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Governor Northam Announces Expansion of $70 Million Rebuild VA Grant Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

September 21, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, the $70 million economic recovery fund launched in August, is expanding its eligibility criteria to allow more small businesses to apply.


Great Neck, Oceanfront and Windsor Woods Libraries to Open for Limited Services on Sept. 17; Pungo-Blackwater Branch to Close for Renovations

September 15, 2020

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will reopen an additional three of its 10 branches that have been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor Northam Announces Easing of Restrictions in Hampton Roads

September 10, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that, due to significantly improved health metrics in the Eastern Region, localities in Hampton Roads will join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.


Governor Northam Announces $4 Million to Expand Legal Aid Services for Virginians Facing Eviction

August 31, 2020

Governor will match $2 million IKEA donation with $2 million from Virginia’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Governor Ralph Northam today announced $4 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which will support 20 Legal Aid attorneys in providing services to Virginia tenants facing eviction for the next two years.


New Financial Assistance Programs Available for Virginia Beach Residents

August 25, 2020

The City of Virginia Beach has money available for qualifying applicants to help pay real estate taxes, personal property taxes, City Services bills, mortgages and certain expenses incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Virginia Beach Health Department Announces Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event - Monday, September 14, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Announces Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event

    September 14, 2020

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will be having another free COVID-19 community-based testing event on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cornerstone City of Refuge Ministries Church, 528 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach. For this event, VBDPH staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health is offering walk-up registration and testing while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

    As a part of Virginia's Health Equity Pilot Program, Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will be distributing free masks and hand sanitizer at the event. Anyone who needs these items will not be required to get tested in order to receive them.

    To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
    • Elderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
    • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Limit travel as much as possible.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event

    September 8, 2020

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will be holding another FREE COVID-19 community-based testing event on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3229 MacDonald Road, Virginia Beach. For this event, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health is offering walk-up registration and testing, while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

    As a part of Virginia's Health Equity Pilot Program, Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will be distributing free masks and hand sanitizer at the event. Anyone who needs these items will not be required to get tested in order to receive them.

    To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
    • Elderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
    • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Limit travel as much as possible.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting FREE COVID-19 Community Testing Event - Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting FREE COVID-19 Community Testing Event

    August 31, 2020

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will be holding another free COVID-19 community-based testing event on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grace River Church, 5045 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. For this event, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health is offering walk-up registration and testing, while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

    As a part of Virginia's Health Equity Pilot Program, Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will be distributing free masks and hand sanitizer at the event. Anyone who needs these items will not be required to get tested in order to receive them.

    To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
    • Elderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
    • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Limit travel as much as possible.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

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  • COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Accepting Applications Through Sept. 30 - Friday, August 28, 2020
  • COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Accepting Applications Through Sept. 30

    August 28, 2020

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) will continue to accept applications for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The program provides direct relief for households where an occupant has lost their employment, had their work hours reduced or has been furloughed due to COVID-19. Financial relief comes in the form of a check for the approved relief amount to the named recipient.

    "In light of the continued interest for this program, we have decided to extend the application window to ensure as many of our Virginia Beach residents have the opportunity to apply as possible," said DHS Financial Assistance Division Administrator Deidria Bolden. "Even if you are self-employed or have since returned to work, I would encourage you to reach out to us at VBTaxRelief@VBgov.com and discuss your situation. We may still be able to move an application forward if you are able provide sufficient documentation to support your case."

    A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. The amount of relief will be the billed total, or the benefit maximum, whichever is lower. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750. Only one application may be filed per household. Any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements.

    To be eligible for consideration, potential beneficiaries must:

    • Provide proof of eligibility criteria
    • Have established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020
    • Be unemployed at any time after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Provide a copy of their 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax bills

    Potential beneficiaries may only claim their primary residence for relief – no rental or second properties are eligible. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please note that any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.

    Additional information, including necessary documents for proof of eligibility and applications, can be found online at VBgov.com/COVID19TaxRelief.

    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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  • Virginia Beach Health Department Announces Another Free COVID-19 Community Testing Event - Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Announces Another Free COVID-19 Community Testing Event

    August 25, 2020

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will be holding another FREE COVID-19 community-based testing event on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kingdom Cathedral, 3820 Stoneshore Road, Virginia Beach. For this event, VBDPH staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

    VBDPH is offering walk-up registration and testing while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

    As a part of Virginia's Health Equity Pilot Program, volunteers will also be distributing free masks and hand sanitizer at the event. Anyone who needs these items will not be required to get tested in order to receive them.

    To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
    • Elderly and those at-risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
    • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Limit travel as much as possible.

    This is a rapidly changing situation and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

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  • Virginia Receives Approval to Expand Access to Health Care through State-Based Exchange - Friday, August 21, 2020
  • Virginia Receives Approval to Expand Access to Health Care through State-Based Exchange

    August 21, 2020

    Federal approval puts Commonwealth on path to full state exchange by 2023

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has been approved to proceed with a state-based health insurance exchange. Approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows Virginia to take over some functions of its current federal exchange beginning with open enrollment this November, and puts the Commonwealth on a path to full control by 2023.

    “This approval could not come at a more critical time as we continue to battle COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “The Trump administration is doing everything possible to gut the Affordable Care Act and kick families off their health insurance, and a state-based exchange will give Virginia the autonomy we need to expand access to care and reduce premiums. As governor and as a physician, I will never stop fighting for affordable, high-quality health care.”

    By establishing the Virginia Exchange, the Commonwealth can implement policies to better address costs. The state will be able to work directly with insurance companies to meet the health coverage needs of all Virginians purchasing coverage, including small employers. Virginia will also be able to provide more targeted outreach and enrollment services and extend the time Virginians have to enroll in coverage, if needed. These strategies will expand access to health care and help increase overall affordability.

    Increasing access to health care has been a top priority of the Northam administration. More than 452,000 Virginians have enrolled in new health care coverage since 2018, when Governor Northam successfully fought to expand Medicaid in Virginia. The expansion of Medicaid has proven a critical lifeline for Virginians during this health pandemic, with more than 125,603 Virginians, including 41,272 children, enrolled in Medicaid since the COVID-19 state of emergency was declared in Virginia on March 12 of this year.

    The letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is available here.

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  • Governor Northam Announces GO Virginia Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Regional Workforce Development, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems - Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Governor Northam Announces GO Virginia Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Regional Workforce Development, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    August 13, 2020

    Four regional projects awarded more than $5.5 million in grants

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) will award more than $5.5 million to support projects that will help address economic and public health challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The four regional projects and one statewide competitive project receiving funding are focused on strengthening the health sciences workforce pipeline, advancing new renewable energy ventures, and developing a regional services network for entrepreneurs.

    Three of the approved projects were funded through the new GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Program, which is designed to support activities that mitigate the economic impact of the ongoing public health crisis, create or sustain much-needed capacity to support business and industry, and facilitate safe reopening strategies.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unprecedented challenges for businesses, and Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth continue to demonstrate resilience and ingenuity in navigating this health crisis,” said Governor Northam. “These projects represent tremendous opportunities for regional collaboration with resources dedicated to our economic recovery, while staying true to the GO Virginia mission of creating quality jobs and driving positive growth.”

    The nine GO Virginia regional councils have developed Growth and Diversification plans and strategies organized around their own unique resources and assets. Initiatives that advance these strategies are key in strengthening each region’s economy and provide critical framework for each region’s response to the economic effects of COVID-19. The grant awards will leverage an additional $7,732,043 in non-state sources to assist with economic diversification and recovery efforts throughout Virginia. The board also approved a new policy that defines the permitted use of Tobacco Regional Revitalization Commission Funds as matching funds for GO Virginia projects. This new policy will go into effect for projects submitted between July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

    “Since its inception, the GO Virginia program has prompted many important regional partnerships,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “In light of the economic impacts of COVID-19, stakeholders and localities in every region are coming together quickly and building off this foundation to create thoughtful initiatives that support their businesses and will help those individuals affected connect with much needed employment opportunities.”

    “GO Virginia has created a foundation over the past three years that is allowing regions to rapidly develop high-impact solutions for near-term economic challenges while also focusing on longer term goals and objectives,” added GO Virginia Board Vice Chair Ben Davenport. “This smart new way of thinking is critical as Virginia moves forward through this crisis and beyond.”

    Since the program began in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 114 projects and awarded approximately $37.5 million to support regional economic development efforts. More information can be found about the GO Virginia program can be found here.

    2020 ROUND TWO REGIONAL GRANT AWARDS

    GENEDGE – Retooling Virginia Manufacturers for Strategic Industries
    All GO Virginia Regions
    $2,950,000

    GENEDGE will expand the capabilities of existing Virginia manufacturers to develop sustainable ongoing revenues in the areas of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as other medical equipment and supplies. This imitative will help manufacturers diversify markets and product offerings in response to federal initiatives that support re-shoring critical and strategic sectors, intentionally reducing sourcing risk.

    Virginia Tech Workforce Training and COVID-19 Response
    Region 2: Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke counties, and the cities of Covington, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem
    $500,000

    The Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology at Virginia Tech will receive a follow-on GO Virginia grant to increase capacity at the two newly established laboratories in Blacksburg and Roanoke to allow for COVID-19 testing over a one-year period and develop an internship pipeline for full time positions.

    Bridge to Recovery
    Region 3: Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville (Region 4), Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward counties, and the cities of Danville, Emporia (Region 4), Farmville, and Martinsville
    $925,000


    The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Virginia Growth Alliance are leading a comprehensive and collaborative approach with a coalition of economic developers, chambers of commerce, and localities to provide technical assistance and subsidize support to key business sectors during the pandemic and help prepare them for the recovery steps ahead.

    Offshore Wind Supply Chain Hub Development
    Region 5: Isle of Wight and Southampton counties, and the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach
    $529,788


    The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, in partnership with the Port of Virginia, the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Old Dominion University, and local chambers of commerce, will build an offshore wind supply chain by targeting and attracting suppliers to establish operations in the region.

    Startup Shenandoah Valley
    Region 8: Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester, and the towns of Front Royal and Strasburg
    $628,953

    The Staunton Creative Community Fund will kick start a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that will deliver dedicated staff, partnerships with regional assets, workspaces, connections to mentorship, and access to capital to companies with a high potential for growth and success.

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  • Governor Northam Announces Launch of Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Study - Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • Governor Northam Announces Launch of Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Study

    August 13, 2020

    Interim Adult Serology Study Findings show an Estimated 2.4% of Adult Virginians Have Covid-19 Antibodies

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study in Northern Virginia. Interim results from Virginia’s ongoing adult serology study show an estimated 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. The new pediatric study, completed in collaboration with Inova Health System, will measure the proportion of children and teens with antibodies to COVID-19.

    “The Commonwealth’s low exposure rate among adults is a testament to Virginians’ sacrifice and dedication in battling this virus,” said Governor Northam. “But as a pediatrician, I know children are often impacted by disease in a different way than adults. These studies provide key insight into how COVID-19 spreads among different ages and demographics groups. With this information, we are one step closer to beating this virus.”

