VDH Update, Wednesday, May 27, 2020:
The Virginia Dept. of Health now reports 40,249 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 in the state. That's up 907 cases from the previous day. There have been 1,281 deaths in the state, up 45 from the previous day.
The VDH Coronavirus Hotline, 1-877-275-8343, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gov. Northam gives updates Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm on the Governor's Facebook Page.
Under Phase One, the Commonwealth will move to a Safer at Home strategy, which continues the ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people and maintains recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and wearing face coverings. All businesses should make modifications to maintain six feet of physical distancing, increase cleaning and sanitization of high contact surfaces, and provide enhanced workplace safety measures.
Retail establishments will be allowed to operate at 50 percent occupancy, restaurant and beverage establishments may offer outdoor dining at 50 percent occupancy, personal grooming services may begin operating with one patron per service provider, and fitness centers may offer outdoor exercise services. Campgrounds may also begin taking reservations for short-term stays.
Places of worship have had a 10-person limit and have been allowed to hold drive-in services allowed. In Phase One, drive-in services may continue, and services may be held inside at 50 percent capacity.
Many of the restrictions put in place by Executive Order Fifty-Three will remain in place in Phase One. Entertainment and public amusement venues will remain closed and beaches will continue to be open only for exercise and fishing. Childcare centers remain open for children of working families. Overnight summer camps will remain closed in Phase One.
More details at governor.va.gov
Governor Northam has created a task force of business representatives from around the state to come up with guidelines to reopen the economy, called Forward Virginia.
Virginians are urged to follow CDC recommendations to wear cloth face masks when they venture out, while also continuing to adhere to the six foot social distancing guideline.
Visit the CDC Website for instructions on how to make a mask without sewing.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has created a coloring book to help children Learn About the Coronvirus.
•The Virginia Dept of Health has opened public health call centers to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19 and related issues. See the list at ABC 13 -WSET.
•Centra Health has opened a coronavirus information hotline: 434-200-1225
•The state's Feeding Program is open to all Virginians in need of food assistance. Visit vafoodbanks.org for more information.
•Anyone needing social services can dial 211. The Domestic Violence Hotline continues to operate at 1-800-838-8238.
•The Virginia Employment Commission encourages all displaced workers to apply for benefits by phone or online. The one-week waiting period and active job search requirements have been waived. Apply at the VEC Website or call 1-866-832-2363.
List of local school systems offering free meals to out-of-school students. Click the links for details:
Click the links below for up-to-date health information about the Coronavirus: