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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES AND RESOURCES
Our agency is working closely with administration, including the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the COVID-19 Taskforce and local partners and stakeholders to activate emergency procedures.

Latest Child Care Guidance
(Under the authority of Executive Order 51, the Commissioner of Department of Social Services is waiving regulation 22VAC40-665-40.N which references the period of time for a redetermination of eligibility for the subsidy program. )

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COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

The Virginia Department of Social Services is working closely with the Northam administration, the COVID-19 Taskforce, as well as local partners and stakeholders to closely monitor the emergence of COVID-19 and activate emergency procedures. This page will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information and guidance from the department.

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VDH recommends taking the following steps to alleviate the spread of germs:

  • 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 when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. 

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Governor Northam's Daily Press Conference

March 25th, 2020

Previous Daily Press Conferences

LATEST COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Emergency Child Care Guidance - 03/23/2020

VDSS Child Care Guidance - 03/18/2020 (Under the authority of Executive Order 51, the Commissioner of Department of Social Services is waiving regulation 22VAC40-665-40.N which references the period of time for a redetermination of eligibility for the subsidy program. )

Child Support Offices Suspend In-Office Customer Service

Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit
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Peninsula Health District Closures
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Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency
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Additional News

Virginia's SNAP Program Issues Emergency Benefits

State Corporation Commission issued an order directing utilities in Virginia to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for customers who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam 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.

GRTC (RVA bus system) suspends all on board fare collection and enforcement.

Department of Motor Vehicles grants a 60-day extension for those who cannot renew online or whose license or registration expires before May 15.

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