COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020

First and foremost, I hope you and yours are doing well given the current situation.  I know we are experiencing some very tough times, and I know the coming days will be difficult.  

However, together we will get through this.  We can take steps to protect ourselves, our family, our neighbors and our friends.  The information that I will be providing will hopefully assist you in achieving this. 

There have been some developments to the COVID-19 situation during these last few days. Late last week, I provided information on the government's response, you can take a look at that here.

Here are the latest updates:


Governor Northam's Press Conference

Governor Northam gave an update on the state government's operations earlier today. You can watch his statement here

Here are some highlights from the Governor's press conference:

  • Confirms 67 COVID-19 cases in the state.
  • Encourages everyone not to go to St. Patrick's Day's gatherings and parties tonight.
  • Virginia will follow federal guidelines of avoiding public, non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Recommends those who are 65 years or older should self-quarantine.
  • The DMV will be closed until further notice, and extensions will be provided for those who need updates on their licenses, etc.
  • Recommends restaurants opt for solely take-out or delivery options and avoid hosting patrons.
  • Unemployment funds will be available through the Virginia Employment Commission for workers affected by the state of emergency - the one week waiting period will be waived so workers can receive benefits ASAP. You can take a look at that here.

Virtual Town Hall this Friday at 1 pm!

On Friday, March 20th at 1 pm, I will be hosting my second virtual town hall to provide you  updates on COVID-19. During this event, I will take questions! To access the town hall and for more information please take a look at the Virtual Town Hall Facebook Event.

My Contact Information 

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Overcoming this situation together!

I know these last few weeks have been a bit difficult for everyone. Not only are we facing a public health crisis, our financial stability and personal lives have been affected. Our government agencies are ready to help those in our community during this tough time. The response to this disease may seem overly strong, but it's important we prevent the spread for the safety of everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable.

If your life has been severely affected and need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office with the information above. I will do everything I can in my power to help!


Hala Ayala