allows you to search a map-based site for appointments near you. Minors (under the age of 18) will need to have a parent or guardian with them at the vaccination site in order to receive the vaccine. You may also call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682) for assistance.


    Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC Guidance, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on May 28

    May 14, 2021

    Governor Ralph Northam today lifted Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Contractor Assume Management of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Virginia Beach Convention Center - Friday, April 23, 2021
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Contractor Assume Management of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Virginia Beach Convention Center

    April 23, 2021

    Operational transition should be seamless for the general public.

    The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and its contractor, AshBritt, are assuming responsibility for the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) starting Monday, April 26. It will operate for at least the next 45 days.

    Today is the last clinic at the site that has been jointly operated by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) and the City of Virginia Beach since January. Walk-in vaccinations are available at the VBCC today, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Starting April 26, an appointment will be required to be vaccinated. No walk-ups will be accepted. Residents seeking first-dose vaccine appointments may search for available times at VaccineFinder.org using the VBCC zip code 23451 or, by calling the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) hotline at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Appointments at the VBCC will be available Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Virginia residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Minors under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian with them at the vaccination site in order to receive the vaccine.

    Those coming to be vaccinated should bring a copy of their appointment invitation (email, text) or proof of their name and plan to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to their appointments to avoid unnecessarily long lines. Anyone who arrives too early will be asked to wait in their vehicle. All attendees will be required to maintain social distance and wear a mask. Sanitation crews and nursing staff will be cleaning surfaces throughout the day.

    Anyone who already received their first dose vaccine at the VBCC will still be able to get their second dose at the same location and should schedule their second dose vaccine through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Starting April 26, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered for all first doses, however, anyone who received a first dose of Moderna will still be able to get the second dose Moderna vaccine.

    After April 22, all first dose shots will be tracked in PrepMod and any second doses that arise from them. VAMS will no longer be used as the tracking system for first dose shots.

    If a power outage or severe weather prevents people from getting to the building (i.e., flooding) patients should contact the state call center (877-829-4682) to schedule a new appointment.

    VDEM has been opening CVCs across the state since March 15. This is a part of the commonwealth's strategy to utilize five primary distribution channels which includes pharmacies, hospitals, providers, local health district vaccination events and the large CVCs. VBDPH will continue to offer vaccination clinics in strategically targeted underserved communities throughout the City.

    For more information, visit Vaccinate.Virginia.gov.

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  • Department of Human Services Hosting Drive-Thru Food Pantry on April 27 - Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Department of Human Services Hosting Drive-Thru Food Pantry on April 27

    April 19, 2021

    The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its partner, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, will hold a third drive-thru food pantry for Virginia Beach residents at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27 in the parking lot of the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, 3550 Cellar Door Way. Fresh food and pantry essentials will be handed out on a first come, first served basis until 1 p.m. or supplies run out, whichever occurs first.

    Vehicles can join the line by entering through Dam Neck Road, where signs and volunteers will direct traffic to the loading stations. Participants are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times to limit person-to-person contact. A photo ID will be necessary to verify Virginia Beach residency.

    All items will be prepacked into bags and/or boxes containing a mix of fresh and shelf-stable foods such as fruit & vegetables, bread, dairy products, frozen meats, canned goods, and some staple items such as pasta, sugar and flour. No substitutions are allowed. Staff and volunteers, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, will load the groceries into the trunks or rear storage areas of participating vehicles.

    "The financial impacts of the pandemic are an ongoing concern for many families and individuals in our community," said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. "DHS is proud to be a partner with the Foodbank, serving alongside them to get food into the hands of those who need it most."

    "Throughout this public health crisis, ensuring people have access to healthy, nutritious food has been the top priority for the Foodbank," said Emma Inman APR, Vice President, Programs and Development of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. "The partnership with DHS, along with our other Virginia Beach partner agencies, extends our service to the many individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."

    On Oct. 20, 2020, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to provide an $8 million grant to launch the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership, which the United Way of South Hampton Roads is managing, to engage other local nonprofits, such as the Foodbank, to provide relief to Virginia Beach residents. This and previous drive-thru pantries are a direct result of that partnership. To date, we have served more than 2,200 households with the Foodbank. Other relief measures included in the grant provide assistance for small businesses and individuals/families as well as workforce development programs.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Pause in Administration of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine - Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Pause in Administration of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

    April 13, 2021

    We are closely monitoring the actions by the federal government to pause all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations while it investigates an extremely rare possible side effect. In Virginia, we will cease all Johnson & Johnson vaccines until this investigation is complete. If you have an upcoming appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be contacted to reschedule that appointment.

    This pause is reassuring in that it demonstrates that the systems that are in place to monitor vaccine safety are working. We look forward to a thorough review by federal health officials. Meantime, we will continue Virginia’s vaccine rollout at this time with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

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  • Virginia Beach Already Moving into Phase 2: Appointments Available This Week - Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Virginia Beach Already Moving into Phase 2: Appointments Available This Week

    April 5, 2021

    Virginia Beach community mass vaccination program is closing in on 100,000th vaccine.

    The time has come: anyone 16 and older who lives or works in Virginia Beach is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This transition to Phase 2 comes on the heels of the move to 1C last week and is well ahead of the April 18 deadline Governor Northam set.

    "We actually have appointment slots available for Phase 2 qualified individuals starting this week. People who pre-register today may receive invitations to schedule appointments within a few hours," said Robert Engle, emergency planner with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH). "We will continue to prioritize those eligible in Phase 1 as we move into Phase 2, and continue the focus on equity and reaching our vulnerable populations," he said. Those efforts include targeted advertising in multiple languages, working with community partners to schedule vaccination clinics, and opening large, state-run Community Vaccination Centers in targeted areas.

    "This is a major milestone for our community," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "It's a testament to the incredible partnership between the City and VBDPH, and especially to the dedication of the scores of volunteers who have been showing up day after day to get shots in arms. We could not have gotten to this day so soon without our incredible volunteers or without the City redeploying staff to make sure everything was covered."

    Everyone who lives or works in Virginia Beach should pre-register so they can be notified when they are eligible for vaccination and an appointment is available. Pre-registration may be completed by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1). Assistance is available in English, Spanish and more than 100 other languages. Videoconferencing in American Sign Language is also available via vaccinate.virginia.gov.

