As the Commonwealth of Virginia and our local governments have declared states of emergency regarding COVID-19, ChamberRVA continues to coordinate with regional partners to address developments related to the coronavirus and their potential impact to businesses and the community.
We are closely monitoring and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Virginia Department of Health, and our regional jurisdictions.
Tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization:
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- WHO Advice for the Public
- COVID-19 Disease Basics: What You Need to Know– March 6, 2020
- VDH COVID-19 FAQs– March 6, 2020
- Virginia Chamber’s COVID-19 Resource Center– March 15, 2020
The Virginia Department of Health has established a call center to provide general information about the coronavirus at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).
At this time, basic health practices at home and work remain key to slowing transmission of COVID-19:
- Stay home if you’re sick. Stay home for 24 hours following a fever, and ensure you are fever-free without the aid of medication.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect — by wiping down — frequently touched surfaces at home, at work and at community gathering spaces.
- Masks are not currently recommended for anyone other than infected people and health care providers
From the Region:
Localities around Central Virginia are starting to open call centers to answer citizens’ questions on the coronavirus.
The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting on March 18. The number to call is (804) 541-2391.
Henrico and Richmond
The center, operated by the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for questions about the coronavirus. The number is (804) 205-3501. For questions about Henrico County government facilities call (804) 501-5655.
The City of Richmond Office of Aging and Disability Services has opened a hotline for seniors and disabilities that may have questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotlines will be able to direct them to vital resources that are available through partners.
- Retail Merchants Association’s Online Resources for Businesses
- Employees 1st is an employee assistance program (EAP) designed to help companies help employees facing financial difficulties immediately after a disaster or personal hardship—including the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Groovin’ Gourmets is repurposing their catering company for Emergency Meals Services and/or disaster relief for business, churches, hospitals, national guard, FEMA etc. They have a fleet of refrigerated trucks, their culinary team has the ability to operate 24/7, and they can service most facilities in Virginia.
- Facebook has created a $100 million grant program to help 30,000 small businesses around the world during this time of uncertainty.
- The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity is surveying the impact of COVID-19 on local small business revenue and employment. The data will be shared with state and federal governments to help shape their response.
- Woods Rogers has created a COVID-19 resource page with legal updates and links to important resources.
- ACCE has a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Management Information page.
- U.S. Small Business Administration has a FAQs sheet on disaster loans and how to apply for them.
- The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity has a Small Business Survey regarding the impact of COVID-19.
Other helpful resources:
- CDC recommends canceling or postponing events that consist of 50 people or more
- U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Response Toolkit
- ACCE Coronavirus Resource Guide
- ACCE Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Impact Survey
- Retail Merchants are hosting an online community forum to provide an outlet for local businesses to share resources, support and questions.
- Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is presenting two webinars focused on navigating some of the obstacles facing businesses due to COVID-19. Click here to register for the first webinar (3/19). Click here to register for the second webinar (3/26).
- The Virginia Small Business Development Center network is hosting a webinar for their partners to review the application process for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available for Virginia small businesses and non-profits. The presentation is TODAY, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. There is also a recorded presentation at Video presentation on filling out the EIDL Application that will cover the same EIDL application overview. https://bit.ly/2WEvwsb
Links to Public School Information:
Charles City County – closed through April 12
Chesterfield County – closed through April 13
Goochland County – closed through March 29
Hanover County – closed through April 12
Henrico County – closed through April 13
New Kent County – closed through April 12
Powhatan County – closed through April 13
Richmond City – closed through April 12
Thanks to our regional partners: