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Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Guidance on Executive Order #53

March 30, 2020

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam issued an Executive Order #53 mandating that all restaurants close their dining areas from March 24th, 2020 until April 23rd, 2020.

These establishments may offer delivery and take-out services. Food services must be limited to services of food intended for off-premise consumption only by eliminating seating of patrons on the premises (indoors or outdoors). Take-out orders should be delivered curbside by the food establishment employee(s).

However, if patrons enter a food establishment to pick up an order, management should encourage customers waiting to maintain social distancing (a minimum of six foot spacing) and allow less than 10 patrons at one given time.

Self-service of foods, including condiments and beverages, or single serve utensils, where multiple guest may handle common utensils is not permissible.

Establishments should identify and implement operational changes that increase employee separation. When it is impractical for an establishment’s employees to maintain social distancing, effective hygiene practices, including frequent and proper hand-washing and routine cleaning of all surfaces must be followed.

Additionally, the Executive Order required the closure of all public recreational and entertainment business such as theaters, beauty and nail salons, barbershops, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and public pools.

Please note that violations of Executive Order #53 may result in a Misdemeanor charge and restaurant permit suspension.

Please know that the actions you take today to stay six feet away from others and limit all non-essential activities are the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

Additional information can be found at the Virginia Department of Health, the VDH Facebook page and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the following web links:
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.facebook.com/VDHgov

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health can be contacted at 757-518-2700, option 3.

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Past Updates

  • Everyone Must Do Their Part: Mayor Urges Compliance to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 - Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Everyone Must Do Their Part: Mayor Urges Compliance to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

    Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer is calling on local businesses and residents to adhere to Governor Northam's Executive Order banning all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people and strictly adhering to social distancing practices. "While it has been encouraging to see more people following the guidelines, we need everyone to practice these basic measures to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Mayor Dyer. "The best advice is to just stay home if at all possible. However, if you must go out, it doesn't matter whether you are walking along the boardwalk, standing in line for food at a restaurant or shopping inside a home improvement store. Do not congregate in groups and keep six feet away from other people. It is as simple--and as important--as that if we are going to contain the outbreak."

    According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia Beach. The City is asking businesses to comply by establishing measures that require social distancing inside and outside, like in lines. Local residents can report non-conforming businesses or groups with more than 10 people that will not disperse to 311 or 385-5000.

    Businesses in violation of Governor Northam's Executive Order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, which in punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. "The impacts of the coronavirus have already been devastating to many businesses and residents, so the last thing we want to do is start issuing fines to businesses or people who won't do their part, which is why we are first seeking voluntary compliance," said Mayor Dyer.

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

  • Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Modified Operations - Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Department of Public Health Modified Operations

    March 28, 2020

    Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis response, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will continue on modified operations until further notice. Services will be provided as follows:

    The Clinic will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for the following services:

    • Wednesday
      Maternity: AM by appointment only
      STI: PM by appointment only
    • Thursday
      STI: AM/PM by appointment only
      Family Planning PM by appointment only
    • Clinic appointments can be made at: (757) 518-2700, option #1.
    • Pharmacy hours will be:
      • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
      • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    The WIC program will be closed to the public. WIC services are now offered remotely, by appointment only. For more information, please contact 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

    Dental services will be closed, providing emergency services only.

    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/.

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  • City Council Sets Special Electronic Meeting to Consider Continuity and Policy, and Discuss Tax Relief Related to COVID-19 Pandemic - Friday, March 27, 2020
  • City Council Sets Special Electronic Meeting to Consider Continuity and Policy, and Discuss Tax Relief Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    ​The City Council will hold a "Special Meeting by Electronic Communications Means" on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6 p.m. to consider four items to address the COVID-19 pandemic emergency; and to discuss tax relief necessitated by the pandemic.

    Although no citizen comments will be taken with respect to the discussion on tax relief, citizens are encouraged to submit comments on the four resolutions and ordinances to the City Council prior to the special meeting via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The current Council agenda can be viewed online at VBgov.com.

    People wanting to comment should follow a two-step registration process:

    1. Register at https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e871f2421f8196abfb20bee4e6e94208f.
    2. Register with the City Clerk's Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to 5:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020.

    The City Council will not be at City Hall (Building 1), which will remain closed to the public. The meeting can be viewed live on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at www.VBgov.com and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

    For information about the City staff presentations on the FY 2020/2021 Resource Management Plan to take place March 31 at 4 p.m., please see the Budget Presentations to be Broadcast on Tuesday; City Announces Latest Cancellations news release.

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

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  • Virginia Beach Human Services to Implement Modified Operations Beginning Monday, March 30 - Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Human Services to Implement Modified Operations Beginning Monday, March 30

    March 26, 2020

    ​In order to accommodate the most recent recommendations of the Virginia Department of Public Health and the Governor of Virginia regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VBDHS) will discontinue public access to building facilities effective Monday, March 30.

    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.

    The hotlines listed below will be staffed to answer calls, as well as our main program phone numbers during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are committed to providing a timely response to all citizens.

    Emergency Hotlines

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of adults:
      757-385-3550 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 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

    Financial Assistance

    To file a new application:

    • 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. Paper applications for SNAP benefits are available near the drop box at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. for those who cannot apply online or by phone.
    • 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. To ask general questions about Child Care Subsidy, call 757-385-3351.

    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)

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

    Essential services will continue to be provided with modified conditions. For more information, please visit VBgov.com/hs. Additional information and resources are available online at www.dss.virginia.gov and dbhds.virginia.gov.

    For citywide updates, visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus.

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  • Budget Presentations to be Broadcast on Tuesday; City Announces Latest Cancellations​ - Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Budget Presentations to be Broadcast on Tuesday; City Announces Latest Cancellations​

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    City staff will give presentations on the FY 2020/2021 Resource Management Plan on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. The City Council will not be in attendance, and City Hall (Building 1) will remain closed to the public. These presentations can be viewed on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at www.VBgov.com and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

    FY 2020/2021 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN (Budget)

    PUBLIC WORKS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CIP) - INTRODUCTION​

    Mark Johnson, Director – Public Works

    BUILDINGS
    Thomas Nicholas, Facilities Engineer

    STORMWATER
    Toni Utterback, Stormwater Engineering Center Administrator
    Diana St. John, Stormwater Management Regulatory Division
    Mark A. Jones, Stormwater Operations Manager

    ​ROADWAYS
    David Jarman, Transportation Division Manager

    COASTAL
    Daniel Adams, Coastal Program Manager​


    UPDATES, CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

    For the latest information related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia Beach, please visit emergency.vbgov.com and follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, Twitter – www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and Instagram – www.instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

    BUSINESS RESOURCES

    HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION

    • The Housing Advisory Board meeting on April 27, 2020 has been canceled.

    HUMAN RESOURCES

    • The Human Rights Commission meeting on April 9, 2020 has been canceled. ​

    LIBRARIES

    • The Public Library Board meeting on Monday, April 13, 2020 has been canceled.

    PARKS & RECREATION

    Sports league updates:

    • Adult Coed Sand Football: The remainder of the schedule has been canceled. Teams may receive a partial refund or apply the refund to partially pay for the fall registration fee. Contact cwathletics@vbgov.com for assistance.
    • Adult Spring Softball: Postponed until May 1. Teams can receive a partial refund for games being canceled in April, move the registration to the fall league or receive a full refund. Contact cwathletics@vbgov.com for assistance.
    • Youth Coed 7v7 Passing League: Postponed to begin on May 1. Individuals may request a full refund. Contact cwathletics@vbgov.com for assistance.
    • Youth Fastpitch: Still currently scheduled to begin May 5. Signups are handled by area recreation associations, so any refund requests must be made to the association directly.

    ​Summer Youth Employment Program:

    • As of now, the City of Virginia Beach has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Virginia Beach Summer Youth Employment Program. If something changes, staff will be reaching back out to candidates who submitted applications directly. In the meantime, staff is working on ways to engage these participants in skill-building and financial literacy, so please monitor emails for additional information.​

    Childcare Programs:

    • With the Governor's announcement of schools remaining closed for this academic year, all 2019/20 school year programs including licensed Early Childhood, spring break and safety camps are to remain closed/canceled.

    VIRGINIA AQUARIUM

    • Member Summer Camp Registration and Mermaid Mondays, among other events, are being postponed. For guests who have already purchased Mermaid Mondays tickets, please know that we are working to get in touch with you to coordinate refunds. If you would like to call us at your convenience for a refund, please call (757) 385-3474.

    VIRGINIA BEACH CORRECTIONAL CENTER

    • On-site inmate visitation at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center is suspended until further notice. Visit vbso.net for information on other options, including web-based video visitation.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com and follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, Twitter – www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and Instagram – www.instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries

    March 25, 2020

    Order will preserve medical beds and personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response.

    Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures to help conserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The public health emergency order does not apply to any procedure if the delay would cause harm to a patient. The order also does not apply to outpatient visits in hospital-based clinics, family planning services, or emergency needs.

    Earlier this week, Governor Northam recommended that hospitals postpone any elective surgeries, and many have already done so.

    “Hospitals and medical facilities in Virginia and around the country are in desperate need of additional masks, gowns, gloves, and other personal protective equipment,” said Governor Northam. “While we work to increase our supply, it makes sense to decrease the demand on that equipment where we can. Postponing elective surgeries allows us to divert more PPE to the medical staff who are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak so we can better protect the men and men on the front lines of this public health emergency, fighting to keep us all safe.”

    Licensed inpatient and outpatient surgical hospitals, free-standing endoscopy centers, physicians’ offices, and dental, orthodontic, and endodontic offices may perform any procedure or surgery that if delayed or canceled would result in the patient’s condition worsening. Outpatient surgical hospitals are encouraged to work with local inpatient hospitals to assist with surge capacity needs. The full text of Order of Public Health Emergency Two is available here.

    Virginia received its first shipment of PPE from the national stockpile this week and the state has made its second request. The Governor continues to call for a nationally-led response for acquiring and distributing PPE so that states are not competing against each other, the federal government, and even other countries for the equipment, causing higher prices in the private sector.

    Last week, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Two that lifts Virginia’s certificate of public need restrictions, allowing hospitals and nursing homes to increase their bed capacity as needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Governor Northam has ordered many non-essential businesses to close for 30 days, and told Virginians to stay home except for necessary trips out, so as to increase social distancing and slow the spread of the virus.

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    VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

  • City Announces Updates and Cancellations - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • City Announces Updates and Cancellations

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    The City of Virginia Beach continues to monitor and adjust to conditions related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. All citizens should practice social distancing at all times and self-quarantine when sick or exposed to someone who has the virus.

    UPDATES, CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

    Parks & Recreation

    • All events and rentals are canceled through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
    • Recreation center memberships will be extended to compensate for the days closed. (No action needed on member's part.)
    • Open Space Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 has tentatively been rescheduled for Monday, April 27, 3 p.m. in Room 101 at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 2154 Landstown Road.

    Convention & Visitors Bureau

    • Advertising Advisory Committee meeting on April 9 has been canceled.

    Cultural Affairs

    • Nomination deadline for the Champion for the Arts Award has been extended to June 1. For more information about this award and to apply, visit the Champion for the Arts Award website.
    • The final FY 20 Community Cultural Arts Grant presentations scheduled for March 26 are canceled. Applicants will be notified of the next steps in the process.
    • Arts & Humanities Commission meetings scheduled for March 26 and March 27 have been canceled. FY 21 Project Grant applicants have been notified that their grant presentations will be rescheduled for a later point. If you are a grantee or applicant and have further questions, please contact Hillary Plate, Cultural Programming and Grants Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department at hplate@vbgov.com.
    • The Public Art Committee meeting scheduled for March 27 has been canceled.
    • Additional updates can be found on the Virginia Beach Arts Facebook Page and the City of Virginia Beach Emergency information page.

    Farmers Market

    • The Farmers Market Birthday Bash on April 25 and all four Friday Night Hoedowns in April 2020 have been canceled.

    Planning

    The following Boards and Commission meetings have been canceled for the month of April

    • Board of Zoning Appeals – April 1
    • Historic Preservation Commission – April 1
    • Chesapeake Bay Preservation Advisory Board – April 6
    • City Planning Commission – April 8
    • Historical Review Board – April 15
    • Wetlands Board – April 20

    At this time, barring any other operational changes, the items that were to be heard on the April dates will be heard in May. Items that were scheduled for May will be rescheduled to another date in the future pending any other changes in operations. Applicants should contact their staff liaison/planner with any questions.

    Additionally, the following meetings are also canceled for the month of April:

    • Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) – April 2 (already canceled) and all subsequent subcommittees.
    • ITA/TA Citizen Advisory Committee – April 2
    • VB 2040 (Vision to Action Coalition) – April 10
    • Bayfront Advisory Commission – April 21
    • G.R.E.E.N. Committee – April 29

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com and follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, Twitter – www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and Instagram – www.instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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  • Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools - Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

    March 23, 2020

    Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible.

    This order goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

    “This is an unprecedented situation, and it requires unprecedented actions to protect public health and save lives,” said Governor Northam. “I know the next several weeks will be difficult. These restrictions on non-essential businesses will create hardships on the businesses and employees affected. But they are necessary, and we do not undertake them lightly. I am calling on Virginians to sacrifice now, so that we can get through this together.”

    In addition, Virginia is launching a statewide media campaign to ensure Virginians fully understand their risk and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth’s “Health in Your Hands” campaign will include radio and television spots as well as statewide billboards and highway signs.

    Public Gatherings

    All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide, beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.

    K-12 Schools

    All schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while ensuring students are served equitably, regardless of income level, access to technology, English learner status, or special needs. This includes options for additional instruction through summer programming, integrating instruction into coursework next year, and allowing students to make up content. VDOE will submit a waiver to the federal government to lift end-of-year testing requirements and is exploring options to waive state mandated tests.

    Recreation and Entertainment Businesses

    The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

    • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
    • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
    • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
    • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
    • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

    Dining and On-Site Alcohol Establishments

    All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:

    • Restaurants;
    • Dining establishments;
    • Food courts;
    • Farmers markets;
    • Breweries;
    • Microbreweries;
    • Distilleries;
    • Wineries; and
    • Tasting rooms.

    Retail Businesses

    The following retail businesses are considered essential and may remain open during normal business hours:

    • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
    • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
    • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
    • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
    • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
    • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
    • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
    • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
    • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
    • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
    • Pet stores and feed stores;
    • Printing and office supply stores; and
    • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

    All essential retail establishments must, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.

    Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed above must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment, adhere to social distancing recommendations, sanitize common surfaces, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. If any such business cannot adhere to the 10-patron limit with proper social distancing requirements, it must close.

    Additional Guidance

    Professional businesses not listed above must utilize telework as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including CDC, OSHA, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    Nothing in Executive Order Fifty-Three limits the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; the operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government.

    The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here. Additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions guide can be found here.

    Watch the video of today’s announcement here.

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  • Virginia Beach Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Death - Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Death

    March, 23, 2020

    Today, the Virginia Beach Health Department has reported the first death of a hospitalized patient who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

    The patient was a male in his 70s, with underlying health conditions. The cause of death was acute respiratory failure. The health department has initiated a contact investigation. At this time, it is early in the process to identify the source of transmission.

    “It is a sad day in our city after learning a Virginia Beach resident has died of the virus. Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” said Virginia Beach Health Director Dr. Demetria Lindsay. “Elderly individuals and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, including death. These at-risk individuals are strongly advised to take steps to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing, and stay at home as much as possible.”

    This represents the 18th positive case of COVID-19 in Virginia Beach. The health department is concerned that several recent cases may represent the first indications of potential community transmission, the extent of which, would be determined by the outcome of the investigation. “We must take action now. The choices of each of us affects our community. Public health practices by everyone are critical to slow and blunt the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Lindsay.

    This new case will be included in the statewide case count tomorrow at noon on the VDH website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

    The Regional Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For COVID-19 questions, call 757-683-2745.

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

    • 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 Public Health Emergency Order - Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Virginia Public Health Emergency Order

    March 20, 2020

    In order to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam issued a Public Health Emergency Order mandating that all restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters “reduce seating capacity to 10 patrons” at a given time. To meet this mandate, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (Health Department) and the Virginia Beach Police Department are working together and sharing resources to protect the health and safety of all in the community. In doing so, we plan to educate local establishments to ensure voluntary compliance. Please be informed that noncompliance with the emergency order may result in the suspension of the establishment’s permit.

    We recognize the important service these establishments provide within our community, not only through the service of food, drink, and entertainment, but also in shaping our local economy. However, to mitigate the spread of this virus everyone must work together. The Health Department and Police Department are asking each of the establishments mentioned above to strictly adhere to the executive order set forth by Governor Northam and the State Health Commissioner, Dr. M. Norman Oliver, until otherwise noted. While we do not intend to assertively patrol local businesses in search of those in violation of this order, we will respond to complaints for such violations and act, if necessary. By working together, we will stay strong, healthy, and overcome the challenges posed by this disease.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Health Department at 757-518-2700, option 3 or the Police Department at 757-385-4097.

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    The Virginia Beach Department of Health Encourages Precautions for Seniors and At Risk Populations for COVID-19

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health encourages seniors and those with serious chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, to take precautionary measures to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    “If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical condition (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immune compromise), you should seriously consider staying at home,” says Virginia Beach Health Director Dr. Demetria Lindsay. “We all have a responsibility and duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our community from this novel coronavirus.”

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear within 14 days of exposure from an infectious person. If any of these symptoms are present, stay home when you are sick, call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit, limit movement in the community, and limit visitors.

    To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, it is recommended that seniors and those with serious medical conditions follow these guidelines to avoid infection.

    • Stay at home as much as possible.
    • Avoid public transportation.
    • Keep space between yourself and others; the recommended distance is 6 feet.
    • Avoid people who are sick.
    • Wash your hands using soap for 20 seconds. If soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

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  • City Continues to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis; Public Officials Urge Caution, Compliance, Provide Updates - Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • City Continues to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis; Public Officials Urge Caution, Compliance, Provide Updates

    March 19, 2020

    City officials are urging caution and compliance as they respond to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus COVID-19 State of Emergency. All citizens should practice social distancing and self-quarantine when sick or exposed to someone who has the virus.

    While we have kept City parks open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging residents to take the practices of self-quarantining and social distancing extremely seriously. There have been reports of crowds gathering at public parks, and City officials are imploring people to keep their distance from others and engage in more individual activities such as walking their dogs, biking or jogging. “It is up to all of us to prevent the spread of this virus and protect those who are at the highest risk, and these practices are the best way to do so,” said Mayor Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer.

    UPDATES

    The City Treasurer’s Office will waive late payment penalties on trust tax payments (meals, lodging and admission taxes), due Friday, March 20, through the end of March 2020.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the Commonwealth’s application for disaster assistance for small businesses. The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Small business may apply at the SBA’s website.

    The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will continue to deliver services under modified operations — see emergency.vbgov.com and www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach for more information.

    For emergencies, a crime in progress, or any incident in which someone was injured, please call 911. In the spirit of social distancing, the Virginia Beach Police Department is urging residents to use an online system to notify police of non-emergency crimes. You can file non-emergency crimes two ways:

    • Call 385-5000 and request non-emergency police services. You will speak to a Crime Reporting Officer, who will ask you questions pertaining to the crime.
    • 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
    • The local Public Health Director has enforcement authority for food establishments.
    • The Health Department is partnering with the Virginia Beach Police Department in educating food establishments of the importance of voluntary compliance with the Order.
    • Observations of 10 or more patrons in a restaurant (food establishment) may result in immediate operation permit suspension per the Food Regulations. However, the Public Health Department will use the least punitive approach to achieve compliance.
    • A food establishment should have no more than 10 patrons (employees are not included) regardless of the number of separate rooms, including outdoor spaces, in the facility.

    Following the Commonwealth’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency On March 17, 2020, and in an effort to increase social distancing and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Virginians, all restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to reduce seating capacity to 10 patrons in a permitted facility, or close, while encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway service.

    Public Works Waste Management remains committed to meeting the needs of Virginia Beach residents in these trying times. Trash, recycling, yard debris and bulky item collection continue to operate under normal conditions. The Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road, remains open. Normal hours for the landfill are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Walk-in service is temporarily discontinued and phone service will be limited. For faster service, customers are encouraged to contact us by email at wastemgt@vbgov.com; by website at www.vbgov.com/wastemgt; or through the SeeClickFix phone app.

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

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  • Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions to Address COVID-19 - Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Governor Northam Announces Additional Actions to Address COVID-19


    March 19, 2020

    Co-pays eliminated for all Medicaid-covered services, tax relief, small businesses can begin applying for low-interest federal disaster loans

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced further actions to protect public health and support Virginians impacted by the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

    Video of today’s media briefing is available here.

    Increased Access to Health Care

    Working with the Department of Medicaid Assistance Services, Governor Northam is increasing access to health care for Virginia’s 1.5 million Medicaid members and thousands of low-income residents. These actions include:

    • Eliminating all co-payments for services covered by Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), including COVID-19-related treatment as well as other medical care.
    • Ensuring current Medicaid members do not inadvertently lose coverage due to lapses in paperwork or a change in circumstances.
    • Permitting Medicaid members to obtain a 90-day supply of many routine prescriptions, an increase from the 30-day supply under previous rules.
    • Waiving pre-approval requirements for many critical medical services, and enacting automatic extensions for approvals that are already in place.
    • Expanding access to telehealth services, including allowing Medicaid reimbursement for providers who use telehealth with patients in the home.

    Guidance for Child Care Providers

    Governor Northam has directed the Department of Social Services to modify Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy program, which is currently caring for 25,000 children, to increase support and flexibility for enrolled families and providers. These modifications include:

    • Expanding eligibility for school-aged children currently designated for part-day care to full-day care.
    • Increasing the number of paid absences from 36 to 76 days for both level 1 and level 2 providers.
    • Automatically extending eligibility for families due for eligibility redetermination in the near future by 2 months and temporarily suspending the requirement for face-to-face interviews.

    As announced yesterday, the Northam administration has released guidance for child care providers to slow the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring continued support for essential personnel. These guidelines include:

    • Childcare providers should limit capacity to 10 total individuals per room and prioritize care for children of essential personnel.
    • Children should eat meals in their own classrooms and increase distance as much as possible, such as allowing only one classroom at a time to go outside and staggering exits and entrances to reduce contact.
    • Staff and children should focus on basic health precautions, including regular hand washing and cleaning frequently touched objects.

    Support for Impacted Businesses

    Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

    Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

    The Governor has requested that the Department of Taxation to extend the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

    Justice-Involved Population

    Local, regional, and state public safety agencies are working in close coordination to ensure the safety of employees and residents in correctional facilities. The following information is issued jointly by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC), the Virginia Sheriffs Association (VSA), the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys (VACA), the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (IDC), and the Virginia Association of Regional Jails (VARJ).

    The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) has suspended all in-person visitation to state correctional facilities and is complying with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control related to COVID-19. VADOC has also suspended all transfers from local and regional jails for the next 30 days to limit potential exposure to the virus.

    Governor Northam is encouraging local criminal justice officials, including Commonwealth’s attorneys, defense attorneys, sheriffs, and other jail officials, to explore proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring public safety. These recommendations include:

    • Allowing sentence modifications that can reduce populations within the jails, as outlined in Va. Code § 19.2-303.
    • Diverting offenders from being admitted into jail prior to trial, including the use of summonses by law enforcement in lieu of arrest pursuant to Va. Code § 19.2-74, and use of local pretrial programs as available and with consideration to local capacity.
    • Considering ways to reduce low-risk offenders that are being held without bail in jails.
    • Utilizing alternative solutions to incarceration such as home electronic monitoring, pursuant to Va. Code § 53.1-131.2.

    Motor Vehicle Inspections

    Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend the enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.

    For a comprehensive list of actions Governor Northam has announced to combat COVID-19 in Virginia, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.

  • Health Department - Modified Operations - Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Health Department - Modified Operations

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis response, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health will continue on modified operations until further notice. Services will be provided as follows:

    The Clinic will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for the following services:

    Wednesday:

    • Maternity: AM by appointment only
    • STI: PM by appointment only

    Thursday

    • STI: AM/PM by appointment only
    • Family Planning PM by appointment only

    Pharmacy hours will be:

    • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    The WIC program will operate normal hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at all WIC offices.

    Dental services will be closed, providing emergency services only.

    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.

    Clinic appointments can be made at: (757) 518-2700, option #1.

  • City Announces Latest Information Including Animal Care Adoption Center Modified Operating Conditions - Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • City Announces Latest Information Including Animal Care Adoption Center Modified Operating Conditions

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (March 19, 2020) — City officials are responding to a variety of questions from residents. See what people are asking and discover the answers at the City's coronavirus FAQs page.

    CANCELLATIONS

    The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board public hearing scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020 has been canceled. All items have been moved to the April 6, 2020 public hearing date.

    VIRGINIA BEACH ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION CENTER (VBACAC)

    The VBACAC remains open for business, with many wonderful animals up for adoption that would love to practice social distancing with a new human family. Current specials are running through March 31: sterilization fees are waived for dogs; ½-off cat adoptions; and all fees are waived for any pet 7 years of age or older.

    People are welcome to come adopt and reclaim pets by appointment, as the Center is facilitating social distancing and limiting the number of people in the building at any one time to keep everyone safe. The public is encouraged to interact with the VBACAC via Facebook to schedule an appointment to:

    • Meet/adopt a specific pet
    • Browse the selection of pets currently available or
    • Look for a missing pet

    Guests should expect to wait in their car until space in the lobby is managed. Staff is using Facebook Messenger to communicate with citizens regarding their appointment time.
    VBACAC is 100% committed to providing quality service to every customer. People can also contact the Center via phone or email for assistance with making appointments for various services.

    How to contact us:
    Phone: 757.385.4444 #2
    E-mail: VBPDAC@vbgov.com
    Facebook Messenger: www.facebook.com/VBAnimalCareandAdoptionCenter/

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

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  • City Continues Response to Coronavirus Threat - Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • City Continues Response to Coronavirus Threat

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    "The health and safety of our community is a top priority during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 crisis," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "Please visit emergency.vbgov.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information."

    City staff is continuously making adjustments to ensure that services continue in the safest possible manner. Here are some updates.

    Police Headquarters and the First Precinct

    In-person services at 2509 Princess Anne Road in the Municipal Center have been modified. The following services will remain available:

    • Sex Offender Registrations
    • Felony Registrations
    • Court Mandated Traveling Felon Registrations

    The following services have been suspended:

    • All permits applications
    • Concealed Handgun Permit applications
    • Local Record Checks – employment, background, etc.
    • Fingerprinting of individuals

    City Real Estate Assessor

    • The City Real Estate Assessor's Office will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Employees are available and will be conducting all business by email, telephone, fax or mail. Some exterior inspections will be performed due to real estate assessment appeals, but no employees are allowed to enter buildings for interior inspections until further notice.
    • Real Estate Assessment Appeal deadlines will be extended if deemed necessary by the Assessor.
    • Please see the contact telephone numbers and email addresses located on the Assessor's website: www.vbgov.com/realestate.

    Department of Human Services

    • Beach House, SkillQuest and Adult Day Treatment will be closed until further notice.
    • The Juvenile Detention Center has canceled visitation.
    • Pathways Center has reduced to eight individuals and has suspended visitation until further notice.
    • Developmental Services group homes have discontinued community outings and family home visits.
    • Intermediate Care Facilities have discontinued community outings and have limited visitors to two per consumer. The limited visitation policy is under review and may be subject to further changes.
    • Opioid Treatment and Recovery Services will continue funding individuals currently enrolled in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at their current rate and peer recovery specialists will manage the Warmline as well as conduct phone outreach services.
    • We are suspending all non-essential group activities including trainings, meetings, clinical groups, etc., until further notice.
    • Staff transportation of consumers has been suspended without prior approval.
    • Individuals seeking Same Day Access for behavioral health services are being screened in a first-floor conference room near the Pembroke 6 entrance. The room is large enough to maintain social distancing while a nurse conducts the initial screening.

    The Office of Volunteer Resources wants you to know:

    • Citizens who need assistance, i.e., food, mental health counseling, housing, etc., can call the United Way hotline at (757) 858-7777, or fill out a form online at unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus and a case manager will contact them.
    • People who would like to volunteer to assist others can register at Volunteer Hampton Roads: www.volunteerhr.org/coronavirus.
    • The United Way of South Hampton Roads has established a Coronavirus Recovery Fund for financial donations: unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus.

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

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  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Fifth COVID-19 Case - Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Fifth COVID-19 Case

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    The Virginia Beach Health Department has reported its fifth case of COVID-19 in the Health District. The positive case is 49 year old male. The resident has a history of international travel to an area affected by COVID-19. Upon return to the U.S., he followed guidelines to remain at home and limit his contact with others. Upon development of symptoms, he was tested through a private laboratory. The Virginia Beach Health Department was notified on March 16 of the positive test results for COVID-19. To protect patient privacy, the health district will provide no further information about the patient. This case has not been included in the statewide count, but will be included in the next update www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

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

    • 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.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available. Residents may learn more about COVID-19 from www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

  • Virginia Beach Public Utilities Responds to Coronavirus Threat - Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Public Utilities Responds to Coronavirus Threat

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Due to impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Virginia Beach Public Utilities is not accepting walk-in customers and is accepting limited customer service requests by telephone (385-4631) until further notice. Customers should only call for:

    • Water turn-on requests for new service
    • Water turn-off requests for moving out
    • No water complaints
    • Low water pressure complaints
    • Burst pipes
    • Hazardous meter lids

    Customers are encouraged to use our online resources to avoid long delays waiting to get through to customer service representatives. Routine requests can be submitted through PU Online Services and will be processed as quickly as possible. Use Online Services to:

    • View account and balance information
    • View and print past and present billing statements
    • View consumption history
    • Update account contact information
    • Submit requests to start, stop or transfer service
    • Track the status of service requests and view messages from Public Utilities
    • Request a bill adjustment for a repaired leak
    • And more!

    If you are unable to access Online Services, you can also submit a request through email at vbwater@vbgov.com. Please include your first and last name, a callback number, the service address, and your 16-digit account number if you have it. Please note that requests submitted through Online Services will take priority over requests submitted through email.

    Appointments for processing utility connection fees (for new and renovated properties connecting to city water/sewer for the first time) will now be conducted exclusively by telephone. Utility connection fee payments can be mailed in or placed in the drop box behind Building 23 at 2473 North Landing Road. Call (757) 385-4171 to schedule a phone appointment for a fee review and determination.

    At this time, Public Utilities 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.

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  • Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit - Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit

    For Immediate Release: March 17, 2020
    Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

    Order gives law enforcement the ability to enforce 10-patron limit in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today issued a public health emergency order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters. The order gives local and state law enforcement the ability to enforce this ban, which was announced by the Governor earlier today, if needed.