    Northern Virginia was selected for this project due to the number of confirmed COVID-19 pediatric cases reported in the region. Northern Virginia’s population is also diverse in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status and race, which provides an important comparison to the rest of the Commonwealth.

    Inova Children’s Hospital will recruit up to 1,000 participants aged 0 - 19-years-old who live in Northern Virginia and seek care at participating clinical sites. Participants’ blood samples will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicate that a person had a COVID-19 infection in the past.

    VDH will use the information collected from this project to estimate the total number of children and teenagers that have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in Northern Virginia and statewide, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections. VDH will also analyze children's risk factors for COVID-19 infection, including age, underlying health conditions, sociodemographic characteristics, history of COVID-19 infection within households and childcare exposures. Preliminary results are expected by mid-September.

    Adult Study: Interim Results

    In early June, the Commonwealth launched an adult COVID-19 serology study in partnership with the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sentara Healthcare and Carilion Clinic. To date, that project has enrolled 4,652 adults (93%) of the 5,000 participant goal and is ongoing.

    The interim analysis, based on 3,113 participants, estimates that 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. By region, the estimated COVID-19 antibody prevalence is: Northern, 4.2%; Central, 3.0%; Eastern, 1.5%; Southwest, 1.0%; and Northwestern, 0.9%.

    According to the study, COVID-19 antibodies are 13.1 times higher among Hispanic adults (14.4%) than non-Hispanic adults (1.1%). Adults under 50 years-old have the highest seroprevalence, while adults ages 60-69 and 70-79 have a 1.0% and 1.4% seroprevalence, respectively.

    Adults who reported a health condition that put them at risk for severe complications of COVID-19 infection had a lower prevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 than those without a chronic health condition (1.5% compared to 3.0%). A full report is expected at the conclusion of the study next month, September 2020.

    “It’s important to recognize that more than 95% of Virginians have not yet been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and remain at risk of infection,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “Individually and collectively, all people in Virginia should continue to take preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.”

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  • Additional Opportunity Available to Apply for Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program - Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Additional Opportunity Available to Apply for Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program

    August 11, 2020

    The Department of Human Services will reopen the application portal for the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 31. The program provides direct relief for households where an occupant has lost their employment, had their work hours reduced or has been furloughed due to COVID-19. Financial relief comes in the form of a check for the approved relief amount to the named recipient.

    A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. The amount of relief will be the billed total, or the benefit maximum, whichever is lower. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750. Only one application may be filed per household. Any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements.

    To be eligible for consideration, potential beneficiaries must:

    • Provide proof of eligibility criteria
    • Have established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020
    • Be unemployed at any time after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Provide a copy of their 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax bills

    Potential beneficiaries may only claim their primary residence for relief – no rental or second properties are eligible. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please note that any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.

    Additional information, including necessary documents for proof of eligibility and applications, can be found online at VBgov.com/COVID19TaxRelief.

    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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  • Free Masks and Sanitizer Available in Green Run Starting Aug. 13 - Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Free Masks and Sanitizer Available in Green Run Starting Aug. 13

    August 11, 2020

    The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VB CERT) and the Commonwealth's Health Equity Task Force to distribute 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to targeted Virginia Beach communities.

    Bags will be available in Green Run starting Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Green Run Homes Association office while supplies last.

    Location:
    Green Run Homes Association, 1248 Green Garden Circle
    (757) 427-2600

    The Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Management is spearheading the effort and the department has recently arranged for Green Run residents to pick up these supplies from the neighborhood association office. Residents simply need to verify their address in order to receive supplies.

    Additional distribution events will be held throughout the month of August, with several scheduled in conjunction with free COVID-19 testing hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

    Additional Distribution Events:

    • Saturday, Aug. 15 – Free masks/sanitizer only
      9 a.m. – noon
      Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road
    • Saturday, Aug. 22 – Free masks/sanitizer and COVID testing
      10 a.m. – noon
      Lake Edward Park, 704 Hampshire Lane
    • Saturday, Aug. 29 – Free masks/sanitizer only
      9 a.m. – noon
      Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road

    The bags of masks and sanitizer are earmarked for high-risk communities. Bags will also contain information from the Health Equity Task Force on COVID-19, mask-washing instructions, a reminder to complete the 2020 Census and important hurricane preparedness information.

    This state-local partnership, launched by Governor Ralph Northam on May 11, is designed to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment and public health information in underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Health Equity Leadership Task Force identified communities using indicators such as chronic diseases, household income, age, disability status and other important health factors.

    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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  • Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium - Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium

    August 7, 2020

    Court suspends eviction proceedings through September 7 at Governor’s request

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, August 10 and remain in effect through Monday, September 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.

    “Today’s decision comes at a time when we are still battling this public health crisis and need all Virginians to maintain safe, stable housing,” said Governor Northam. “As the ongoing Congressional stalemate leaves hundreds of thousands of Virginians without federal housing protection or unemployment relief, this is a critical step towards keeping families safely in their homes. I am grateful to the Virginia Supreme Court for granting this order, and I look forward to working with the General Assembly this month to develop more permanent legislative protections for Virginia homeowners and tenants.”

    On June 29, Governor Northam launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which provides an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Virginia households facing eviction and foreclosure due to COVID-19. Eligibility and application information for the RMRP is available here.

    Tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities and pay their rent on time if they are able. Please visit StayHomeVirginia.com for additional information and resources on tenant rights.

    Governor Northam’s letter to Chief Justice Lemons requesting this moratorium is available here. Today’s order from the Virginia Supreme Court can be found here.

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  • Masks and Sanitizer Available to Vulnerable Neighborhoods - Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • Masks and Sanitizer Available to Vulnerable Neighborhoods

    August 6, 2020

    Under Virginia’s Health Equity Pilot Program, the City will distribute personal protective equipment and public health information in the Western Bayside, Green Run, Rosemont and Seatack communities.

    The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Commonwealth's Health Equity Task Force to distribute 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to targeted Virginia Beach communities.

    Distribution events will be held throughout August, with several scheduled in conjunction with free COVID-19 testing hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

    Distribution Events:

    Saturday, Aug. 8 – Free PPE and COVID testing
    10 a.m. – noon
    Level Green Park, 1520 Level Green Boulevard
    (Between Commonwealth Drive and Clear Springs Court)

    Saturday, Aug. 15 – Free PPE only
    9 a.m. – noon
    Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road (PPE Distribution only, no testing)

    Saturday, Aug. 22 – Free PPE and COVID testing
    10 a.m. – noon
    Lake Edward Park, 704 Hampshire Lane

    Saturday, Aug. 29 – Free PPE only
    9 a.m. – noon
    Outside Grand Market International Foods, 649 Newtown Road (PPE Distribution only, no testing)

    Additional events will be announced as plans are finalized.

    The bags of personal protective equipment (PPE) are earmarked for high-risk communities. In addition to masks and sanitizer, bags will contain information from the Health Equity Task Force on COVID-19 and mask-washing instructions. They will also include a reminder to complete the 2020 Census and important hurricane preparedness information.

    This state-local partnership, launched by Governor Ralph Northam on May 11, is designed to increase equitable access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and public health information in underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Health Equity Leadership Task Force identified communities using indicators such as chronic diseases, household income, age, disability status and other important health factors.

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  • Governor Northam Launches COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • Governor Northam Launches COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19

    August 5, 2020

    Virginia is first-in-the-nation to use Apple-Google Bluetooth framework to protect personal privacy

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data. Users opt-in to download and utilize the free app.

    “We must continue to fight COVID-19 from every possible angle,” said Governor Northam. “The COVIDWISE exposure notification app gives you an additional tool to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community, while maintaining your personal privacy. I encourage all Virginians to download and use this app, so we can work together to contain this virus.”

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed COVIDWISE in partnership with Spring ML using funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The free app is available to download through the App Store and the Google Play Store. COVIDWISE is the only app in Virginia allowed to use the exposure notifications system (ENS) application programming interface (API) jointly created by Apple and Google. Other countries, including Ireland and Germany, have successfully used this technology in similar apps.

    “As COVID-19 cases continue to be identified across the Commonwealth, it is important for people to know whether they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the disease,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “COVIDWISE will notify you if you’ve likely been exposed to another app user who anonymously shared a positive COVID-19 test result. Knowing your exposure history allows you to self-quarantine effectively, seek timely medical attention, and reduce potential exposure risk. The more Virginians use COVIDWISE, the greater the likelihood that you will receive timely exposure notifications that lead to effective disease prevention.”

    COVIDWISE works by using random Bluetooth keys that change every 10 to 20 minutes. iOS and Android devices that have the app installed will anonymously share these random keys if they are within close proximity for at least 15 minutes. Each day, the device downloads a list of all random keys associated with positive COVID-19 results submitted by other app users and checks them against the list of random keys it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there is a match, COVIDWISE may notify the individual, taking into account the date and duration of exposure, and the Bluetooth signal strength which is used to estimate proximity.

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be notified by a VDH case investigator and will be given a unique numeric code. This code is entered into the app by the user and serves as verification of a positive report. Others who have downloaded COVIDWISE and have been in close proximity to the individual who reported as being positive will receive a notice which reads, “You have likely been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is your alert to get tested.

    The notice includes the estimated number of days since the exposure and provides several options for taking further action, including contacting a primary care physician or local health department, monitoring symptoms, and finding nearby test locations. The Virtual VDH tab within the app also provides links to online resources and relevant phone numbers.

    Anyone who downloads the app has the option to choose to receive exposure notifications, and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to share their result anonymously through COVIDWISE. No location data or personal information is ever collected, stored, tracked, or transmitted to VDH as part of the app. Users have the ability to delete the app or turn off exposure notifications at any time.

    Widespread use is critical to the success of this effort, and VDH is launching a robust, statewide public information campaign to make sure Virginians are aware of the COVIDWISE app, its privacy protection features, and how it can be used to support public health and help reduce the spread of the virus.

    To learn more about COVIDWISE and the download the app, visit www.covidwise.org.

    Watch an informational briefing with the app developers here. Read the one-page information sheet on COVIDWISE here. This document is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic.

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  • Virginia Joins Bipartisan, Interstate Compact to Expand Rapid Antigen Testing - Wednesday, August 5, 2020
  • Virginia Joins Bipartisan, Interstate Compact to Expand Rapid Antigen Testing

    August 4, 2020

    Six-state agreement will put Virginia on path to purchase 500,000 rapid, point-of-care antigen tests.

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced a cutting-edge interstate compact to expand the use of rapid antigen testing in Virginia. Governor Northam joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in this bipartisan agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation, which represents the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    With today’s announcement, these six states are entering formal discussions with Becton Dickinson and Quidel, the U.S. manufacturers of antigen tests that have already been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, to purchase 500,000 rapid antigen tests per state. By joining together, states are demonstrating to private manufacturers that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests, which deliver results in 15 to 20 minutes. Additional states, cities, and local governments may join the compact in the coming weeks.

    “The states are leading America’s national response to COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “We are bringing together this bipartisan, multi-state coalition to combine our purchasing power and get rapid testing supplies to our communities as quickly as possible. The people in our six states want to see action, and together, we’re delivering.”

