COVID-19 Pandemic



Rep. Don Beyer’s COVID-19 Pandemic Resources & Updates For Northern Virginia

We live in trying times. In a few short months the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, ravaging communities throughout the United States. The historic public health crisis caused economic devastation worse than anything this country has seen in my lifetime. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Capital Region have been hit hard, as the confirmed case numbers and unemployment rate grow.

But though the news is grim, our resolve to do what it takes to overcome adversity remains strong. My parents’ generation survived the Great Depression and won World War II, and I firmly believe that with hard work, organization, and cooperation, we will get through this.

Do your part and help prevent the spread of coronavirus by sharing accurate information from the CDC, including prevention tips, and guidance on what to do if you are sick. I encourage you to call your doctor if you or someone you know begins to feel symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath (the uninsured can call Neighborhood Health at 703-535-5568).

The COVID-19 pandemic hit our region hard, and regional leaders are working to respond. As the situation develops, regional governments will communicate changes and updates via websites for the Governor of Virginia, the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County.

Public health guidelines include washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, avoiding those who are sick, self-isolating if you show symptoms or come into contact with someone who is sick, disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and above all, STAYING HOME and making only essential trips outside the house.

On March 30, Governor Northam issued a stay-at-home order for the Commonwealth of Virginia to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will remain in place until June 10. The State Department previously issued a global pandemic advisory against international travel, and WMATA has severely restricted public transit operations across the region.

WMATA customers are asked to wear face-coverings or homemade masks, and the CDC now recommends wearing masks in public spaces, and has issued guidance on making them.

Staying safe and well encompasses more than medical information, so here are additional resources to help everyone make it through this difficult period:

Congress passed sweeping legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to fund the public health response, support workers and families, and protect jobs and small businesses:

Congress is currently working on additional legislation; details will be posted here as they become available.

My office has compiled resource summaries for Northern Virginians to help navigate assistance available to them during this crisis:

  • Financial Assistance, including information on direct payments, expanded unemployment insurance, expanded paid leave, information for federal workers, information for students, and updates on tax filing deadlines
  • Support for Small Businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. These temporarily frozen programs should resume lending soon.
  • Housing Assistance, including rent/mortgage forbearance and rules barring evictions (see also new information from Stay Home Virginia)
  • Food Assistance to prevent hunger [please donate food to feed the hungry if you can!]

I am also helping craft Congress’ response to the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, especially as Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee. Those efforts include:

Protecting and supporting medical workers on the front lines has been a major priority for me from the beginning of this crisis. I feel profoundly thankful for the sacrifices medical professionals have made to keep our community safe. I have endeavored to support those efforts and strengthen the public health response by:

You can support medical workers and the public health response by giving blood, heeding CDC guidelines for health professionals, donating PPE (for vendors approved by State Health Department), or volunteering medical services through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps

I will continue to provide updates on this page describing what I and others are doing to fight this pandemic and support Northern Virginians. You can stay in touch by signing up for my newsletter, or following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone at 202-225-4376, or at 703-658-5403 for constituent services.

We are all in this together, and with hard work and cooperation, we will get through it together.

With best wishes for your safety and good health,

 

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