    “I hope that everyone will have the common sense to stay home tonight and in the days ahead,” said Governor Northam. “This order will ensure that state and local officials have the tools they need to keep people safe.

    The full text of the order is available here.

  • City Updates Changes to Services, Programs and Facilities - Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • City Updates Changes to Services, Programs and Facilities

    Virginia Beach, Va. (March 17, 2020) — ​With few exceptions, all City of Virginia Beach offices and facilities are closed to the public as the City continues operating under modified conditions. City offices will remain open so that staff can continue to deliver services, but they will be closed to the public. City business should be completed via phone, email or online.

    • City jobs – Submit applications at www.vbgovcareers.com. Walk-in assistance will not be available in Building 18, room 106 through March 31, 2020.

    UPDATE

    Courts and Clerk’s Offices

    We are closely monitoring guidance from the local, state and federal agencies related to COVID-19 with regard to the state mandated duties we have as a Clerk’s Office.

    Access to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, per a Court Order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia, will be limited. Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be limiting individuals entering the Courthouse.

    • The court is open for emergency matters as set forth in the Supreme Court Order issued on March 16, 2020, which can be found on the Supreme Court’s website at www.courts.state.va.us.
    • Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will be operating with a very limited staff; however, the Clerk’s Office will conduct all business through Building 10B of the Courthouse.
      • Civil or criminal filings – leave in lockbox on the steps of 10B for drop off.
      • Deed/land record recordings – leave in separate lockbox on the steps of 10B
      • Electronic recording available through two vendors, Simplifile (800-460-5657) and CSC (866-652-0111).
      • Lockboxes will be checked several times each day, staff will handle those documents as if they were brought in at the counter. For any other emergency matters that just cannot be postponed until April 7, please call the numbers below.

    Contact Numbers (limited staff working so it may take a few minutes to get answered)

    • Tina Sinnen, Circuit Court Clerk: 385-8817
    • Tracey Entwisle, Chief Deputy Clerk: 385-8819
    • Pam Walizer, Land Records Supervisor: 385-8829
    • Nancy White, Civil Supervisor: 385-8532
    • Elena Chan, Civil Asst. Supervisor: 385-4273
    • Gigi Smith, Criminal Supervisor: 385-4043
    • Nilla Harris, Criminal Asst. Supervisor: 385-4489
    • Valerie Manigo, Criminal Asst. Supervisor: 385-8907

    OTHER CLOSINGS, CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

    • Voter Registration & Elections Office Agriculture Department (Building 14) is closed to the public.
    • Thursday, March 19 Excellence in Agriculture Awards banquet has been re-scheduled to Thursday, May 14, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
    • Virginia Beach parks - All scheduled events, activities and reservations canceled through Sunday, March 29. Visitors may still come to parks, practice social distancing. Surfaces such as picnic tables, park benches and playground equipment are not sanitized.
    • The Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility remains open, City waiving launch fees through Sunday, March 29.
    • The 29th Annual Spring Open House and accompanying Native Plant Sale at the Francis Land House scheduled for April 4 has been canceled. For updates, please email vbhistory@vbgov.com, or email the South Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society at stasulisss@hotmail.com.
    • The Cherry Blossom Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been canceled.

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

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  • Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians - Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians

    For Immediate Release: March 17, 2020
    Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

    Directs adherence to 10-person gathering ban, quarantine for high-risk individuals, worker and employer support

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional steps to help Virginians impacted by novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus in the Commonwealth, and protect public health.

    “Everyone must play a role to help flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of this virus, and that starts with social distancing,” said Governor Northam. “We know this will be a hardship for many businesses, and we are assisting workers affected by closures. Public health relies on every individual using common sense and making responsible decisions. We can and will get through this difficult time. But we must work together to do so.”

    Video of today’s media briefing is available here.

    Further Reducing Public Gatherings

    Governor Northam told Virginians to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, per federal guidelines. This does not include normal operations at essential services such as manufacturers, distribution centers, airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, grocery stores, or pharmacies.

    Protecting High-Risk Virginians

    Those with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older should self-quarantine. Public health experts advise that individuals with underlying medical conditions and those aged 65 or older are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Governor Northam encouraged neighbors and friends to stay in touch and regularly check in with high-risk individuals.

    Increasing Social Distancing

    All restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to significantly reduce their capacity to 10 patrons, or close. Restaurants are encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway options.

    Support for Affected Workers

    Governor Northam announced the following actions to protect working Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak:

    • No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
    • Enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
    • Fewer restrictions. For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.

    The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.

    Support for Impacted Employers

    • Regional workforce teams will be activated to support employers that slow or cease operations. Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.
    • The Governor is authorizing rapid response funding, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.

    Department of Motor Vehicle Office Closures

    • Virginia’s 75 DMV offices, as well as mobile units, will close to the public.
    • Online services will remain available, and anyone needing to renew a license or vehicle registration is encouraged to do so online.
    • For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.

    Courts

    Governor Northam requested and the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a judicial emergency in response to COVID-19. From Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption. This includes a prohibition on new eviction cases for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19. All non-exempted court deadlines are tolled and extended for a period of 21 days.

    Utilities

    The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    For a comprehensive list of actions Governor Northam has announced to combat COVID-19 in Virginia, visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.

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  • City Announces Changes to Some Services, Programs and Facilities as Part of COVID-19 Response - Monday, March 16, 2020
  • City Announces Changes to Some Services, Programs and Facilities as Part of COVID-19 Response

    Most services are continuing as normal, although the City is making temporary operational modifications to ensure the health and safety of the community and City staff. These changes will ensure continuity of important programs and services while modifying non-essential activities. In each area, staff is committed to working through situations with residents on a case-by-case basis. For the latest updates on services, cancellations, announcements and resources, visit emergency.vbgov.com.

    City Council

    • Tuesday, March 17 formal agenda meeting is cancelled
    • A brief informal meeting is planned for a COVID-19 update and take action on one item
    • Planning and any other items that require a public hearing currently on the agenda for March 17 would be carried forward, with appropriate notification, to the April 7 agenda
    • Should applicants want their items deferred to a different date, they can work with staff

    Libraries

    • All branches closed at least until March 27, 2020.
    • Use your library card to access e-books, digital magazines, music and movies, as well as research resources, online classes, SAT prep tests and more at www.VBgov.com/digital-library.
    • No items will become overdue while library buildings are closed and no additional fines will accrue on items currently overdue; no holds will expire on-shelf.
    • Library staff members are available to assist you at (757) 385-0150 or library@vbgov.com between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Recreation Centers

    • All centers are closed at least until March 27, 2020. Parks remain open although all events in the parks are canceled.

    Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and The Adventure Park

    • Closed until at least March 27

    City Treasurer

    • Conducting all transactions online, by email or mail. Call corresponding office with questions.
    • The following locations will be closed to the public:
      • Beach location – 420 Birdneck Circle, 23451
      • Kempsville location – 5340 Fairfield Shopping Center, 23464
      • Lynnhaven location – 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, 23452
      • Thalia location – 4001 Virginia Beach Blvd, 23452
    • Drop boxes at outlying locations can still be utilized.
    • Please see the contact telephone numbers and email addresses located on the Treasurer's website: www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-treasurer/Pages/default.aspx

    Commissioner of the Revenue

    • Conducting all transactions online, by email or mail. Call corresponding office with questions.
    • Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Relief for Senior or Disabled Citizens - Filing deadline extended. Schedule an appointment after the threat of the Coronavirus has lessened. Applications or affirmations may be submitted by July 31, 2020. Apply by calling (757) 385-4385 or by email at REQ@vbgov.com.
    • New Business Licenses – call (757) 385-4515 or email business@vbgov.com for proper instructions. Applications can be completed and mailed.
    • Existing Business Licenses – Renewals, payments and some account updates can be completed online at www.vbgov.com/cor (select the blue tab labeled VBePay Business License Portal).
    • Personal Property Services – (757) 385-4487 – persprop@vbgov.com.
    • DMV Select Transactions and Services – (804) 497-7100 - Dealer title work can be dropped off. You will receive a telephone call upon completion. All Virginia Beach DMV Select services through the Commissioner of the Revenue will be discontinued until further notice. We urge you to conduct DMV business at www.DMVNow.com.
    • Audits – (757) 385-8660 – busaudit@vbgov.com - Taxpayers in receipt of an audit engagement letter from the Commissioner's Office are encouraged to send the requested information to busaudit@vbgov.com or USPS to: Commissioner of the Revenue, Attn: Audit Department, 2401 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    Housing & Neighborhood Preservation

    • The office is closed to public visitors. Call (757) 385-5750 or email HouseNP@vbgov.com for services
    • Code Enforcement - If an immediate inspection of your property is necessary, please contact Code Enforcement at (757) 385-4421. Staff will review your case and determine how to proceed. To register a code complaint, use the online form (www.vbgov.com/government/departments/housing-neighborhood-preservation/code-enforcement/Pages/register-a-complaint.aspx) or call Code Enforcement.
    • Rental Housing/Home Rehabilitation Programs - All previously scheduled in-person appointments/visits will be canceled, no in-person appointments/visits will be scheduled until further notice. For more information, please call (757) 385-5750.
    • Housing Resource Center - The Housing Resource Center will not accept walk-ins or visitors beginning Tuesday, March 17. People experiencing a housing crisis should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Referrals will be managed via telephone, not in person. Shelter services are at capacity and no new residents will be accepted until further notice.

    Planning/Permits & Inspections

    • Limiting public access both in the office and out in the field.
    • Online Inspections Requests and Permitting options are available for all Plan Review, Commercial and Residential Building and all Trade permits. You may also pay for these services online. Please visit www.vbgov.com/permits for more information or to login to the Permitting System. For further questions, please call at (757) 385-4211, option 3.

    Public Works/Waste Management

    • All transactions (purchase of trash and recycle carts and rental of yard debris containers) are being handled by phone. Call (757) 385-4650 or visit www.vbgov.com/wastemgt.

    Sheriff's Office

    OTHER SERVICES

    Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney

    • The office will be on a modified operating schedule beginning today, March 16, at 5 p.m. The office will not be open to the public through April 6.