    Virginia Beach residents and workers who have received an invitation to schedule an appointment in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and have had difficulty finding an available timeslot should select 23451 as the zip code and "limited clinic" as the clinic type. Keep checking VAMS as new clinic appointment slots are continually being added. If you are having trouble finding your invitation email, search "CDC" in your inbox. Residents or workers having problems scheduling an appointment should email the Health Department at VaccinateVB@vdh.virginia.gov.

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  • LATEST COVID-19 NEWS FROM THE CITY AND STATE - CLICK ON HEADLINES FOR THE FULL RELEASE - Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • LATEST COVID-19 NEWS FROM THE CITY AND STATE - CLICK ON HEADLINES FOR THE FULL RELEASE

  • Virginia Beach Opens Vaccinations to Residents in Phase 1c - Thursday, April 1, 2021
  • Virginia Beach Opens Vaccinations to Residents in Phase 1c

    April 1, 2021

    Individuals who qualify for Phase 1c and have pre-registered are now being invited to schedule vaccination appointments and the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) expects to transition to Phase 2 soon. Anyone 16 years old and older who lives or works in Virginia Beach and would like to be vaccinated should pre-register at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). To date, 173,352 doses have been administered, 113,709 have had at least one dose and 60,671 people are fully vaccinated in Virginia Beach.

    "People who successfully pre-registered for phases 1a and 1b have been sent invitations to schedule an appointment, so email us at VaccinateVB@vdh.virginia.gov if you are still waiting," said Bob Engle, emergency coordinator for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. "We have approximately 6,000 people registered for phase 1c, so we expect to quickly transition to phase 2. We're encouraging everyone to go ahead and pre-register."

    Those who have received an invitation to schedule an appointment in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) and have had difficulty finding an available timeslot should select 23451 as the zip code and "limited clinic" as the clinic type. Keep checking VAMS as new clinic appointment slots are continually being added.

    People who work in the following broad job fields qualify for phase 1c:

    • Energy: Electric industry, petroleum industry (including gas station workers), natural gas industry, and renewable energy
    • Water, wastewater, and waste removal: Water and utility, recycling removal, plumbers
    • Housing and construction: Hotel (traveler accommodations), HVAC technicians, hardware stores and similar retail stores, housing construction, house painters, electricians, housing and real estate services
    • Food Service: Restaurant (servers and back of house)
    • Transportation and Logistics: Shipyard, maritime, welcome center, road construction industry, air traffic controllers and TSA, airline pilots, flight crews, airline ground crews, airport personnel, car retail and repair
    • Institutions of Higher Education: Faculty and staff
    • Finance: Insurance carriers and related activities, accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services
    • Information Technology and Communication: Internet/cell phone technicians, workers responsible for infrastructure construction or restoration, data center operators
    • Legal Services: Workers supporting operations of the judicial system, including lawyers and others providing legal assistance. (Note: judges and judicial workers are included in the "Continuity of Government" group in Phase 1b.)
    • Public Safety: Engineers, emergency communication centers
    • Hair Stylists: Barbers, stylists, hairdressers

    For additional information visit vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine.

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  • Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise - Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise

    March 23, 2021

    Approximately one in four Virginians vaccinated with at least one dose.

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1. He amended Executive Order Seventy-Two with the next steps of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of the virus. More than two million Virginians, or approximately one in four people, have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    “With increased vaccination capacity and our health metrics continuing to trend the right direction, we can safely take these targeted steps to ease certain mitigation measures,” said Governor Northam. “Virginians have come so far over the past year, and now is not the time to simply throw the doors open or let down our guard. While some capacity limits will be increased, we must all remember to stay vigilant and work together to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.”

    The Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued mitigation strategies like physical distancing, teleworking, and universal mask requirements. Key changes in the Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two include:

    • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 50 people for indoor settings and 100 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
    • Entertainment venues: All indoor and outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity. Indoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity or with a maximum of 500 people, an increase from the current cap of 250 people. Outdoor venues must operate at 30 percent capacity, with no specific cap on the number of attendees. These venues were previously limited to 30 percent capacity or up to 1,000 attendees, whichever was fewer.
    • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events will increase from 25 to 100 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for indoor settings, and from 250 to 500 people per field or 30 percent capacity, whichever is less for outdoor settings.
    • In-person graduation and commencement events: Last week, Governor Northam issued preliminary guidance on safe in-person graduations and commencements, which included a cap of 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue capacity for outdoor events, whichever is less. Events held indoors may have up to 500 people, or 30 percent of the venue capacity, whichever is less. Attendees must wear masks and follow other guidelines and safety protocols to ensure proper distancing.

    The full text of Fourth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine is available here. Updated guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

    Virginia has now administered more than 3.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and is currently giving approximately 50,000 shots per day. Virginians are strongly encouraged to make sure they are pre-registered at vaccinate.virginia.gov, or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA, to ensure that the Virginia Department of Health has all the relevant information to reach out when individuals are eligible to schedule vaccination appointments.

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  • Volunteer Vaccinators Needed - Monday, March 15, 2021
  • Volunteer Vaccinators Needed

    March 15, 2021

    Are you a licensed medical professional certified to give shots? Use your skills to volunteer with Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and help provide COVID-19 vaccines for the community.

    If you are a currently licensed physician, physician's assistant, nurse (RN/LPN/NP) or EMT (paramedic/advanced/intermediate) and would like to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations, your skills are urgently needed.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (DPH), in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, is now working to vaccinate Virginia Beach residents four to six days a week. This more intensive schedule is taking a toll on volunteers who comprise about half of the vaccination clinic's operational staff. Additionally, as vaccine supply increases, more vaccinators will be required to continue to quickly and efficiently inoculate Virginia Beach residents.

    Virginia Beach EMS is now recruiting volunteer vaccinators to assist with administering COVID-19 shots.

    Volunteer Vaccinator Requirements:

    • Complete an EMS volunteer application at VBEMS.com/VolunteerVaccinator (select "Create Account")
    • Provide your credentials/certifications for verification
    • Complete a brief EMS orientation over the phone
    • Complete several brief online training courses (total time required is 2-3 hours)
    • Consent to a background check performed by the Virginia Beach EMS (at the department's cost).

    "Virginia Beach EMS has long been a volunteer-driven agency and volunteers are the lifeblood of this operation," said Ed Brazle, Virginia Beach EMS Chief. "The giving spirit of these people during this difficult time has been tremendous, but we can't ask them to keep up the current pace over the next several months, and more hands will help make our clinic sustainable in the long term."

