COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resource Center

Below you will find a comprehensive overview of resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Department of Health, and other organizations and government partners to ensure your business and your employees have the necessary information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all play a vital role in not only preventing the spread of COVID-19 but also enacting everyday safety and wellness precautions to keep our workforce healthy.

Visit the Virginia Public Access Project’s (VPAP) COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard provides a timeline of confirmed cases each day and a statewide map showing the number of cases by locality.


Virginia Chamber of Commerce:

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting our workforce throughout the Commonwealth and with the recent reports of COVID-19 cases within the United States, it is imperative that the business community comes together to provide resources and enforce strategies to protect our workers while continuing operations.

  • 03/06/2020 – The Virginia Chamber sent a letter to Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine to express the Chamber’s shared concerns about the potential health threat posed by COVID-19.
  • 03/13/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released an updated message on COVID-19.
  • 03/18/2020 – The Virginia Chamber released an updated message on COVID-19.
  • 03/18/2020 – The Virginia Chamber sent a letter to the Virginia Congressional Delegation regarding COVID-19 and the impact this outbreak could have on the health and safety of the business community and all Virginians.

Updates from The Office of Governor Ralph Northam:

On Monday, Governor Northam announced the implementation of Executive Order 53 (EO 53), which can be found here Effective at midnight on Tuesday, March 24 certain non-essential businesses must close or have restricted operations.

EO 53 places restrictions on the following three categories of businesses:

  1. Recreational and entertainment businesses, like bowling alleys and movie theaters, must close;
  2. Restaurants and other businesses providing food and beverage services, like breweries and wineries, may only offer takeout and delivery services, as long as they are able to comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements; and
  3. Non-essential brick and mortar stores may stay open as long as they restrict their stores to 10 patrons or less, not including staff, and comply with social distancing recommendations.

Professional businesses not listed above must utilize telework as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including CDC, OSHA, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The full press release can be found here.

Additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding EO-53 can be found here.

The latest news releases from the Office of Governor Ralph Northam can be found here.


The Virginia Department of Health:

The Virginia Department of Health is continually updating its resources to include the latest numbers and information relevant to COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

  • Virginia has 604 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. (last update 3/27/2020)
  • The Virginia Department of Health is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States, where the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on January 21, 2020 in a traveler who had recently returned from Wuhan.

For more VDH information and resources, visit our VDH page. 


The Virginia Department of Education:

As part of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, K-12 schools will remain closed through the duration of the academic year. The Virginia Department of Education has established a resource page for students and parents that includes educational guides, approved meal service sites, and the latest information addresses the most frequently asked questions.

The Virginia Department of Education also announced that they will be submitting a waiver to the Federal testing requirements, meaning students will likely not be participating in Standards of Learning (SOL) testing this school year.

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The Small Business Administration:

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Webinar: Applying for SBA Disaster Loans – Economic Injury Disaster
Monday, March 30, 2020 – 11:00am EDT
SBA Participating
Registration Required 

Webinar: Applying for SBA Disaster Loans – Economic Injury Disaster
Monday, March 30, 2020 – 2:00pm EDT
SBA Participating
Registration Required 

Webinar: Applying for SBA Disaster Loans – Economic Injury Disaster
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 11:00am EDT
SBA Participating
Registration Required 

For more Small Business Association information and resources, visit our SBA page. 

 


The Virginia Department of Taxation:

     

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020 for 30 days.
  • When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
  • The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
  • Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

More information on deferring payment and how to file can be found here: www.tax.virginia.gov


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Virginia’s 75 DMV offices, as well as mobile units, will close to the public.
  • Online services will remain available, and anyone needing to renew a license or vehicle registration is encouraged to do so online.
  • For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.
  • Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Department of State Police to suspend enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.

For more information, please visit their website here.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Updates:

The U.S. Chamber has released a comprehensive resource kit for businesses. View the kit here. 

For more U.S. Chamber information and resources, visit our U.S. Chamber page. 


The U.S. Department of Labor:

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus

For more U.S. Department of Labor information and resources, visit our U.S. Department of Labor page. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a guide for employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. You can find the guide here.

For more CDC information and resources, visit our CDC page.


Opportunities to Support Your Community

Across the Commonwealth, people are coming together to find creative ways to support their local businesses and schools. For more information on how to be a part of supporting the community, visit this page. 


Additional Resources:

Additional resources are available from Chamber members and partners here.