    Courts and Clerk's Offices

    • Access to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, per a Court Order issued today from the Supreme Court of Virginia, will be limited. Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office Deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be limiting individuals entering the Courthouse.
    • The Court is open for emergency matters as set for in the Supreme Court Order issued yesterday which can be found on the Supreme Court's website at www.courts.state.va.us.
    • Although the building is not open to the general public, limited staff will be working; however, the Clerk's Office will conduct all business through Building 10B of the Courthouse.
    • For any civil or criminal filings, there will be a lock box on the steps of 10B for drop off.
    • For any deed/land record recordings, there will be another lock box on the steps of 10B for drop off of documents, or we also have electronic recording available through two vendors, Simplifile (800-460-5657) and CSC (866-652-0111). The lock boxes will be checked several times during the day for paper filings, and we will handle those documents as if they were brought in at the counter.
    • For any other emergency matters that just cannot be postponed until April 7th, please call the numbers below:
    • Tina Sinnen, Circuit Court Clerk 385-8817
      Tracey Entwisle, Chief Deputy Clerk 385-8819
      Pam Walizer, Land Records Supervisor 385-8829
      Nancy White, Civil Supervisor 385-8532
      Elena Chan, Civil Asst. Supervisor 385-4273
      Gigi Smith, Criminal Supervisor 385-4043
      Nilla Harris, Criminal Asst. Supervisor 385-4489
      Valerie Manigo, Crim. Asst. Supervisor 385-8907

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

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  • Virginia Beach Courthouse closed to the public through April 6 - Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Courthouse closed to the public through April 6

    In keeping with order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia today, the Virginia Beach Courthouse will be CLOSED effective immediately and continuing through April 6, unless the closure is extended by the court. With the exception of the emergency proceedings listed in the attached order – which include bond hearings, arraignments and hearings for emergency protective orders – all criminal and civil matters will be continued until after April 6.

    Those who have a pending civil or criminal matter scheduled for that time should contact the appropriate court for their new court date. All other offices located inside the Courthouse will also be closed – including the clerks’ offices and Community Corrections and Pretrial – and you will have to contact them directly for information on available services during this closure. Contact information is available at vbgov.com.

    For Virginia Beach Circuit Court filings, lockboxes will be provided for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recording paperwork on the steps of the Courthouse Extension (Building 10B). Electronic recording will also be available. Additional information is available at vblandrecords.com.

    This closure will be strictly enforced by Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office deputies and only those individuals on official business pursuant to the Supreme Court order will be permitted inside the building.

    Employees who must access the Courthouse to obtain their work materials will be permitted inside the building on Tuesday, March 17.

    Any questions or requests for additional information from the news media may be directed to: Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: 757.385.8446 (office) or 757.570.9123 (cellphone).

  • City Closing Recreation Centers, Libraries and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; Tuesday's Formal City Council Meeting Canceled, Items to be Carried Forward - Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • City Closing Recreation Centers, Libraries and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; Tuesday's Formal City Council Meeting Canceled, Items to be Carried Forward

    ​Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Virginia Beach will be closing all recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for at least the next two weeks to support efforts to slow or mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Staff should report as usual. Parks will remain open for now, although all events in the parks are cancelled and we encourage parents and others to avoid large gatherings in the parks. "Social distancing is still one of the best ways we have to combat the spread of the virus," said Dr. Demetria Lindsay with the Virginia Beach Health Department. "If you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health provider."

    "These are prudent steps we are taking for the collective health and safety of our community," said Mayor Bobby Dyer. "Limiting our non-essential gatherings and following all of the basic hygiene advice we have received, including frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, are the best tools we have. This takes all of us working together to be effective."

    Out of a similar concern over large gatherings, the Virginia Beach City Council will only hold a brief informal meeting on Tuesday, March 17 to receive a COVID-19 Update report and take action on one item. The formal agenda meeting is cancelled and the Planning and any other items that require a public hearing currently on the agenda for March 17 would be carried forward, with appropriate notification, to the April 7 agenda. Should applicants want their items deferred to a different date, they can work with staff. Also, staff is exploring options for how best to disseminate the City Manager's Recommended Budget on March 24 in lieu of a formal meeting.

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

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  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Fourth COVID-19 Case - Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Fourth COVID-19 Case

    The Virginia Beach Health Department has reported its fourth case of COVID-19 in the Health District. The positive case is a woman in her 70's and is a contact of a previous case. They were international travelers to an area affected by COVID-19. Upon return to the U.S., they followed guidelines to remain at home and limit their contact with others. Upon development of symptoms, she was tested through the Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services. The Virginia Beach Health Department was notified on March 14 of the positive test results for COVID-19. To protect patient privacy, the health district will provide no further information about the patient. This case will be included in the statewide count of cases at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Reports First COVID-19 Death in the Peninsula Health District - Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Reports First COVID-19 Death in the Peninsula Health District

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 14, 2020
    MEDIA CONTACT: Maria Reppas, Director of Communications maria.reppas@vdh.virginia.gov

    (Richmond, Va.) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Peninsula Health District reported the death of a hospitalized patient who previously tested positive for COVID-19. This event marks the first death in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to COVID-19.

    The patient was a male in his 70s who acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.

    “On behalf of the entire Commonwealth, we express our deepest sympathy for the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “The health of our residents and the community is our top priority, and we will continue working together to care for the patients, protect the safety of health care workers, and protect the people in our Commonwealth.”

    This case was recorded by VDH when it was first identified.

    The Peninsula Health District has activated its incident management team and is deploying all necessary resources in order to contain this outbreak. Public Health officials are reaching out to all identified contacts of COVID-19 cases.

    The Peninsula Health District has been working very closely to identify people who have been in potential contact with people known to have tested positive for coronavirus. They are interviewing affected people and giving instructions on how to protect themselves and others.

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

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Third COVID-19 Case - Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms its Third COVID-19 Case

    The Virginia Beach Health Department has reported its third case of COVID-19 in the Health District. The positive case is an eighty year old male. The resident has a history of international travel to an area affected by COVID-19. Upon return to the U.S., he followed guidelines to remain at home and limit his contact with others. Upon development of symptoms, he was tested through the Department of Consolidated Laboratory Services. The Virginia Beach Health Department was notified early on March 14 of the positive test results for COVID-19. To protect patient privacy, the health district will provide no further information about the patient. This case will be included in the statewide count of cases at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

  • Virginia Beach Public Health Department Implements Modified Operations - Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Public Health Department Implements Modified Operations

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — March 14, 2020 — Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis response, modified operations have been implemented for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. Services will be provided as follows:

    The Clinic will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the following services:

    • Wednesday- Maternity: AM by appointment only
    • Wednesday - STI: PM by appointment only
    • Thursday - STI: AM/PM by appointment only
    • Thursday- Family Planning PM by appointment only

    Pharmacy hours will be:

    • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m.

    Other Services

    • The WIC program will operate normal hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at all WIC offices.
    • Dental services will be closed for the week of March 16-20.
    • The services for Vital Statistics will be closed the week of March 16-20. 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.
    • Clinic appointments can be made at: (757) 518-2700 (option 1)

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  • Virginia Beach Declares State of Emergency, Virginia Beach Schools Closed, Something in the Water - Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Declares State of Emergency, Virginia Beach Schools Closed, Something in the Water

    Virginia Beach Declares State of Emergency

    Acting City Manager Tom Leahy issued a declaration of local emergency for the City of Virginia Beach, effective at 3 p.m. today, due to the coronavirus or COVID-19. The Declaration supports the activation of the Emergency Operations Center/Joint Information Center and allows the City to access resources reserved for emergency response. The City Council will consider this declaration at its next meeting.

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    Emergency Declaration

    Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

    Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

    Schools will close from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, at a minimum. Localities will maintain authority over specific staffing decisions to ensure students maintain continuity of services or learning, while protecting the public health of teachers and staff.

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    Something in the Water Postponed

    Message from Pharrell: After much consideration, in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, we’ve sadly decided to postpone SOMETHING IN THE WATER 2020.

    We will return April 23-25, 2021 as part of our normal annual schedule. All tickets for 2020 will be honored for next year’s festival. Original purchasers must obtain a refund by submitting a request on this website after March 20, 2020. All refund requests must be submitted through this website and no refunds will be processed by contacting Front Gate Tickets via phone or email.

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  • Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks - Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

    Statewide closure intended to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus

    For Immediate Release: March 13, 2020
    Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

    Schools will close from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, at a minimum. Localities will maintain authority over specific staffing decisions to ensure students maintain continuity of services or learning, while protecting the public health of teachers and staff.

    “We are taking this action to keep Virginians as safe and healthy as possible, and to minimize exposure to COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “I recognize this will pose a hardship on many families, but closing our schools for two weeks will not only give our staff time to clean and disinfect school facilities, it will help slow the spread of this virus. This is a fluid and fast-changing situation. We will do everything possible to ensure that students who rely on school nutrition programs continue to have access to meals, and that the disruption to academics is as minimal as possible.”

    Virginia Department of Education officials are working closely with school divisions and the Department of Social Services to ensure students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs are able to access those programs while schools are closed. The Department of Education will issue guidance and memos to superintendents across the Commonwealth to provide specifics about the continuity of education, school nutrition, and updated public health guidelines.

    “We recognize this decision places burdens on many of our parents and families, especially for those who rely on school nutrition programs for access to healthy food for their children,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “However, we believe closing Virginia schools is in the Commonwealth’s best interest as we seek to stop the spread of COVID-19. Virginia will continue to explore and implement innovative approaches to provide meals to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch during this closure.”

    School officials are also working to minimize disruptions to instructional time.

    “The Department of Education is working closely with divisions to minimize disruptions to our students’ academic development by encouraging schools to provide students and families with educational resources throughout this time,” said Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We are committed to help divisions address all the implications of these closures and will seek to provide each division with maximum flexibility to address local needs as they arise, especially as it relates to make-up days.”

    On Thursday, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency for Virginia, which will provide increased flexibility to ease regulatory requirements and procurement rules, continue federal and multi-state coordination, and ensure continued access to critical services for the most vulnerable Virginians.

    Governor Northam also halted specially-scheduled state events and conferences for 30 days, and banned out-of-state travel for state employees, with allowances for individuals in border communities.

  • SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans - Friday, March 13, 2020
  • SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

    Release Date: March 12, 2020 Contact: Jennifer.Kelly@sba.gov (202)205-7036

    Release Number: 20-24 Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram

    WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:

    “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

    Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
    • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
    • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
    • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

    For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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  • Peninsula Health District Confirms Two Positive Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Peninsula Health District Confirms Two Positive Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    March 12, 2020

    Media Contact: Irene Ferrainolo, Irene.ferrainolo@vdh.virginia.gov

    (Newport News, VA.) – The Peninsula Health District announced that two residents have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These cases mark the first two cases in the Peninsula Health District. It is believed that these cases were related to international travel and were not acquired through local community spread. The Peninsula Health District is currently conducting a thorough investigation of these cases and any potential exposures.

    “Given the nature of the current outbreak, discovering COVID-19 in our community does not come as a surprise and we expect to see more cases in the coming weeks. Fortunately, at this time we have not seen community-wide spread of the virus,” said Peninsula Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck. The health department continues to conduct surveillance and investigation of any future potential cases. This is a continually evolving situation in Virginia and nationwide, and the Health Department will continue to keep people informed.

    Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe symptoms, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

    To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19 - Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19

    GOVERNOR ISSUES GUIDANCE ON LARGE EVENTS AND STATE WORKFORCE, ACTIVATES LONG-TERM ECONOMIC PLAN

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2020

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

    While Virginia has been thoroughly preparing for weeks and has adequate funding to address the situation, this declaration will allow the Commonwealth increased flexibility to ease regulatory requirements and procurement rules, continue federal and multi-state coordination, and ensure continued access to critical services for the most vulnerable Virginians. In addition, it has become increasingly clear that states must take a primary leadership role in the national response to COVID-19. The full text of the Governor’s emergency declaration is available here.

    “Our top priority is to make sure Virginians stay safe and healthy, and that our response to this situation leaves no one behind,” said Governor Northam. “From our health department, to our schools, to our hospitals, to our transit systems, Virginia’s agencies and institutions have been thoroughly planning for every scenario. This emergency declaration will ensure we can continue to prepare for and appropriately respond to Virginians’ needs during this time.”

    Governor Northam also announced additional steps to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians, including:

    Ban on State Employee Travel and Implementation of Telework Policies

    Virginia has over 100,000 state employees stationed throughout the Commonwealth. Governor Northam has halted all official travel outside of Virginia by state employees, with increased flexibility for inter-state commuters and essential personnel. Specific guidance will be released to agency heads and state employees, and Virginia will revisit these guidelines after 30 days.

    Governor Northam has also directed his Secretary of Administration to implement a phased transition to teleworking for state employees. The Department of Human Resources Management will work with the Virginia Department of Health’s Equity Workgroup to prioritize support for impacted state employees that may be unable to perform their duties from home, including janitorial, food, and grounds staff.

    The Department of Human Resources Management has worked to ensure all agencies have updated emergency operations and leave policies. State employees, including part-time employees, can access paid Public Health Emergency Leave in the event of exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk travel.

    Public Gatherings and Large Events

    In accordance with advice from state public health experts, the Commonwealth of Virginia will cancel all specially-scheduled state conferences and large events for a minimum of 30 days.

    Governor Northam is directing state agencies, through the Department of Human Resource Management, to limit in-person meetings and non-essential, work-related gatherings.

    Governor Northam is also urging localities and non-profits to limit large public events, effective immediately. Localities should make these decisions in coordination with their local health departments and the Virginia Department of Health. Highly populated localities and those with close proximity to positive cases are strongly encouraged to announce updated event guidance by Friday, March 13, at 5:00 PM, in advance of the weekend.

    Long-Term Economic Planning

    Governor Northam is also assessing the potential long-term economic impacts of COVID-19. While containing the spread of the public health threat remains a top priority, Governor Northam is working with state and local partners to ensure Virginia are prepared for any continued economic disruption.

    Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade will coordinate regularly with representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission, the Virginia Economic Development Council, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Virginia Tax Commission, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and other relevant stakeholders.

    Throughout his administration, Governor Northam has worked closely with state legislators to protect Virginia’s strong economy and prepare for unexpected economic shocks. The General Assembly will vote today on a budget that boosts Virginia’s reserve funds more than at any other time in the Commonwealth’s history, an essential mechanism to ensure continued state services regardless of economic uncertainty.

    Ongoing State Response Efforts

    The Commonwealth of Virginia is continuing to execute a multi-agency response plan across all levels of government. Efforts include the following:

    Schools

    • The Department of Education has advised all school districts to update their pandemic guidelines, in consultation with their local health departments.
    • The Northam administration continues to be in regular communication with superintendents, university and community college presidents, to provide guidance on the unique situations they are facing on the ground.

    Nursing Homes

    • The Virginia Department of Health has expanded its testing criteria to ensure that anyone who has symptoms and is in a nursing home is top priority and gets immediate testing.
    • Nursing homes and senior care facilities have updated their policies to provide additional visitor screening and increased monitoring of patients.

    Vulnerable Virginians

    • Virginia’s social services agencies are preparing options to ensure the most vulnerable populations have continued access to critical services, including the potential for in-home care and food supports.
    • In the event of extended school closures, the Virginia Department of Social Services is working with local partners, such as food pantries, to ensure no one goes hungry.

    Addressing Barriers to Care

    • Virginia is working with insurers to waive co-pays and diagnostic testing related to COVID-19.
    • Governor Northam continues to encourage private businesses to explore telework and paid time off options, including those with hourly workers.

    Transportation

    • Across the Commonwealth’s transportation network, which includes airports, Metro, buses, and rail, the Virginia Department of Transportation is adjusting cleaning schedules according to CDC protocol.
    • Virginia is training all transportation employees to spot indications of COVID-19, help reduce the potential spread of disease, and provide accurate information on symptoms, prevention, and diagnostic testing.

    Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

  • Chickahominy Health District Confirms a “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Chickahominy Health District Confirms a “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2020

    (Hanover, VA.) – The Chickahominy Health District announced that a resident has tested “presumptive positive” for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This case marks the first case in the Chickahominy Health District, and the ninth case in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    “Discovering a case of COVID-19 in our community does not come as a surprise given international travel from an affected area,” said Chickahominy Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck. “We are fortunate that the resident followed our public health advice in accordance with the latest guidelines by staying home and limiting contact with others; consequently, we believe the risk to the general community remains low.”

    The presumptive positive case is a teen who resides within the Chickahominy Health District. The individual recently returned from international travel to an area with ongoing community transmission of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The resident returned to the United States on March 4 and followed guidelines to stay home for 14 days and monitor his health. The resident did not attend school. The resident developed symptoms on March 8 and was tested for the novel coronavirus by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond. The positive test results returned today are considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient is currently doing well and is isolated at home.

    Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe symptoms, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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

    • 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 w
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms "Presumptive Positive" Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Health District Confirms "Presumptive Positive" Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    March 10, 2020

    Media Contact: Larry Hill: larry.hill@vdh.virginia.gov

    (Virginia Beach, VA.) – The Virginia Beach Health Department announced that two residents have tested “presumptive positive” for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These cases mark the first two cases in the Virginia Beach Health District, and the sixth and seventh cases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All reported cases in Virginia have been travel related and there is no evidence of community transmission of COVID19 in Virginia.

    “We are aware that exposure for these two individuals are travel related,” said Virginia Beach Health Director Dr. Demetria Lindsay. “The Public Health Department is in close communication with the two travelers and their care providers, and is conducting a thorough investigation of potential exposures. The two individuals are in stable condition and remain in isolation at this time.”

    The two patients (a male in his 60’s and female in her 50’s) traveled on a Nile River cruise, which recently reported COVID-19 cases. They returned to United States on March 5. On Sunday March 8, the patients were tested at a Virginia Beach hospital. The positive test results returned today are considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause complications, including death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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

    • 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.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Virginia Department of Health Confirms Fourth and Fifth “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Fairfax and in Spotsylvania County, Virginia - Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Virginia Department of Health Confirms Fourth and Fifth “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Fairfax and in Spotsylvania County, Virginia

    Virginia Department of Health Confirms Fourth and Fifth “Presumptive Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Fairfax and in Spotsylvania County, Virginia

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2020

    Media Contacts: Fairfax: John Silcox, john.silcox@fairfaxcounty.gov
    VDH/RAHD: Lorrie Andrew-Spear, Lorrie.Andrew-Spear@vdh.virginia.gov

    (Richmond, VA.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that two Virginia residents in two different parts of the state have tested “presumptive positive” for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These cases mark the fourth and fifth presumptive positive test results in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    One case is a household contact of a case previously identified in Fairfax in the Northern Region of the state. The other case is a resident of Spotsylvania County in the Northwest Region of the state. The two cases are not related.

    “The Virginia Department of Health, hospitals, and health care providers statewide continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth,” said State Health Commissioner, M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “Through a strategic, coordinated, statewide response, the Commonwealth is well-prepared to respond to positive COVID-19 cases as they occur.”

    The fourth presumptive positive case is a City of Fairfax resident. This individual is the spouse and close contact of the patient who tested positive on March 7, and the exposure is not the result of community transmission.

    The individual traveled on the same Nile River cruise as her husband. On March 5, when her husband was tested, she was asked to self-quarantine, stay home and avoid contact with others and has been compliant. When she developed minor respiratory illness symptoms, the Health Department determined that testing was warranted and specimens were sent to the Virginia state laboratory on March 8. The resident is currently doing well but was hospitalized while testing was completed. The positive result returned today is considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    “We know the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increases among close contacts of infected persons,” said Fairfax Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu. “Based on the results of our contact investigation to date, the individual had limited contact with others outside the home while ill so the risk to the general Fairfax community remains low.”

    The fifth presumptive positive case is a resident of Spotsylvania County, and in their 50s. The individual developed fever, cough, shortness of breath, and subsequently sought medical attention. The case was brought to the attention of the Rappahannock Area Health District, and testing for the novel coronavirus was done by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) in Richmond. The positive test result came back during the afternoon today. The positive test result is considered a presumptive positive, pending confirmatory testing by CDC. The patient is currently under medical care and stable according to the physician providing care.

    “We are working closely with our health care partners and the state to monitor the patient and identify and work with their close contacts,” said Rappahannock Area Health Director Brooke Rossheim, MD, MPH.

    The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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

    • 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.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State - Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State

    Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2020
    Media Contact: Kurt Larrick, klarrick@arlingtonva.us

    (Richmond, VA.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that an Arlington County resident has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH and the Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) are working together to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. This is the third presumptive positive result, with the other two being a Marine Base Quantico resident and Fairfax City resident. All three cases were exposed through international travel.

    “The Virginia Department of Health, hospitals, and healthcare providers across the state have been preparing for the possibility of residents with COVID-19. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to identify possible cases and prevent the spread of the virus,” said State Health Commissioner, M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “Our focus now is that the individual receive the care needed to recover, complete additional investigations, and protect the health of all Virginians.”