    Provided prospective candidates complete all training and required checks, they should be approved to begin vaccinating within 10 business days. Volunteers will be credentialed by EMS with ID cards and asked to submit their availability. Shifts will be scheduled by EMS with notification in advance of the vaccination clinic. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month. Clinics generally run Monday-Friday.

    Signing up to volunteer at the vaccination clinics does not obligate volunteers to provide any additional services to EMS. Email questions to vaccinators@VBgov.com.

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  • Department of Human Services Reopening to the Public on March 15 - Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Department of Human Services Reopening to the Public on March 15

    March 8, 2021

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) will reopen its doors to the public once more on Monday, March 15, under modified conditions. Day Programs such as SkillQuest, Beach House, and the Day Treatment program will remain closed until further notice.

    "We are pleased to reopen our doors once again and serve our clients through more traditional means and in a manner that is safe for all involved," said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. "Our dedicated staff have worked diligently throughout the pandemic, whether from the office or at home, to serve the needs of our community. We look forward to continuing that work, providing access to vital programs and services that impact the daily lives of families and individuals in Virginia Beach."

    Although the Department will be open to the public, customers are encouraged to connect with services electronically whenever possible to limit the number of people in the facilities at any given time. In the event a face-to-face meeting is necessary, it should be scheduled by appointment and held in a setting where social distancing can be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Exceptions will be made in the event that crisis intervention or an immediate response is required.

    In accordance with Governor Northam's executive order requiring face coverings to be worn while in public, we respectfully ask that any visitors do so as they are able. In the event an individual is not able to wear a face covering under any of the exemptions outlined in the order, we will accommodate their needs in a manner that is safe for all involved. We will not deny services, however we may provide those services through alternative means when necessary and appropriate to do so.

    For a complete list of programs and services, and any deviations from normal operations, please visit VBgov.com/DHSReopen.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • Libraries to Reopen for Limited In-Person Services on March 15, 2021 - Monday, March 8, 2021
  • Libraries to Reopen for Limited In-Person Services on March 15, 2021

    March 8, 2021

    Beginning Monday, March 15, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will expand services by adding limited in-person visits at all locations except at the Windsor Woods Area Library, which remains closed for renovation. Customers will be able to come into the buildings to browse and check out materials as well as access computers, printers and internet, and other services.

    Safety Measures

    • Face coverings are required.
    • A limited number of customers may be admitted at a time, based on each branch's size, to ensure proper social distancing.
    • Customers are asked to keep visits to one hour to maximize library access for all residents.
    • Some spaces and furnishings may be unavailable, including the children's rooms at Kempsville, Princess Anne and the TCC/City Joint-Use Library.

    Branch hours vary by location; visit www.VBgov.com/locations-hours for details.

    Digital Resources & Programs
    Digital options, including e-books, music, magazines, movies and more are available at www.VBgov.com/digital-library. Virtual programs for all ages are also available at www.VBgov.com/library-events.

    About Virginia Beach Public Library
    Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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    Notifications

    Vaccination Info

    Wednesday, June 16, is the last day the community vaccination clinic at the VB Convention Center will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations (hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.).

    Anyone 16 and older who lives or works in Virginia Beach is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • First and second dose Pfizer and Moderna as well as single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available.
    • After June 16, 2021, if you need to get a COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov to look up vaccination sites.

    Residents seeking vaccine appointments:

    • Search for available vaccination locations at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) site Vaccinate.Virgina.gov
    • Appointments can also be made at the CDC site VaccineFinder.org, using the VBCC zip code 23451
    • Call the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) hotline at 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682)
    • Minors under the age of 18 will need to have a parent or guardian with them at the vaccination site in order to receive the vaccine.

    Virginia Department of Health Vaccination Information

    Virginia’s Unified Command, which oversees the Commonwealth's response to COVID-19, has established a Vaccine Unit to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Information about the COVID-19 vaccination program is changing frequently so please check the site often for updates.

    For daily updated number of vaccination doses administered and number of people vaccinated throughout the state:

    Virginia Department of Health Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions

    VDH is working on a registration system for facilities located in Virginia that want to provide COVID-19 vaccine. VDH is currently enrolling a variety of providers to administer COVID-19 vaccine. These include hospitals, long term care facilities, urgent care centers, and local health departments.

    More information about vaccine availability will be communicated as it becomes available.

    For the VDH Vaccination FAQs, click here: VDH Vaccination FAQs

    The Virginia Department of Health and medical experts from across the state have participated in virtual town halls to discuss the vaccine roll out and to answer questions.

    Vaccinate Virginia Town Hall - Feb. 10, 2021


    Vaccinate Virginia Town Hall - Dec. 16, 2020


    COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what is known about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

    Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for recommendations to help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated to help protect yourself and others.

    Use the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Record Request Portal to access your vaccination record.

    Once you have accessed your record, it can be saved, printed, or downloaded as a PDF.
    Your vaccination record will only show COVID-19 immunizations.

    If you received vaccines out of state or if a federal agency administered your vaccines, they will not show up in this self-serve portal.

    This portal is not a “vaccine passport” but serves as a way to prove you were vaccinated for COVID-19.

    If your COVID-19 vaccination records were not located, then you will need to submit your request online here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/i...

    City Operations

    Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center is open for business.

    The public is welcome to come in to adopt and reclaim pets.

    In order to facilitate social distancing, we ask that guests wait outside/in their car and please use the Facebook appointment feature to schedule a time to come in to meet/adopt a specific pet, browse the selection of pets currently available, or look for a missing pet. We will use Facebook messenger to communicate with you.

    Interested adopters: We will send you a word document questionnaire to fill out and send back prior to your appointment. We will also take your proof of current rabies/city license (for current household pets) and lease (with pet policy)/mortgage statements electronically.

    To contact VBACAC:
    Phone: 757-385-4444, option #2
    Email: VBPDAC@vbgov.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/VBAnimalCareandAdoptionCenter/

    Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

    • The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, will take the first steps to welcome guests back starting June 19, 2020.
    • New safety measures have been developed to keep guests, staff, volunteers, and animals safe, while complying with all state and local regulations concerning COVID-19.
    • Online reservations are required to create a touch-free payment process. Make reservations.
    • Limiting capacity with timed tickets, both for members and general admission
    • Requiring guests 10 and older, staff, and volunteers to wear face coverings (in accordance with the Virginia Governor's Executive Order 63)
    • Creating one-way paths throughout the Aquarium
    • Providing additional hand sanitizing stations around the Aquarium
    • Increasing sanitation procedures for high-contact surfaces in the Aquarium
    • Not accepting reservations between 1 to 2 p.m. each day so staff can conduct additional thorough cleaning and sanitization
    • Complying with all state and local regulations concerning COVID-19
    • Detailed information about the new procedures, including frequently asked questions, can be found here.