    This interstate cooperative purchasing agreement will provide a unique platform to purchase tests and associated supplies in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. In addition, the states will coordinate on policies and protocols regarding rapid antigen testing technology. The Rockefeller Foundation will assist in facilitating financing mechanisms to support this large-scale interstate testing compact.

    “With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank my fellow governors for signing on to this groundbreaking bipartisan agreement, which we have just finalized after weeks of discussions with the Rockefeller Foundation. We will be working to bring additional states, cities, and local governments on board as this initiative moves forward.”

    “Rapid access to testing is crucial in our collective fight against COVID-19, which is why I am grateful to join these other governors in a collaborative effort to purchase testing supplies and help identify outbreaks more quickly, while improving the turnaround time for test results,” said Governor Bel Edwards. “COVID does not know any borders and by working together we strengthen our response, improve testing access and ultimately help our communities become safer and healthier.”

    “This bipartisan partnership will help us protect our families, the heroes on the front lines of this crisis, small businesses, and our most vulnerable communities,” said Governor Whitmer. “Widespread testing is one of the most crucial tools we have to stop the spread of this virus and save lives. I’m proud of the bipartisan work governors across the state have done to protect our regions from COVID-19. I’m hopeful that the president and Congress will follow our lead and work together on a recovery package that includes support for states like ours so we can continue to protect our families.”

    “Time is of the essence, which is why I am pleased to join with my fellow governors to work together to expand the use of rapid, point-of-care antigen tests in order to help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our states,” said Governor DeWine.

    “We are committed to helping communities across America avoid the tragic consequences of this disease by expanding the use of the latest diagnostic and screening tests so those unwittingly spreading Covid can be isolated and supported,” said Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “I am grateful to Governors Hogan, Bel Edwards, Baker, Whitmer, DeWine, and Northam for their leadership and partnerships to give workers, teachers, students, and vulnerable people the confidence they need to be safe until a vaccine is developed and proven effective.”

    The letter of intent to the Rockefeller Foundation is available here.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event - Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Hosting Another COVID-19 Community Testing Event

    August 03, 2020

    ​The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will hold another FREE COVID-19 community-based testing event on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Level Green Park (Level Green Boulevard). For this event, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants in this free walk-up testing event must wear a face covering.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health is offering walk-up registration and testing, while supplies last. VBDPH will be providing testing only during the event and not medical care or treatment. For those with medical emergencies or severe COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for this event.

    To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage the following effective behaviors:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
    • Elderly and those at risk should stay at home as much as possible. If not possible, avoid large gatherings.
    • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Limit travel as much as possible.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

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    Notifications

    Reopenings

    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

    Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic and consistent with the Virginia Supreme Court's declarations of judicial emergency, and per Va. Code Section 16.1-69 (5), effective July 20, 2020, and continuing through August 9, 2020, the General District Court of the City of Virginia Beach will operate as outlined in the following order:


    Circuit Court

    During the period of judicial emergency, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Circuit Court enters this Order to advise users of the operations of the Circuit Court through August 9, 2020:

    Updated September 10, 2020

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that, due to significantly improved health metrics in the Eastern Region, localities in Hampton Roads will join the rest of the Commonwealth in Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease public health restrictions while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

    Accordingly, the additional restrictions placed on the Eastern Region by Executive Order 68 and Order of Public Health Emergency Eight are lifted, and Phase Three is fully re-implemented in the Eastern Region.

    In Phase Three, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with:

    • Continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking
    • The requirement that individuals wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
    • The maximum number of individuals allowed in social gatherings will increase to 250 people.
    • All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place.

    The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven is available here.

    Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center - VBgov.com/housing

    • Families and individuals experiencing homelessness or in imminent danger of losing their housing should, as always, call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline, (757) 227-5932, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Referrals will be conducted by phone
    • Triage and screening for homeless services remain closed to walk-ins, however the following services will reopen under modified operations and with precautions in place, including:
      • Requiring all staff, volunteers and guests 10 and older to wear face coverings (in accordance with the Virginia Governor's Executive Order 63).
      • Maintaining 6-feet social distancing, increased cleaning and sanitization (especially high-contact surfaces) and providing hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.
    • Partial Reopening of Day Services Starting July 13 - Laundry, showers, housing support, and one meal for unsheltered adults (ages 18 and older) 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.
      • Capacity is limited and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
      • Individuals may access Day Services once each day
      • Day Services will close from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for additional thorough cleaning and sanitization.
    • Health Center Now Accepting Appointments - Southeastern Virginia Health System, the health services provider at the Housing Resource Center, is accepting patients by appointment only:
      • Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon
      • currently closed on Wednesday.
    • Telehealth appointments are also offered when appropriate.
    • Comprehensive primary care health services offered for adults and children include exams, immunizations, health education, nutrition counseling, medication assistance, and lab services.

    Call (757) 385-2437 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

    Department of Human Services – Reopening Monday, July 6

    • All services will be open to the public except for the Behavioral Health & Developmental Services Day Programs.
    • Visitors over the age of 10 should wear face coverings when meeting face-to-face with staff. Social distancing guidelines will be followed in all interactions.
    • Visitation at group homes, Intermediate Care Facilities and the Juvenile Detention Center remain suspended until further notice.
    • Citizens will continue to have the option to use telehealth or other electronic means to access services in most locations. If a face-to-face service is necessary, clients may request an appointment.
    • Emergency crisis services will continue to be available 24/7.
    • Building capacity at facilities will be limited to approximately 50%. Clients and family members may be asked to wait in their vehicle until the appointed time if the building capacity has been reached.
    • For more information, please visit VBgov.com/DHSReopen

    BEACH AMBASSADOR

    JOB TITLE: Beach Ambassador Education Team Member

    EMPLOYER: IMGoing

    OPENING DATE: 5/8/2020

    HOURLY RATE: $12.00 per hour

    TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Temporary

    Work Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday

    LOCATION: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Designated Beach Access points and roving

    DESCRIPTION:

    Our Ambassadors are the front-line friendly faces in the campaign to reopen the beaches of Virginia Beach and in welcoming back visitors and residents! These energetic, fun-loving, and service-minded staff members are the key to helping guests enjoy a safe and relaxing time in Virginia Beach.