    The individual is a resident of Arlington County in their 60s who developed fever, cough and shortness of breath after having returned from international travel. The resident is receiving medical care and is currently recuperating. The positive result returned Sunday evening is considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the CDC.

    “We are working closely with our health care partners and the state to monitor the patient and identify and work with their close contacts,” said Arlington County Health Director Reuben K. Varghese, MD, MPH. “Confirming a case of COVID-19 in an Arlington resident does not come as a surprise given international travel from an affected area. We understand the risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increases among close contacts of infected persons.” The individual had limited contact with others while ill and the risk to the general Arlington community remains low.

    The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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

    • 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.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Status Update on Two Presumptive Positive Novel Coronavirus Cases in Virginia - Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Status Update on Two Presumptive Positive Novel Coronavirus Cases in Virginia

    STATUS UPDATE ON TWO PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASES IN VIRGINIA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2020
    Media Contact: Maria Reppas, maria.reppas@vdh.virginia.gov

    WHAT:

    Press conference with Virginia’s state and local public health leaders on the first presumptive positive case of a Marine Base Corps Quantico resident who is at Fort Belvoir and to announce a second presumptive positive case. The second individual is a resident of the City of Fairfax in their 80s who traveled on a similar Nile River cruise as other positive coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The patient began to develop symptoms of respiratory illness on February 28, was hospitalized on March 5, and remains in stable condition. Health officials will provide more information on these case investigations and what is being done to identify and monitor other close contacts and protect the health of Virginians.

    WHO:

    State Health Commissioner, Dr. Norm Oliver, MD, MA

    State Epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake, MD, MPH

    Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH

    Prince William Health District Director Dr. Alison Ansher, MD, MPH

    Director of the Department of General Service’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS)
    Dr. Denise Toney, PhD

    City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer

    WHEN:

    Sunday, March 8, 2020

    1 PM

    WHERE:

    Stacy C. Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

  • First Virginia Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at Fort Belvoir - Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • First Virginia Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at Fort Belvoir

    First Virginia Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at Fort Belvoir

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 7, 2020
    Media Contact: Maria Reppas, Director of Communications, maria.reppas@vdh.virginia.gov

    (RICHMOND, VA.) – A U.S. Marine at Fort Belvoir has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Virginia health officials confirmed today.

    Governor Northam and Cabinet officials have been briefed. Officials at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the Virginia Department of Health are working cooperatively, according to longstanding public health protocols. The teams are in regular and close communication with federal, state, local, and private sector partners.

    Public health officials caution that evidence has not been seen of COVID-19 spreading in Virginia and said the risk is low.

    Public health officials remind people in Virginia and on military installations to take precautions:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • City Monitoring and Preparing for Coronavirus COVID-19 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • City Monitoring and Preparing for Coronavirus COVID-19

    City of Virginia Beach officials are closely monitoring the latest conditions and developing plans to address the evolving situation with Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) is the lead agency on COVID-19 and is working with and following guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Office of Emergency Management is coordinating local agencies based upon their direction, including leading a local task force of agencies involved in developing the appropriate plans and preparations.

    While Virginia has had no confirmed cases of the virus and the CDC indicates that the risk to the general American public is considered low, staff is preparing for impacts here just as we would for any serious storm. City staff will provide a COVID-19 situational awareness update to the Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday.

    Over the next several months, we have many indoor and outdoor events scheduled, from youth sporting tournaments and the March 22 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon to Something in the Water planned for April 20-26. While a universal decision-making protocol for cancelling events has not been established, the City will be carefully evaluating each event based on a host of factors, including the size and venue of the event, whether attendees include international guests coming from places where the virus has spread, indoor vs. outdoor, age of participants, and degree of close person-to-person contact. According to the CDC, the most at-risk population still seems to be older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

    "Our top priority is always the health and safety of our residents and visitors," said Mayor Bobby Dyer. "Based on the latest information we have received from public health officials, we have not cancelled any events yet, but let me be clear: that may change. We are vigilant in monitoring and following the advice from the public health experts and if it is in the best interests of event attendees and our community to cancel events, we will do that. In the meantime, I urge individuals to follow the same health guidelines we do to avoid the flu and other communicable illnesses."

    The City has already taken a number of actions, including the following:

    • VBDPH's public health response focusing on multiple areas—including daily coordination with VDH and CDC, internal VBDPH preparation, working with community partners (local governments, hospitals, etc.), and traveler monitoring.
    • Emergency Management - Convening COVID-19 City Task Force and establishing reporting protocols, updating Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans for the City organization, including telework options, supporting contingency planning for mass gatherings.
    • Finance – Risk Management has ordered approximately $200,000 of supplies to assist employees with mitigation and prevention of COVID-19 contamination and developing supply distribution plan.
    • Emergency Medical Services has initiated enhanced 911 call screening to help identify patients with a higher risk of having COVID-19, in conjunction with Emergency Communications and Citizen Services (ECCS), published reminders to all responders regarding proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Sheriff's Office is developing contingency plans for inmates and jail cells.
    • Virginia Beach Fire Department is providing staff to support Planning and Logistics for Emergency Management as well as Coordinating with Risk Management to develop supply distribution plan for Citywide resources.
    • Communications Office will provide updates via VBGov.com and the City's various social media platforms, including NextDoor, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    ​Steps individuals can take to prevent exposure and illness from this virus as well as others:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Avoid shaking hands
    • Keep from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and then wash your hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Keep children who are sick home from school
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, cell phones, keyboards and mice, tablets, remote controls, light switches, door handles, etc., with disinfectant wipes/spray
    • Get a flu shot, if you haven't already done so
    • Stay informed and listen to guidelines from health authorities

    These simple everyday habits can help prevent the spread of a whole host of illness and viruses.

    For the most up-to-date information, visit:

    Emergency.vbgov.com
    VBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47.
    Social Media Sites:Citizen Services: 311 is available 24 hours a day for questions and reporting non-emergency conditions. Please only call or text 911 in a life-threatening emergency.​

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Notifications

Closures

  • Lynnhaven House is still closed for Restoration.
  • Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will close when schools close (they follow the same operating schedule).
  • Francis Land House is closed until further notice.
  • Thoroughgood House will be open tomorrow (Saturday, March 14th) and then will close until further notice.
  • Virginia Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) closed, tentative reopening scheduled for Wednesday, April 1.
  • Main Visitor Information Center and the Visitor Center at First Landing State Park will be closed until March 31, 2020. Visitors seeking information about Virginia Beach May access up to date information at: visitVirginiaBeach.com.
  • Virginia Aquarium and Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium are closed until April 23, 2020.
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office is closed to the public. Staff are on a modified operating schedule to cover emergency hearings scheduled with the courts. Many staff and attorneys are working remotely. If you need to contact one of our attorneys about a case, you may email or leave a phone message for them and they will get back to you.
  • Agriculture and Voter Registration & Elections are closed to the public effective March 17, 2020.
  • Beach House, SkillQuest and Adult Day Treatment is closed.
  • City Real Estate Assessor’s Office closed to the public until further notice. Customers may contact the office by phone: 385-4601, select option 3, fax: 385-5727 or email: assessor@vbgov.com. For more info, visit vbgov.com/realestate.
    • Employees of the office are available and will be conducting all business by email, telephone, fax or mail. Some exterior inspections will be performed due to real estate assessment appeals, but no employees are allowed to enter buildings for interior inspections until further notice.
    • Real Estate Assessment Appeal deadlines will be extended if deemed necessary by the Assessor.
    • Please see the contact telephone numbers and email addresses located on the Assessor’s website: www.vbgov.com/realestate.
  • VB Public Libraries are closed until at least March 27, 2020, but library customers can use the Digital Library, which is available 24/7 to read, listen, watch, learn and research.
  • Recreation Centers - closed until at least April 23.
  • Parks - effective Thursday, March 26, 2020
    • All playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, dog parks, and skate parks are closed.
    • Larger playgrounds at signature parks (including Grommit Island at the Oceanfront, Mt. Trashmore KidsCove, Little Island playground, Red Wing, and a couple more) are being barricaded.
    • The 150+ other playgrounds at smaller parks and neighborhood parks will not be barricaded, but still declared closed.
    • Parks will remain open and all other park amenities not listed above will remain open – for people to enjoy the outdoors either individually, in a family unit, or groups less than 10.
    • If shelters become a magnet for groups, we can and will close them in the future.
    • Groups that form with over 10 people in a given/defined area not included in the facilities listed above will be asked to either disperse or leave the park by our staff and/or the police.
    • For more updates on recreation centers, child care, and other programs, please read the FAQ document at VBgov.com/parks.
  • Housing Resource Center
    • The Housing Resource Center is closed to walk-ins or visitors. Day services is also closed. People experiencing a housing crisis should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Referrals will be managed via telephone, not in person. Shelter services are at capacity and no new residents will be accepted until further notice.
  • For the latest information regarding Virginia Beach City Schools, please visit: https://www.vbschools.com/students/health_and_guidance_services/health_services_for_students/coronavirus
  • Monday, March 16, will be a staff day for essential employees. This means that our school buildings will have minimal staff in place to assist with final preparations for the extended closure. If you need to pick up a Chromebook, medication or other personal items belonging to your child, please arrange to do so tomorrow. After Monday, school buildings will be closed to students and families through March 27 or until further notice. Should you need to collect materials or medication after Monday, please email your school principal to arrange for this, or call 757-263-1111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