    Update: July 31, 2020

    Governor Ralph Northam outlined new actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the Hampton Roads region, which has seen a recent increase in new cases, hospitalizations, and positive tests.

    COVID-19 Beach Regulations

    The regulations are posted at each beach access and enforced. They include (updated as of July 31, 2020):

    • Stay 6 ft. apart – Please maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person (with the exception of family members)
    • Stay 10 ft. apart from other participants when playing any recreational sports
    • Wear a face covering when appropriate distancing is not possible and when entering restaurants, shops and public buildings
    • 50 people or less in groups
    • No large coolers – 39 quarts or less
    • No alcohol
    • Beginning at midnight on Friday, July 31, restrictions will prohibit the on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room.
    • All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
    • Indoor dining in these establishments will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
    • Public and private in-person gatherings over 50 people will be prohibited, down from a previous cap of 250 people.

    The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Eight and Order of Public Health Emergency Eight is available here. Read the order in Spanish here.

    Commissioner of the Revenue

    • The Commissioner of the Revenue's office is now offering citizens the opportunity to schedule online appointments for most services, including DMV Select.
    • All visitation to the Commissioner's office is by appointment only.
    • With online appointment scheduling, taxpayers can book an in-house appointment for most services offered at City Hall.
    • Citizens may schedule appointments now at: vb311.force.com/appointmentscheduler.
    • Use the convenient QR code below or visit www.vbgov.com/cor to schedule an appointment.

    Reminder: Citizens are strongly encouraged citizens to conduct business online or by phone, email and fax. Face coverings are required for conducting business inside City Hall, per the Governor's Executive Order 63.

    For more information, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's office at (757) 385-4251 or coradmin@vbgov.com.


    City Treasurer

    • The City Treasurer’s Office is now open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of the Lynnhaven location.
    • The Lynnhaven Office opening has yet to be determined. The Lynnhaven drop box will continue to be picked up daily.
    • Face coverings are required for conducting business inside City Hall, per the Governor’s Executive Order 63.
    • For more information, contact the City Treasurer’s office at (757) 385-4445 or visit www.vbgov.com/treas.

    General District Court

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​The General District Court Clerk's Office staff is available to answer general questions and to assist you as you do business with the Court. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with telephone operators on duty from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


    Circuit Court

    The Clerk's Office is open. For those of you who do not want to come into the Courthouse, there will be two lock boxes on the steps of 10B for drop offs, one for civil or criminal filings, and one for deed/land record recordings.

    The lock boxes will be checked several times during the day for paper filings, and we will handle those documents as if they were brought in at the counter.

    ​Note: Boxes will be available from 8:15am till 4:00pm Monday - Friday

    The Satellite Office location of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 1804 Princess Anne Road, Va. Beach, VA, will be closing permanently March 12, 2021 at 2:30pm.


    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

    Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Fully Reopening to the Public on July 6, 2021

    Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's main office and some services at the Housing Resource Center (HRC) have been open for limited in-person services since April. Beginning July 6, the department's offices will fully reopen to the public, as follows:

    Main Office (Rental Housing, Housing Development and Code Enforcement Divisions)
    Municipal Center – Building 18A
    Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for:

    • Walk-ins and appointments for consultation and referrals
    • Client applications and document drop-off

    Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road

    • Homeless Services walk-ins and phone calls for triage and screening available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon; closed Wednesdays for staff training and case management
    • Day Services for unsheltered adults available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Health Center doctor on site Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; support staff will provide triage Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins allowed but appointments are encouraged. Call 757-385-2437 to schedule an appointment.
    • Human Services at the HRC available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Although the department will be fully reopened to the public, residents are encouraged to connect with the department and access services electronically whenever possible:

    • Contact the department's main office at HouseNP@vbgov.com or call 757-385-5750
    • Register a code complaint online or by calling 757-385-4421
    • Families and individuals experiencing homelessness or in imminent danger of losing their home should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline, 757-227-5932, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline is the starting point for connecting with homeless services and community resources. Please note that calling the hotline does not guarantee assistance, since shelter, housing and other resources are prioritized for the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis in Virginia Beach.

    For more information about the department's reopening and safety measures, visit VBgov.com/Housing. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Department of Human Services

    Effective March 15, 2021, the Department of Human Services will reopen to the public. Clients are asked to connect with us virtually or by appointment to the greatest extent possible. We recognize that emergencies do happen, and we will accommodate all individuals in a manner that is safe for all involved.

    SkillQuest, Beach House, and our Day Treatment Programs will remain closed until further notice. Our 24/7 programs, such as group homes and intermediate care facilities, are currently closed to visitors.

    The hotlines listed below will be staffed to respond to inquiries during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted.

    Emergency Hotlines:

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of adults
      757-385-3550 Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 888-832-3858 available 24/7
    • Child Protective Services (CPS) - to report suspected neglect or abuse of children
      757-385-3400 or 800-552-7096 available 24/7
    • Emergency Mental Health Services - 757-385-0888
    • Adult Outpatient Mental Health Services (including Same Day Access) - 757-385-0511
    • Child & Youth Mental Health Services - (including Same Day Access) 757-385-0850
    • Developmental Services - 757-385-0600
    • Emergency Mental Health Services - 757-385-0888 (available 24/7)

    Eligibility Benefits Programs
    Applications for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, (TANF), Childcare Subsidy and Energy Assistance can be found online at CommonHelp.Virginia.gov. Paper SNAP applications are available near the drop box at our offices at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. Individuals who are not able to complete an application online can call 855-635-4370 for assistance.

    EBT cards can be collected in person at our main building at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., or at the Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road.

    Essential services will continue to be offered with modified conditions. For full details about connecting with our services during this closure, please visit VBgov.com/DHS-COVID-Operations. Additional information and resources are available online at DSS.Virginia.gov, DBHDS.Virginia.gov, and CommonHelp.virginia.gov.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

    Virginia Beach Department of Health

    For information on Department of Health hours for Clinics, Pharmacy, WIC Program and Dental, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/hours/.