    Ambassadors serve as a “welcoming committee,” and direct guests to signage informing them of guidelines designed to keep them healthy during their visit to the beach. Social distancing is the critical component to reopening our beaches. Ambassadors provide friendly reminders to guests and interact as needed to encourage safe distancing. Our leadership staff stands at the ready to provide assistance and guidance at all times.

    Educating our guests and helping them experience the beaches of Virginia Beach in a safe manner is our passion. We couldn’t do it without our outgoing and congenial Ambassadors. As we search for team members who share our love for the outdoors and for bringing our beaches back to life, we hope you will join our Ambassadors!

    This is not a security job this is a Beach Ambassador position. You will not be required to take any direct enforcement action.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:

    • Ability to be enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable of the product and services
    • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time
    • Work Environment: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Communicate general beach regulations to guests
    • Communicate specific Covid-19 safety guidelines to guests
    • Answer questions about the Resort/Sandbridge/North End/Bayfront areas (what to see and what to do)
    • Direct guests to nearest restroom facilities
    • Maintain uniformed appearance in order to be easily-recognizable to guests
    • Pick up needed supplies prior to shift
    • Attend training sessions
    • Maintain communication with supervisor regarding questions, suggestions, and issues with guests

    Apply at https://www.imgoingevents.com/application.

    Virginia Beach Public Libraries

    Beginning Monday, July 20, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will reopen five of its branches:

    • Bayside
    • Central
    • Kempsville
    • Princess Anne
    • Wahab Public Law Library

    Residents will be able to visit the locations for limited services including browsing and checking out materials, using computers and printers, applying for library cards and picking up Summer Reading Challenge prizes.

    Customers and staff are required to wear face coverings (in accordance with the Virginia Governor's Executive Order 63) and must keep visits to one hour.

    • As part of the Tidewater Community College (TCC) campus, the TCC/City Joint-Use Library will remain closed until further notice.
    • VBPL will continue to offer holds pickup services at these branches until the buildings reopen.
    • Items that customers had checked out prior to VBPL's COVID-19 closure on March 16, 2020 are now due July 20. Customers will receive direct notice from the library with due dates.
    • All dates and services are subject to change as needed in response to COVID-19.

    For more details about library services, visit www.VBgov.com/libraries.

    Parks & Recreation

    As of Monday, July 6, all 7 rec centers are open, and activities have been increased to 1-hour blocks *except group fitness. Please be sure to check the hours of operation and the reopening information at VBgov.com/reopen.

    • Access to the centers will be limited to members only and reservations are required.
    • No new memberships will be sold for the first few months of operation.
    • There will be capacity limits and 10-foot spacing required in exercise areas.
    • Online reservations will be required to access the centers and each activity including group fitness (available for Premier, Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active members only), weight rooms, indoor multipurpose pools, and the gymnasiums for non-contact sports like pickleball and badminton.
    • Members will be notified by email of what is available and how to reserve spots.
    • Sports and Specialty Camps at recreation centers are being decided on a camp-by-camp basis, factoring in the ability for social distancing and equipment sharing. Participants for those camps will be contacted as decisions are made.
    • Details for the 20/21 School-Year Programs are still being discussed and we do not have a registration date set for those at this point.
    • For more updates on recreation centers and Parks & Rec programs, please read the FAQ document at VBgov.com/parks.

    Update July 10, 2020:

    As coronavirus restrictions are eased, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation continues to slowly phase in and reintroduce use of its facilities and programs.

    The following activities at City recreation centers are scheduled to begin as early as July 20:

    • Increased reservations for lap swim
    • Aquatracks, family swim, water exercise classes and diving boards
    • Some senior-focused fitness programs
    • Personal training
    • Walking tracks at Kempsville and Williams Farm

    Reservations for most of these activities will begin on Friday, July 17, to start the following week.

    The following park facilities are now open for public use:

    • Basketball and volleyball courts at City parks
    • All playgrounds including those large destination sites at Mount Trashmore Kid's Cove, Bayville Farms Park, and Grommet Island
    • The Fishing Pier at Little Island Park has been open for use, but resumed collecting fees as of July 9.

    The Sports Management Unit has the following updates on athletic play and field use:

    • Athletic fields at Red Mill Farms, Lynnhaven Park, Bayville Farms Park and Oceana Park have been approved to increase from 50% capacity to full capacity for local practices and play starting July 22.
    • The department has been approved to offer youth flag football, youth fast pitch softball and adult slow pitch softball for the fall and is awaiting approval to offer adult coed sand football at the oceanfront.
    • Youth volleyball and youth tackle football will not be offered this fall.

    Lastly, the following upcoming special events have been cancelled due to the pandemic:

    • The Party at the Pier event originally scheduled for Aug. 28 at Little Island Park
    • The Water Lantern Festival originally scheduled for Oct. 10 at Mount Trashmore Park

    Update July 13, 2020:

    • On July 25, tournaments will resume at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex, 4001 Dam Neck Road, and City View Park, 2073 Kempsville Road.
    • Interested tournament organizers may review the list of updated requirements for use of those fields at VBgov.com/paac or contact paacrentals@vbgov.com for more information.