  • City Council Meeting - March 24, 2020 (City Manager Tom Leahy will still present budget via VBgov/media and Facebook
  • G.R.E.E.N. Committee – March 25, 2020 – 10:00 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • Transportation Parking Pedestrian Committee – March 26, 2020 – 8:30 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • Arts & Humanities Commission - March 26 & 27, 2020
  • Oceanfront Enhancement Committee – March 27, 2020 – 9:00 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • Public Art Committee - March 27, 2020
  • MEDAC – Military Economic Development Advisory Committee - March 30, 2020
  • Planning Design Review Committee – March 31, 2020 – 8:00 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • City Council Agenda Meetings - April 1 & 15, 2020
  • Oceanfront Strategic Growth Area Committee – April 1, 2020 – 9:30 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • Resort Investment Committee – April 1, 2020 – 10:30 a.m., 5th Floor, CVB
  • Board of Zoning Appeals – April 1, 2020
  • Historic Preservation Commission – April 1, 8 and 15, 2020
  • Resort Advisory Commission – April 2, 2020, 3-5 p.m. – Virginia Beach Convention Center
  • ITA/TA Citizen Advisory Committee – April 2, 2020
  • Parks & Recreation Commission - April 2, 2020
  • CBPA Board – April 6, 2020
  • City Council Formal Sessions - April 7 & 21, 2020
  • City Planning Commission – April 8, 2020
  • Human Rights Commission - April 9, 2020
  • VB 2040 (Vision to Action Coalition) – April 10, 2020
  • Public Library Board - April 13, 2020
  • Minority Business Council’s Contractors Roundtable - April 15, 2020
  • Historical Review Board – April 15, 2020
  • Wetlands Board – April 20, 2020
  • Bayfront Advisory Commission – April 21, 2020
  • RAC Oceanfront Enhancement Committee (OEC) - April 24, 2020
  • Housing Advisory Board - April 27, 2020
  • RAC G.R.E.E.N. Committee – April 29, 2020
  • RAC Transportation Parking Pedestrian Committee (TPPC) - April 30, 2020
  • The Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library Book Shop at Central Library is closed beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. Because Friends volunteers process donated books and materials, and volunteer activities are paused, libraries are unable to accept donated materials at this time.
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has suspended the Weekender Program for the foreseeable future.
  • On-site inmate visitation at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center is suspended until further notice. Visit vbso.net for information on other options, including web-based video visitation.
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has cancelled all Correctional Center tours and VBSO ceremonies.
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has suspended their volunteer programs to eliminate all non-essential traffic into the facility.
  • Effective Friday, March 13, Virginia Beach Public Library will discontinue all programming for all ages, including early literacy and outreach services, at all locations until April 13. Virginia Beach Public Library is also suspending all volunteer opportunities effective Monday, March 16, until further notice.
  • Parks & Recreation: all events, rentals and permits are canceled through April 30.
  • Parks & Recreation: For more updates on recreation centers, child care, and other programs, please read the FAQ document on our website VBgov.com/parks.
  • Housing Resource Center: All volunteer and community programming at the HRC has been suspended until further notice.
  • Housing: Rental Housing/Home Rehabilitation Programs: All previously scheduled in-person appointments/visits are canceled, no in-person appointments/visits will be scheduled until further notice. For more information, please call (757) 385-5750.
  • Sandler Center Virginia Beach Forum and Norfolk Forum present Amy Liu - March 24, 2020
  • Bike Buddies Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - March 26, 2020
  • Senior Softball Tidewater Classic - March 26-29, 2020
  • Active Threat Citizen Defense Class - March 28, 2020
  • Sandler Center Virginia Beach All City Music Festival - March 28,2020 (Non-ticketed event)
  • Southside LAX - March 29, 2020 - Princess Anne Athletic Complex
  • Anchor Church - March 29, 2020 - Sandler Center
  • Human Rights Commission Community Conversation: Human Rights & Race Relations - March 31, 2020
  • Treasures of the Earth Gem and Jewelry - April 3-5, 2020
  • Farmers Market Weekly Friday Night Hoedowns - April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020
  • Cherry Blossom Festival - April 4, 2020
  • Museums Annual Spring Open House at Francis Land House - April 4, 2020
  • One Cheer and Dance - April 4-5 , 2020
  • Trinity Church Easter Service - April 9, 2020 - VBCC
  • East Coast She Crab Soup Festival - April 18, 2020
  • Earth Day - April 18, 2020 - Mount Trashmore Park
  • Earth Day 5K & Fun Run - April 18. 2020
  • Something in the Water - April 20 - 26, 2020
  • Farmers Market Birthday Bash - April 25, 2020
  • Celebrating Children - April 25, 2020 - Mount Trashmore Park
  • Parks & Recreation: all events, rentals and permits through April 30 are cancelled.
  • Parks & Recreation: For more updates on recreation centers, child care, and other programs, please read the FAQ document on our website VBgov.com/parks.
  • US Finals Cheer and Dance - May 2-3, 2020
  • Tidewater Comicon - May 15-17, 2020 - VBCC
  • Nightly entertainment at 7th Street and 34th Street stages has been postponed until mid- or late May.

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 Human Services will implement modified operations and discontinue public access to building facilities effective Monday, March 30.
    • 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.
    • The hotlines listed below will be staffed to answer calls, as well as our main program phone numbers during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are committed to providing a timely response to all citizens.
      • Human Services Emergency Hotlines
        • Adult Protective Services (APS) – to report suspected neglect or abuse of adults:
          757-385-3550 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 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
        • For full details on Human Services operations, visit https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/Pages/VBDHS-COVID19-operations.aspx.
  • SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and Energy Assistance, call 757-385-4306.
  • Child Care Subsidy, call 757-385-3351.
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office Weekender Program has been suspended for the foreseeable future.
  • Virginia Beach Public Library has temporarily increased access to digital content for customers who may prefer to use the library from home. Customers may check out 8 (vs 6) items per month from Hoopla and 10 (vs 5) from Overdrive. VBPL’s digital content is available at www.vbgov.com/digital-library.
  • The VB Strong Center is adjusting its operations and effective immediately as of March 16, 2020:
    • Group Programming will be suspended through March 31, 2020
    • All mobile programming will also be suspended until March 31, 2020
    • Currently scheduled and future one-to-one, solution focused care and intake appointments will be offered as phone-in appointments.
    • VB Strong Center hours will be 10:00 AM– 6:00 PM
  • Access to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, per a Court Order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia, will be limited. Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office deputies, who provide security at the Courthouse, will be limiting individuals entering the Courthouse.
    • The court is open for emergency matters as set forth in the Supreme Court Order issued on March 16, 2020, which can be found on the Supreme Court’s website at www.courts.state.va.us.
    • Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will be operating with a very limited staff; however, the Clerk’s Office will conduct all business through Building 10B of the Courthouse.
      • Civil or criminal filings – leave in lockbox on the steps of 10B for drop off.
      • Deed/land record recordings – leave in separate lockbox on the steps of 10B
      • Electronic recording available through two vendors, Simplifile (800-460-5657) and CSC (866-652-0111).
      • Lockboxes will be checked several times each day, staff will handle those documents as if they were brought in at the counter.
      • For any other emergency matters that cannot be postponed until April 7, find direct contact numbers, depending on the need, at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office web page: https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/courts/circuit-court-clerks-office/Pages/default.aspx.
  • The Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility remains open but we are waiving launch fees through Sunday, March 29 to assist with creating social distancing for our staff and the public.
  • Virginia Beach Police Department – 1st Precinct, Building 11
    • The following services will remain available at Building 11:
      • Sex Offender Registrations
      • Felony Registrations
      • Court Mandated Traveling Felon Registrations
    • The following services will be suspended at Building 11:
      • All permits applications
      • Concealed Handgun Permit applications
      • Local Record Checks – employment, background, etc.
      • Fingerprinting of individuals
  • 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

  • Pathways Center has suspended client visitation until further notice.
  • 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/
  • Waste Management has temporarily discontinued walk-in service.
    • Additionally, 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.
  • Code Enforcement
    • If an immediate inspection of your property is necessary, please contact Code Enforcement at (757) 385-4421. Staff will review your case and determine how to proceed. To register a code complaint, use the online form or call Code Enforcement.
  • Virginia Beach Department of Health
  • The Clinic will be open on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for the following services:
    • Wednesday
      Maternity: AM by appointment only
      STI: PM by appointment only
    • Thursday
      STI: AM/PM by appointment only
      Family Planning PM by appointment only
    • Clinic appointments can be made at: (757) 518-2700, option #1.
    • Pharmacy hours will be:
      • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
      • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • The WIC program will be closed to the public. WIC services are now offered remotely, by appointment only. For more information, please contact 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
    • Dental services will be closed, providing emergency services only.
  • Sandler Center Virginia Symphony Orchestra Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite - March 29, 2020
  • Sandler Center Foundation's Student Matinees:
    • Richmond Ballet's Swan Lake Lecture Demonstration - March 17, 2020 (along with on-the-road performances that were scheduled for 3/17, 3/18, and 3/19); Sons of Mystro - March 18, 2020; Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure - March 31, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is cancelling all senior programming which includes Forever Young and SilverSneakers beginning Monday, March 16, with tentative plans to reopen them on Monday, March 30.
  • The Great American Cleanup - March 28, 2020 is postponed.
  • Sandler Center Virginia Symphony Orchestra and ODU Side by Side - April 1, 2020
  • Parks & Rec Adult Spring Softball - Postponed from April 3 to now begin on April 17, 2020
  • Parks & Rec Youth Coed 7v7 Passing League - Postponed from April 3 to now begin on April 24 (no games were scheduled spring beak week 4/17).
  • Sandler Center Ballet Virginia Sleeping Beauty - April 4, 2020
  • Virginia Beach Public Library will discontinue all programming for all ages, including early literacy and outreach services, at all locations until April 13.
  • Virginia Beach Public Library is also suspending all volunteer opportunities until further notice.
  • US Finals on May 2-3, 2020 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center has been postponed.
  • Citizens Police Academy classes are postponed and will resume in June 2020.
  • Celebrating Children 2020, which was scheduled for Mt. Trashmore Park on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 is now postpone until 2021. Date to be determined.
  • Sandler Center Virginia Beach Chorale: It's A Classic - May 16, 2020 -
  • Patriotic Festival - Postponed until June 4, 5 & 6, 2021
  • Sandler Center - Virginia Arts Fetival Les ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - March 29, 2020
  • The 2020 Hampton Roads 119th Submarine Birthday Ball on May 8, 2020 from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center has been postponed.
  • Champion for the Arts Award nomination deadline has been extended to June 1.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities, Donations and Assistance

Need Help?

If you are in need of assistance as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, please call the United Way of South Hampton Roads hotline at 757-858-7777 or fill out an intake form online at https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/ and a case manager will contact you.

Want to Help?

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

  • The City of Virginia Beach government is not accepting donations of any kind at this time.
  • 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/
  • Sentara Healthcare is asking for specific supply donations. For the latest list of needs, visit https://sentaraupdates.com/supply-donations/

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.

Be Aware

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.

Resources

Media

FAQs

Contacts

Information Hotlines

  • The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health hotline: 757-683-2745 (8 AM - 6 PM Monday-Saturday, 11 AM - 4 PM Sunday).
  • The Virginia Department of Health hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3