    • Vital Statistics will be closed. Vital Statistic services will be available at the Norfolk Health Department for funeral directors/runners ONLY. The public should process their requests online through the Virginia Department of Health website.
    • Environmental Health will be offering limited services by appointment only, Monday – Friday from 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transactions are available over the phone or online. For more information, please call (757) 518-2700, option #3 or visit our website for applications at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/forms-and-applications/.

    VB Strong Center:

    • Please call to schedule telehealth visits for: individual appointments, intake and support services, class registrations.
    • Contact the VB Strong Center at 757-507-7200, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon. - Fri. or visit https://thevbstrongcenter.org/.

    Pathways Center has suspended client visitation until further notice.

    Virginia Beach Public Library branches are open for in-person visits, except for Oceanfront Area Library, which is closed for renovations.

    Branch hours vary by location; see our Locations and Hours page for more details. All dates and services are subject to change. For services that may be affected by the pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.


    Safety Measures

    VBPL is following guidelines established by the City of Virginia Beach, the State of Virginia and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to ensure the safest possible environment for staff and customers. Please wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


    Digital Resources & Programs

    Digital options, including e-books, music, magazines, movies and more are available at www.VBgov.com/digital-library. Virtual and outdoor programs for all ages are also available at www.VBgov.com/library-events

    Parks & Recreation

    Effective June 1, 2021: All 7 Recreation Centers will be open and operating normally.

    • No reservations required!
    • In accordance with new CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated patrons will no longer have to wear masks.
    • For more updates on recreation centers and Parks & Rec programs, please read the FAQ document at VBgov.com/parks.

    Princess Anne Athletic Complex, 4001 Dam Neck Road, and City View Park, 2073 Kempsville Road:

    Complete details on the rec center reopenings, including modified operating hours, will be posted at VBgov.com/reopen.

    Planning & Community Development

    Offices will continue to operate by appointment only until further notice.

    • Compete details will be posted at VBgov.com/planning
    • Site plan release/surety posting
    • Limited DSC comment review meeting
    • Residential alterations not exceeding 500 square fee
    • Residential interior alteration
    • Commercial interior alterations less than 2,500 square feet for Use Groups B, M, S, and F.
    • Appointments will be scheduled in one-hour increments. To schedule an appointment please call (757) 385-4621.
    • Staff continues to encourage submittals be dropped off in the building vestibule drop box or online.
    • In-person meetings will be limited to 10 or fewer individuals, with larger meetings continuing to be held virtually.

    For more information, visit VBgov.com/Planning.

    Virginia Beach Police Department

    • The Police Department is open to the public.
    • The Police Department is urging residents to use an online system to notify police of non-emergency crimes: Call 385-5000 and request non-emergency police services.

    Online reporting for the following crimes can be submitted via : https://eprodmz.vbgov.com/MainUI/submissions/SubmissionsMain.aspx

    • Larceny from vehicle – Property taken from a vehicle with a total value less than $500
    • Larceny – Property taken from a location other than a vehicle with a total value less than $500 (Include gas drive offs in this category)
    • Destruction of private property
    • Obscene Phone Call/Communication
    • Annoying Phone Calls/Harassing Communication​​​​​

    For emergencies, a crime in progress, or any incident in which someone was injured, please call 911


    Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services

    • Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS) has reopened the Basic Life Support (BLS) Academy enrollment.
    • VBEMS is now accepting applications for volunteers to become EMTs, serve on the Support Services Team, as well as the Marine Rescue Team.
    • For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the VBEMS website at www.vbems.com/join or call (757) 385-1999.


    Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

    As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is taking every possible precaution to safeguard the health and safety of every person living and working inside the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. In consultation with health officials and federal, state and local leadership, they are closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures to reduce the potential for an exposure in the jail.

    • On-site friends, family AND ATTORNEY visitation for inmates at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center is CANCELED for the foreseeable future.
    • For additional information, visit vbso.net/coronavirus.

    Virginia Beach Public Utilities to Resume Delinquency Turn-Offs

    Water service turn-offs for non-payment of delinquent bills have been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19; however, delinquent turn-offs are scheduled to resume on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

    During the suspension of delinquent turn-offs, customers have been encouraged to continue making regular payments on their City Services Bill and have received information on various payment assistance resources. Delinquent notices have continued to be sent for overdue balances and residential customers have continued to receive automated delinquent bill reminder courtesy calls.

    Customers are provided 90 days from the original bill date to pay their bill in full before the account is considered delinquent and eligible for service termination.

    Public Utilities customers can pay their City Services Bill in the following ways:

    Customers in need of bill payment assistance can find resources at www.vbgov.com/pu-paymentassistance. Payment assistance through the CARES Act expires on Nov. 1, 2021.

    To view your account/balance information and more, visit www.vbgov.com/puonlineservices. If you would like to use our automated system to hear your account balance, or if you would like to speak to a Call Center representative regarding your account, please call 757-385-4631.


    The Department of Public Utilities will fully reopen to the public on Thursday, July 1, 2021

    • Public Utilities Customer Service Center is located at 2809 S Lynnhaven Road, Suite 250 (second floor).
    • Masks are required for non-vaccinated individuals.
    • In-person customer service functions include:
      • Customer service requests
      • City Services Bill payments by check or money order
      • Requests for Right of Way Permit Design Sketches and Construction/As-Built plans via the Public Utilities kiosks

    Customers are still encouraged to submit customer service requests online at www.vbgov.com/puonlineservices, by email at vbwater@vbgov.com, or by phone at (757) 385-4631.

    Purchasing Office

    • Will conduct most Pre-Bids and Bids virtually.
    • Those attending bid openings are asked to wear face coverings.The public is required to remain in the reception area while waiting for a meeting to begin.
    • Access to employee offices will not be allowed unless an individual meeting request is made.
    • There is a drop box at the front of the building to drop off box for bid proposal submissions.
    • Visit VBgov.com/purchasing for contact information.

    The Real Estate Assessor's Office is currently open to the public by appointment only.

    Citizens are strongly encouraged to conduct business online or by phone, email, and fax, however, appointments will be considered to assist when necessary.

    Visit VBgov.com/realestate or contact the Real Estate Assessor's Office at 757-385-4601 or assessor@vbgov.com.

    Reminder
    Governor Ralph Northam's Executive Order 63 currently requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings, including state or local government buildings when accessed for the purpose of securing public services, to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

    The Virginia Department of Health has an online complaint form to report violations of Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 65 (Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions). The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has the authority to enforce Executive Order 63 and section A of Executive Order 65. VDH will review your complaint and forward it to your Local Health Department.