    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.

    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 will reopen to the public on Monday, July 13 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.

    Closures

    Update May 26, 2020:

    The following City parking lots are currently closed:

    • 19th Street South
    • 18th Street North (overflow special events lot)
    • 4th Street lot

    All other City parking locations are open, including those at Croatan and Sandbridge.

    VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Services Suspended this Summer

    ​The VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle services (Routes 30, 31, and 35) scheduled to start Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 have been suspended this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The suspension of the seasonal services was in part due to Governor Northam's Forward Virginia Phase One guidelines and to safely reopen the beaches.

    There have been other transit service changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are designed to continue essential service to all six cities for transit riders.

    Citizens are encouraged to continue using transit for essential trips, remember to maintain social distance, and exit from the rear of the bus. More information regarding transit service changes due to COVID-19 impacts can be found at the Hampton Roads Transit website: www.gohrt.com.

    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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    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Cancellations

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), most City sponsored events have been either cancelled or rescheduled, unless orders are amended or rescinded by further executive order.

    Updates on events:

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders 53 and 55 as well as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), most City buildings remain under modified operations.

    Updates on facility operations:

    In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Orders 53 and 55 as well as local directives enacted to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), most public meetings have been cancelled, unless orders are amended or rescinded by further executive order.
    Decisions regarding future public meetings are being made as the dates approach.

    • For updates on upcoming City public meetings, please check the Events Calendar on the City website at VBgov.com/Events.


    City Council Meetings

    • City Council is allowed to meet to address issues related to the COVID-19 emergency.
    • City Council meetings will be held virtually until further notice.
    • Citizens are encouraged to submit comments prior to the meetings via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The Council meeting agendas can be viewed online at VBgov.com/CityCouncil.
    • People wanting to comment can register at VBgov.com or register with the City Clerk's Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to the meeting.
    • City Council meetings can be viewed live on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at VBgov.com/media and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Modifications

    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 Beach Human Services has implemented modified operations and had discontinued public access to building facilities.

    • Staff will continue to work on-site at various locations as well as working remotely 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.
    • For detailed information on how to access services, including SNAF, TANIF, Medicaid, Energy Assistance, Child Care Subsidy, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and emergency hotlines, click here.

    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.

    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.

    This section includes changes to schedules and operations of City services, facilities and events. Staff are working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days, to identify any cancellations or postponements. The list does not include private events. If you do not see an event here and for the most accurate information, please contact event organizers directly to confirm status.

    Be Aware

    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

    Money

    City Services Bill Pandemic Relief Program

    The City Services Bill Pandemic Relief Program provides financial assistance to qualifying residential customers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19. The Virginia Beach City Services Bill includes charges for solid waste collection, storm water, sanitary sewer, and water services. The pandemic relief program will provide financial assistance to qualifying applicants based on the services charged on their monthly bill. Relief is not guaranteed and is dependent on availability of funding.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to establish an account in the City Services Bill Pandemic Relief Program database in order to receive updates on the status of the application. The email used to establish the account is the email that will receive application status updates. Due to program demand, application status updates are only available through the online application portal.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicant must be a Virginia Beach resident with an active City Services account
    • Applicant must be listed as an account holder on the requested City Services account
    • Account must have been active from March 2020 or later
    • Account must have an unpaid balance due from March 2020 or later (prior balances are ineligible)
    • Applicant has been unemployed, furloughed, or laid off in March 2020 or later

    Application Requirements

    • Proof of unemployment, furlough, or lay off in March 2020 or later (one of the following)
    • Valid award letter for unemployment benefits from Virginia Employment Commission
    • Valid award letter for self-employed individual through the CARES Act
    • Verification of job loss from employer on letterhead confirming termination, furlough, or lay-off
    • Copy of most recent City Services Bill matching the account number entered on the application (bill’s due date must be March 2020 or later)
    • Service address must match the address on the application and on the proof of unemployment
    • Applicant must confirm that information provided is true and correct
    • Application must be complete, and all required documents must be valid and legible

    PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST CREATE SEPARATE ACCOUNTS TO APPLY FOR THE CITY SERVICES BILL PANDEMIC RELIEF PROGRAM AND THE REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAM. YOU MAY USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS BUT, A UNIQUE PASSWORD IS REQUIRED TO CREATE EACH ACCOUNT.

    For more information and to apply for the City Services Bill Pandemic Relief Program, please visit www.vbgov.com/CSPandemicRelief.

    If you experience trouble with the application, please take a look at the common application errors.

    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.


    Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program

    A new state program administered by Virginia Housing provides relief for renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), eligible landlords can apply on behalf of their tenants to receive financial assistance for past-due rental payments dating back to April 1, 2020. Funding for RMRP is through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Nov. 15, 2020 — take action today to see how RMRP may help your tenants make their past-due and current rent payments. For eligibility information and to start the application process, visit VirginiaHousing.com/RMRP.


    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

    State Rental Assistance Program (For people facing eviction/behind in their rent due to the pandemic:).

    • Eligibility: Persons facing eviction or needing help with rent due to the pandemic only
    • Description: Financial assistance to help prevent eviction
    • How to apply: call 587-4202; operated by ForKids, Inc. ; DHNP may be developing a coordinated or integrated response
    • Deadline: There is no deadline at this time

    Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Relief Program

    The Department of Human Services is accepting applications for the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The program provides direct relief for households where an occupant has lost their employment, had their work hours reduced or has been furloughed due to COVID-19. Financial relief comes in the form of a check for the approved relief amount to the named recipient.

    A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. The amount of relief will be the billed total, or the benefit maximum, whichever is lower. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750. Only one application may be filed per household.

    Any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements.

    To be eligible for consideration, potential beneficiaries must:

    • Provide proof of eligibility criteria
    • Have established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020
    • Be unemployed at any time after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Provide a copy of their 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax bills

    Potential beneficiaries may only claim their primary residence for relief – no rental or second properties are eligible. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please note that any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.

    For more information, including necessary documents for proof of eligibility and applications, visit: VBgov.com/COVID19TaxRelief.

    CARES Act Arts & Cultural Relief Grants

    The Virginia Beach City Council recognizes that arts and cultural non-profit organizations play integral roles in the vibrancy and economic well-being of our city and has directed a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to establish a Virginia Beach COVID-19 Arts & Cultural Relief Grant Program. This program provides grant assistance to qualified arts and cultural 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for immediate financial relief for unforeseen expenses due to the global health emergency.

    Grant applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding has been expended.

    Virtual grant information sessions will be held via WebEx. Email Hillary Plate (hplate@vbgov.com) to receive information about the sessions.

    For more information on the CARES Act Arts & Cultural Relief Grant Program, including eligibility requirements and to apply, visit: https://vbforms.seamlessdocs.com/f/mi2hh2v04ia9.

    CARES Act Community Organization Grants

    The Virginia Beach City Council recognizes the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted many non-profit organizations that provide a variety of valuable services to our residents.

    City Council has directed a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to establish a Virginia Beach COVID-19 Community Organizations Relief Grant Program. This program provides grant assistance to qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for immediate financial relief for unforeseen expenses due to the global health emergency.

    Grant applications will be accepted between September 1 and October 1, 2020.

    For more information on the CARES Act Community Organization Grants, including eligibility requirements and to apply, visit: https://vbforms.seamlessdocs.com/f/rico6kqv1h6n.

    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.

    Applications will be accepted for three (3) weeks (21 days): September 21, 2020 - October 12, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Applications will be accepted only via the City of Virginia Beach Online Portal and will be processed in the order received. At the conclusion of the application period, grants will be awarded through a lottery system until either December 31, 2020, or all available funding is expended. Please note that the submission of an application does not guarantee approval as eligibility criteria must be met and all supporting documentation included.

    For questions, contact:

    For more information on the CARES Act Business Assistance Program and to apply, visit:

    https://www.yesvirginiabeach.com/resources/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx

    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

    DMV locations are opening in phases throughout the summer. An office can only reopen once it has been prepared to provide adequate social distancing and clear plastic partitions have been installed on front counters creating a safe separation between customers and employees.

    With health and safety in mind, DMV is offering service by appointment only. Appointments will limit the number of people in an office at one time to ensure social distancing and efficient service. To minimize customer volume at DMV offices, appointments will be required for specific services generally necessitating in-person service. Customers should use alternate service methods, such as online or by mail, when possible.

    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.

    Appointments for general transactions and knowledge testing (computer) are available at:

    • 3551 Buckner Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    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.

    Customers who need to conduct other transactions should do so via online or by mail.

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

    The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are distributing economic impact payments to taxpayers in the wake of COVID-19. These payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment.

    For more information on the economic impact payments: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.

    IRS Coronavirus Information: IRS.gov/coronavirus

    Drive-Thru food distribution event:

    • Saturday, Sep 12, 9 a.m. at Busch Vacuum Solutions, 516 Viking Dr.
    • Non-perishable food, household items, toiletries and baby supplies will be distributed.
    • For questions and further details, contact Busch Vacuum Solutions at info@buschusa.com.


    • 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, 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.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) will hold FREE COVID-19 community-based testing events. VBDPH staff and Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will administer the PCR testing for adults and children ages 13 years and older. Participants must wear a face covering. Walk-up registration and testing will be provided, while supplies last. VBDPH will provide testing only during the events and not medical care or treatment.

    • Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. - noon
      Union Baptist Church, 4608 South Blvd.

    The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VB CERT) and the Commonwealth's Health Equity Task Force to distribute 20,000 masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to targeted Virginia Beach communities. VDEM has arranged for Green Run residents to pick up these supplies from the neighborhood association office. Residents simply need to verify their address in order to receive supplies. Distribution events will be held throughout the month of August, with several scheduled in conjunction with free COVID-19 testing hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Health.

    • Saturday, Aug. 22 – Free masks/sanitizer and COVID testing
      10 a.m. – noon
      Lake Edward Park, 704 Hampshire Lane
    • Saturday, Aug. 29 – Free masks/sanitizer only
      9 a.m. – noon
      Outside Grand Mart International Foods, 649 Newtown Road

    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.

    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

    State Rental Assistance Program (For people facing eviction/behind in their rent due to the pandemic:).

    • Eligibility: Persons facing eviction or needing help with rent due to the pandemic only
    • Description: Financial assistance to help prevent eviction
    • How to apply: call 587-4202; operated by ForKids, Inc. ; DHNP may be developing a coordinated or integrated response
    • Deadline: There is no deadline at this time

    People behind on their mortgage/facing foreclosure:

    • The state program may be able to assist, but is currently prioritizing renters. DHNP will begin a mortgage program in approximately mid-August.

    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.

    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

    If you are in need of assistance as a result of Coronavirus, please click on the link below or call the United Way Coronavirus hotline: (757) 858-7777

    If you reach a voicemail due to call volume, please leave a detailed message and you will receive a return call promptly.

    https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus-help/

    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.

    Paycheck Protection Program

    • This loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan

    • This loan will provide economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.
    • SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications on June 15 to all qualified small businesses, including U.S. agricultural businesses.

    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, 8 AM - 6 PM. 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 - 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

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