COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2020

We have some more new updates, including good news in regards to testing capacity, small business assistance, and Medicaid options. 

Governor Northam will continue to provide updates during press conferences he will hold every day at 11 am. You can watch his press conferences by going to his Facebook here.

To see what our state and local (Prince William County) governments’ overall plans are for tackling COVID-19, take a look at our first newsletter on this matter by clicking here.

Here are the latest updates: 

Governor Northam's Press Conference

During the Governor's press conference today, he provided multiple updates on various departments and areas throughout the state. You can watch his statement here.  Here are some highlights from the Governor's updates:

  • There are now 94 confirmed cases in the Commonwealth. 1,293 people in Virginia have been tested.

  • The state labs now have an increased capacity for testing - increased to 1000 from the previous 200-300 number. Private labs also have additional capacity.

  • Guidance for childcare providers can be found here.

  • Medicaid is announcing additional options in regards to COVID-19 for recipients including: eliminating co-pays, testing for COVID-19, extending prescription refills to 90 days, and adding telehealth options. If you don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid. Please go to this website here to check if you are eligible.

  • The Department of Corrections will suspend in person visits in prison facilities as well as transfers of individuals in order to prevent possible spread of COVID-19.

  • The State Police will suspend motor vehicle inspections for the next 60 days.

  • Virginia will extend individual and corporate tax payment deadlines. The tax return deadline is still May 1st, however, payments are now due by June 1st.

  • SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE:  Virginia has submitted a request for aid from the United States Small Business Agency. This application has been approved. More information for small businesses will be provided in the coming days If you live in the 51st district and/or have a small business located in the 51st district and have a real need for an emergency loan, please email our office at

Upcoming May Elections

The Board of Elections will be encouraging voters to vote absentee for the May primary elections. A reason will still be required under current regulations. Box 2A in the request form is listed as "illness or disability". The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the May elections is April 28th. You can request an absentee ballot here.

Other Helpful Resources
  • Virginia Department of Health:

  • State Employee Memo via the Governor: State Employee Memo

  • Prince William County Schools grab free to-go breakfasts/lunches. More information PWC Link

  • Inside Nova article on mobile testing can be found here

  • Unemployment funds for laid-off/furloughed workers: Virginia Employment Commission

  • Supporting our Workforce: "Frequently asked Questions for Workers Regarding COVID-19" document can be found here

  • Donate Blood to the Red Cross: We are facing a shortage of blood donations. The Red Cross has a number of sites across Virginia that are open and safe to visit. Site listing 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, and during this event, I will take questions!

If you’d like to submit a question for me to answer, please fill in this Google form here.

To access the town hall and for more information please take a look at the Virtual Town Hall Facebook Event.

My Contact Information 

Email to:, or call my office at: (804) 698-1051.

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Overcoming this situation together!

In closing, I am here for you as is our Governor and our government agencies, who are readily available to help 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.  In addition, let's focus on caring for one another and beating this virus.

If your life has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and you are in need of 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