    If you have observed violations of Executive 63 or Executive Order 65 and wish to file a complaint, fill out this report form as completely as possible:

    Complete one report for each location where the incident occurred. Please be advised that any information you provide may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, Virginia Code Section 2.2-3700, et. seq.

    Waste Management has temporarily discontinued walk-in service.

    Phone service will be limited, and delays can be expected.

    For faster service, customers are encouraged to contact us through email at waste@vbgov.com, website at www.vbgov.com/wastemgt, or the SeeClickFix phone app.

    Be Aware

    Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

    The FBI, HHS-OIG, and CMS have received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information (PII) and money through various schemes. We continue to work diligently with law enforcement partners and the private sector to identify cyber threats and fraud in all forms.

    Visit the FBI website for information about potential fraudulent activity: https://www.fbi.gov/news/press...


    Recognizing Legitimate Contact Tracers from Potential Scams

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages all Virginians to respond and engage with legitimate contact tracing calls and emails while remaining vigilant against scams. The Commonwealth employs contact tracers to notify individuals who have been exposed to known cases of COVID-19. Contact tracing saves lives by preventing the spread of COVID-19, so we encourage every Virginian to do their part and answer calls, text messages, or emails from the Commonwealth’s contact tracers, while also remaining aware of potential contact tracing scams.

    Important information to know:

    • When a contact tracer is calling you, caller ID will read “VDH COVID Team.”
    • Contact tracers will not ask for money or information such as a Social Security Number (SSN), bank account details, or credit card numbers.
    • The Commonwealth does not charge individuals for contact tracing services.

    VDH News Release re: Legitimate Contact Tracers

    Malicious Website

    A malicious website pretending to be the live map for "Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases" by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users (PDF) to visit the website (corona-virus-map[dot]com). Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements and social engineering. Anyone searching the internet for a coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

    Please make sure to exercise caution when opening emails from outside organizations even if those organizations may seem reputable. Information on how to identify e-mail phishing and ransomware attacks can be found in the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (PDF) guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    Home Sanitizing Scam

    A post on NextDoor alerts of a scam involving men going door-to-door to sanitize homes. According to the post, two men wearing white uniforms are saying they are with the City and they need to sanitize your home. They will ask you to leave so they can spray inside but once inside, they will rob the home. The NextDoor post reports that it happened on Hoylake Drive near Edwin and the person says they reported it to the police. The police do not have any record of calls describing this kind of activity.

    How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of COVID-19 Scams

    Read the full FBI article

    If you believe you were a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19, or think you have information of suspicious activity by a vendor, please report it:

    • Call the Norfolk Field Office at (757) 455-0100 or 1-800-CALL-FBI
    • Submit a tip to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov
    • If it’s a cyber scam, submit your complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov
    • Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or at justice.gov/DisasterComplaintFraud

    Possible Utility Scam

    ​Virginia Beach Public Utilities was notified that some customers are receiving calls from someone claiming to work for the City. The caller advises that Public Utilities will be turning the customer's water off imminently for non-payment and requests payment over the phone. Virginia Beach Public Utilities is not currently turning customers' water service off for delinquency, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia Beach Public Utilities urges residents to never give personal or banking information to an unverified or unsolicited caller.

    Resources

    FAQs

    Money

    The application period for the City Services Bill Relief Program closed on June 20, 2021.


    Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP)

    The Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) is designed to support and ensure housing stability across the commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Depending on availability of funds and household need, the RRP may provide financial assistance for rent payments for eligible households. Tenants can apply to receive funds to pay delinquent rent arrear payments back to April 1, 2020, and up to three months of payments into the future to maintain housing stability. The total payments may not exceed a total of 15 months of rental assistance per household. Landlords may also apply for assistance on behalf of tenants.

    To determine eligibility for RRP: Visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility or call 2-1-1

    For landlords who need to submit an application on behalf of a tenant: virginiahousing.com/rentrelief.

    Short-Term Mortgage Assistance Program

    The Short-Term Mortgage Assistance Program is available to help prevent the foreclosure of eligible low- and moderate-income homeowners in Virginia Beach who have experienced loss of employment income due to COVID-19. The program provides eligible households with short-term assistance to pay mortgage payments that were delinquent on or after April 1, 2020. Assistance is provided one time and payments are made directly to the mortgage company. This program does not provide rental assistance.

    For more information on the Short-Term Mortgage Assistance Program, including eligibility requirements and to complete a pre-screening questionnaire, visit: vbgov.com/mortgageassistance.


    Homeless Prevention and Related Programs – Coordinated Intake and Referral (For people experiencing homelessness/about to become homeless):

    • Eligibility: Persons experiencing homelessness or immediately at risk of experiencing homelessness within two weeks (pandemic related or not)
    • Description: Screening and referral for available programs based on the individual’s situation; not guaranteed assistance.
    • How to apply: Call the regional Housing Crisis Hotline – phone 227-5932- the Hotline is operated by ForKids, Inc; it makes referrals for in-depth assessment and then referral to appropriate/available programs or services
    • Deadline: there is no deadline. This is an ongoing service.

    The application period for the Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Relief Program closed on Jan. 31, 2021.

    CARES Act Arts & Cultural Relief Grants

    The application period for the CARES Act Arts & Cultural Relief Grants closed on Nov. 15, 2020.

    The application period for the CARES Act Community Organization Grants closed on Oct. 1, 2020.

    CARES Act Business Assistance Grants

    The City of Virginia Beach recognizes that small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage businesses to continue their operations and help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic, the City has established a system to award monetary grants to assist businesses with costs incurred during the pandemic. These grants are intended to provide immediate financial relief for expenses already incurred by the businesses and are funded through an allocation of funds provided through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    The application period for the CARES Act Business Assistance Grants closed on Dec. 7, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership

    The Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership assists Virginia Beach residents and small businesses who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

    This is a partnership between the City, The United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and LISC Hampton Roads to provide assistance with:

    • Food access
    • Utility payments
    • Rent or mortgage assistance
    • Childcare
    • Healthcare costs
    • Job training
    • Small business grants

    For more information and to apply for assistance, visit vbrelief.org.


    2021 State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Report - This initial Recovery Plan Performance Report was submitted to the U.S. Treasury on August 31, 2021 in accordance with the agency’s Reporting Guidelines for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Specific project inventory and other programmatic data, as well as the City’s first Project and Expenditure Report, will be submitted by October 31, 2021, as directed by the Guidelines. Updates will be posted here, as well.

    Residents

    COVID-19 testing may be available at your doctor’s office, urgent care center, pharmacy, or other healthcare clinic. Some testing sites in Virginia are offering community testing events, such as drive-thru testing, Each site has different policies and procedures for testing and billing; please reach out to the individual site for information about testing availability.

    Your doctor will decide if you need a test for COVID-19. If they decide that testing is needed, they might collect samples to test you or tell you where you can go to be tested. Not everyone needs to be tested Most people who have COVID-19 are able to recover at home without medical care.

    Costs
    Many health insurance plans cover the cost of testing and related health care costs. For specific information about your health insurance coverage, call your insurance company. Most insurance covers testing cost without a co-pay.

    Uninsured or under-insured people in Virginia with COVID-19 symptoms can get tested through the state public health lab for free. Please contact a free clinic, federally qualified health center, or emergency department to have the specimen collected. Your local health department can help you get connected with one of these places for testing.

    Testing Sites

    The Virginia Department of Health has an interactive COVID-19 Testing Sites Map which provides information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH.

    There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services).

    DMV Reopening Plan

    To minimize customer volume at DMV offices and testing sites, appointments are required for specific services generally necessitating in-person service. Customers should use alternate service methods, such as online or by mail, when possible.

    DMV does not charge a fee for appointments. Please ensure that you book directly through the official Virginia DMV website. DMV cannot guarantee appointments made through third-party sites.

    • Customers are limited to one appointment per person.
    • Multiple appointments made by the same person will be canceled.
    • Customers who arrive late may need to reschedule.
    • Please do not bring other people with you to your appointment unless you need them to conduct your transaction or for personal assistance.
    • DMV can only allow a limited number of people in an office at one time.

    For a complete list of customer service centers open to the public and services currently being provided, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#appointments.asp.

    For details on DMV operations, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/.

    • The United Way provides food assistance. Contact their hotline at (757) 858-7777, or fill out an online form at unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus and a case manager will contact you.
    • For a list of food pantries open in Virginia Beach, click here. Changes in the list can occur at any time. Please call before going. Most pantries will have pre-packed non-perishable boxes.
    • PLEASE NOTE: As of Aug. 10, 2020, the food pantry at The Gathering @ Scott Memorial is closed temporarily due to COVID exposure.
    • The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, is no longer scheduling drive-through food distributions. It has reverted back to normal operations where it distributes food to partner agencies, such as food pantries.
    • To find partner agencies, search by your zip code here.


    Weekly Meal Distribution

    The Chapel Pantry at Eastern Shore Chapel is providing single-serving frozen meals for distribution to anyone who may struggle with cooking or preparing meals for themselves.

    • Location: Eastern Shore Chapel, 2020 Laskin Road
    • Meals are free for pickup every Monday from 12 - 2 p.m.
    • Healthy, delicious meals, ready to reheat in a microwave oven
    • No qualification requirement
    • No reservations are required
    • Meals may be picked up on a client’s behalf for delivery, as needed.
    • Meals will be packed as six meals per individual.
    • Drive-thru distribution
    • For more info, contact Kay O’Reilly at koreilly@easternshorechapel.org.

    Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VBDHS) has discontinued public access to building facilities until further notice. Staff will continue to work on site at various locations as well as from remote locations to meet the service needs of our citizens via telehealth (video), by phone, or out in the ​community in low exposure settings where social distancing is possible.

    Financial Assistance:

    • Medicaid (Medical Assistance): Apply online at www.CommonHelp.virginia.gov​ or call Cover VA at (855) 242-8282 or the Enterprise Call Center at 855-635-4370.
    • Food Assistance (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Care Subsidy, and Energy Assistance: Apply online at www.CommonHelp.virginia.gov​ or call 855-635-4370. ​
    • For those who cannot apply online or by phone, we’re offering appointments for curbside pick-up of SNAP EBT cards and paper applications for SNAP benefits are available near the drop box at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.
    • City of Virginia Beach Water Assistance Program: Call 757-385-3431
    • ​To report case changes, inquire about the status of benefits, and for general questions regarding SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and Energy Assistance, call 757-385-4306.
    • Child Care Subsidy: Call 757-385-3351.

    Emergency Hotlines:

    • Adult Protective Services (APS): To report suspected neglect or abuse of adults, call 757-385-3550, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or, 888-832-3858 for all calls outside of regular business hours
    • Child Protective Services (CPS): To report suspected neglect or abuse of children, call 757-385-3400 or 800-552-7096, Available 24/7
    • Emergency Mental Health Services: Call 757-385-0888

    Behavioral Health & Developmental Services:

    • Adult Outpatient Mental Health Services (including Same Day Access): 757-385-0511
    • Child & Youth Mental Health Services (Including Same Day Access): 757-385-0850
    • Developmental Services: 757-385-0600
    • Emergency Mental Health Services: 757-385-0888 (available 24/7)
    • Informational Warmline: 757-385-0978 (available M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    To address the routine and non-emergency needs of our citizens, VBDHS has created additional pathways for citizens to communicate with our essential service staff members by using the email addresses listed below. These accounts will be monitored daily Monday through Friday and responses will be provided within one business day.

    Accessible Information for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind

    Virginia Beach Department of Health

    For information on Department of Health hours for Clinics, Pharmacy, WIC Program and Dental, please visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/hours/.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program continues to accept new applicants to apply for services. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support. Remote WIC services are available for new families to enroll in the program. Appointments will be conducted over the phone. To be eligible for the WIC program, applicants must meet categorical, residential and income guidelines.

    To apply, call your local WIC office:

    • Pembroke WIC Office: (757) 518-2789
    • Norfolk Avenue WIC Office: (757) 491-5183
    • Indian River WIC Office: (757) 424-9970
    • Oceana WIC Office: (757) 491-5928

    More information about the WIC Program acan be found at the VDH website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/women-infants-and-children-wic/ or their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachWIC/.

    211 Virginia

    • 2-1-1 is Virginia’s central source for information and referrals for essential health and human service needs.
    • Online: at 211virginia.org, people can search for resources, view important alerts, and find out how to contact 211 by email, chat or phone.
    • Phone: people can dial 2-1-1. This is a free phone number that provides information about local resources such as food assistance, shelter, utility assistance, and health care. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When someone dials 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to the situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. All referrals are confidential.
    • Organizations that provide ongoing services to the general public are encouraged to add their organization to the 2-1-1 database through the link “Update/Add Your Agency” at the top of the 2-1-1 website.
    • New time-limited services that are open to the general public during this health emergency, can be sent to 211admin@councilofcommunityservices.org.

    Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Resources

    Virginia Poverty Law Center - information on a variety of important resources to assist with navigating through the pandemic including protections for tenants, temporary changes to public housing policies, and loss of income during the pandemic.


    Homeless Prevention and Related Programs – Coordinated Intake and Referral (For people experiencing homelessness/about to become homeless):

    • Eligibility: Persons experiencing homelessness or immediately at risk of experiencing homelessness within two weeks (pandemic related or not)
    • Description: Screening and referral for available programs based on the individual’s situation; not guaranteed assistance.
    • How to apply: Call the regional Housing Crisis Hotline – phone 227-5932- the Hotline is operated by ForKids, Inc; it makes referrals for in-depth assessment and then referral to appropriate/available programs or services
    • Deadline: there is no deadline. This is an ongoing service.

    Customer Service Updates:

    At this time, Public Utilities is is not disconnecting water service due to nonpayment. To avoid water service termination once service turn-offs for nonpayment are resumed, please continue to make regular payments on your account.

    Public Utilities is not accepting walk-in customers and the call center (385-4631) is only accepting urgent and emergency calls until further notice.

    Urgent and emergency calls include:

    • Water turn-on requests for new service
    • Water turn-off requests for moving out
    • No water complaints
    • Low water pressure complaints
    • Burst pipes or other emergency turn-offs
    • Meter leaks
    • Hazardous meter lids

    Routine requests can be submitted online at www.vbgov.com/puonlineservices or by email at vbwater@vbgov.com and will be processed as soon as possible.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is recruiting volunteers for its COVID-19 response. They accept volunteers with and without medical certifications. Anyone interested should register at https://www.vamrc.org.
    • If you would like to volunteer with one of the many voluntary agencies that have stepped up to assist our community at this time, visit Volunteer Hampton Roads at https://www.volunteerhr.org/coronavirus.

    Donation Opportunities

    • If you would like to make a monetary donation to assist people impacted by COVID-19, United Way of South Hampton Roads has established a Coronavirus Recovery Fund. Please visit https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/ or you can text COVID to 41444 to make a donation.
    • If you would like to make a food donation, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has changed their donation process in response to COVID-19. For up to date information on food donation visit, https://foodbankonline.org/covid-19/

    The Virginia Department of Health has an online complaint form to report violations of Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 65 (Phase Two Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions). The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has the authority to enforce Executive Order 63 and section A of Executive Order 65. VDH will review your complaint and forward it to your Local Health Department.

    If you have observed violations of Executive 63 or Executive Order 65 and wish to file a complaint, fill out this report form as completely as possible:

    Complete one report for each location where the incident occurred. Please be advised that any information you provide may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, Virginia Code Section 2.2-3700, et. seq.

    United Way of South Hampton Roads VBRelief

    The online application for assistance is now closed. We are continuing to process already submitted applications and distribute financial assistance as available.

    Rounds I and II of the VBrelief Nonprofit Grant program are also closed.

    Businesses

    The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development has developed a collection of national, state, and local resources available to businesses and employees: COVID-19 Business Resources

    In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

    SBA Debt Relief

    • The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    SBA Bridge Loans

    • Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

    For information on all the above relief funding options, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options.

    SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

    • For information on all COVID-related state tax relief for income taxpayers, visit the Virginia Tax website.

    Virginia Department of Health Guidance for Food Establishments Regarding COVID‐19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidance for businesses and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19). This inforamtion summarizes key CDC recommendations and provide VDH‐specific recommendations or details for food and food establishments.


    Guidance for Flushing Building Plumbing Systems after Prolonged Shutdown

    Public water supplies are safe and unaffected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. However, water quality within buildings that have been vacant or have seen little use during the pandemic restrictions may be impacted due the closure. To make sure stagnant water is fully removed before employees return to work, it’s important that building owners thoroughly flush their establishment’s plumbing systems before reopening. These practices are recommended for schools, daycares, lodging, offices, places of worship, event venues, retail, libraries, museums, restaurants, gyms, healthcare and other facilities which have remained closed during the COVID-19 shutdown. To flush water systems in closed buildings, Hampton Roads utility directors advise owners and property managers to follow these steps:

    For more details and guidance for large businesses, check with The Environmental Science, Policy, and Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.


    Guidance for Grease Control Device (GCD) Cleaning after Prolonged Shutdown

    Regular grease control device (GCD) maintenance and cleanings are necessary to help prevent fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the sanitary sewer system. Please review the below document to ensure your food service establishment is staying in compliance with the City of Virginia Beach’s FOG Ordinance.

    Contacts

    Information Hotlines

    • The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health hotline: 757-683-2745 (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 5 p.m. Messages will be monitored over the weekend).
    • The Virginia Department of Health hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3

    Department of Human Services Emergency Hotlines

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of adults
      • 757-385-3550, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • 888-832-3858 for all calls outside of regular business hours
    • Child Protective Services (CPS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of children
      • 757-385-3400 or 800-552-7096, Available 24/7
    • Emergency Mental Health Services - 757-385-0888

    Videos

    VB411 In the Know - Update on VBRelief Program - June 25, 2021

    VB411 In the Know - Housing Assistance - March 1, 2021

    VB411 In the Know - VB Pandemic Relief Partnership - Dec. 2, 2020

    VB411 in the Know - Halloween Guidelines - Oct. 22, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Financial Assistance Programs - Sept. 3, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - COVID-19 Relief Programs (Real Estate, PPT & City Services Bill) - July 27, 2020

    Mayor Bobby Dyer: Together We Can Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 - July 27, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Recreation Centers Reopening, June 17, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Phase Two Reopenings, June 10, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Hurricane Preparedness During the Pandemic - June 3, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Mental Health Services, May 14, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Meals Tax Holiday, May 6, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Volunteer & Donation Opportunities, April 28, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - COVID-19 Emergency Website, April 22, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Resources for Businesses, April 8, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - April 4, 2020

    VB411 In the Know - Human Services Modifications, April 1, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - March 20, 2020

    Coronavirus Update from Mayor Bobby Dyer - March 20, 2020