- The Virginia Department of Health has a wealth of resources and an ongoing list of those tested and infected.
- COVID-19 Educational Materials from Washington State in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese. From the Washington State Department of Health. via @leahraemullis on Twitter.
- The staff at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences has created an excellent resource directory with reliable information about the outbreak.
- Words matter. Deliberate use of names for COVID-19 like Chinese virus or Chinese Coronavirus is racist and irresponsible—it only spreads stigma and fear, and increases the violent xenophobic attacks on the Asian American community. (Joint statement from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles)
Social distancing is the term used to describe certain actions recommended by health officials to disrupt the chain of contagion in a pandemic. This involves steps such as: keeping 3-6 feet from others, avoiding public gatherings, and limiting face to face contact with others.
- Richmond Public Schools has begun meal distribution for ALL RPS families that starts today, Monday, March 16th. Please visit one of our food distribution sites 9:30 am-12:30 pm to receive shelf sustainable food for your family during the break! Sites will be open Monday-Friday.
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- Tara Casey @legal_lou on Twitter is putting together the wonderful # list. 11 different organizations (including school districts) need help in many different ways. Highlight: donations welcome via drive-thru drop-off or Amazon shipping. Please help if you can. # docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
- Chesterfield Public Schools will provide free meals to students ages 18 years & younger while the division is closed due to COVID-19.
- Ram Pantry will provide pre-packed boxes of food to students in need beginning Wednesday, March 18 at 1 p.m. through Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m. until current supplies last. Ram Pantry will be closed for operations after Friday, March 20, until further notice. More info here.
- Stores with special hours for seniors. (Credit to NBC12 for the updated list)
- Big Lots is reserving the first operating hour of each day for senior citizens and people who are the most vulnerable to the virus.
- BJ’s Wholesale Club is opening one hour early at 8 a.m. for members who are ages 60 and older.
- Dollar General is adjusting operating hours for older customers.
- Fresh Market is opening stores from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those most at risk for coronavirus.
- Publix has senior shopping hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Publix pharmacies will open early at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Target will close at 9 p.m. to restock and clean stores. They also announced dedicated shopping hours for team members and their families.
- Whole Foods stores are open an hour early for customers 60+. Customers should check their local store’s website for specific hours.
- The Market at 25th in Richmond will open for senior citizens from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Other customers can shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Trader Joe’s is reserving the first operating hour of its day for senior citizens. Stores will also have an extra line for seniors outside its front door for a quicker entrance.
- Walgreens is open early for seniors on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Customers 55 years and older will receive special discounts on Tuesdays.
- Walmart is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesdays until April 28, stores will have an hour-long senior shopping event for customers aged 60 and older, one hour before the store opens.
- Your local actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. will also be impacted by the downturn in business. This page is an excellent resource for those freelance workers.
- Artists Resource Page by Studio Two Three.
- Greater Richmond Continuum (GRCoC) is providing emergency shelter alternatives and coordinated plans to aid the homeless in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
The GRCoC partners need donations to meet the needs of the homeless population:
– $10 gift cards for gas stations and food for shelter residents and unsheltered individuals;
– Cleaning supplies, including soap, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash masks, and disposable face masks;
– Canned food; and
– Bus tickets for residents.
- Attention RPS Families! If you need a computer and/or internet access for any RPS students in your care, click here and complete this survey: www.rvaschools.net/tech-survey.
- Visual Arts Center is offering a way to nurture your creative spirit without leaving home this week? Our friend Michael-Birch Pierce is this month’s Creative Mornings speaker and registration just opened online! The event will be hosted 100% digitally this Friday, March 20, and it will explore the theme of identity. Michael-Birch Pierce is a fiber artist and fashion designer who has embroidered portraits at the Oscars, the Super Bowl, Design/Miami, SXSW, and even embroidered Christmas decorations for the Obama White House. Read more and shop their work at michaelbirchpierce.com. More info here.
- Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+. Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days on the way.
- Comcast is offering free internet for low income families. Go to InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish. All new customers will receive “a free self-install kit” with no shipping fee.
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series) ✏📚 Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today, March 16th. Learn more kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
- Compiled list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings amazingeducationalresources.com
- List of coloring books/pages from museums from around the world. Some are experiencing difficulty due to heavy traffic.
- Richmond Public Schools learning resources (English and Spanish) can be found at https://www.rpstech.org/parents.html and https://www.rpstech.org/ell.html.
- Virginia Museum of History & Culture offering FREE Online Resources and Digital Programming
- VPM.org/resources is a hub for news, educational materials and entertainment for our audience. There you’ll find links to:
Continuing local news coverage from VPM News
Access to the VPM PBS KIDS 24/7 channel video stream (also available for free, over the air)
Educational games from PBS KIDS, plus a daily newsletter for parents
VPM PBS Learning Media platform for educators and caregivers of pre-K – 12 students
Plus easy access to the VPM Music stream, Passport video streaming platform and television guide to keep audiences engaged and connected
- Richmond’s LGBTQ Chamber is offering a Relief Fund available in Mid April to members of the Chamber experiencing personal and/or financial hardship. If you find yourself in need please email them at [email protected] Funds are limited so they ask if you can to please donate to the Relief Fund and help other business owners and professionals in the community.
- @ is compiling a running list of livestreams by musicians from around the world, categorized by date and genre trib.al/g5hu23W
- Richmond Grid is hosting Virtual Happy Hour featuring live house performances by RVA’s favorite local musicians. Check on Facebook for next show.
VCU Releases Phased Opening Plans
The fall semester will officially begin on August 17th. Except for Labor Day, there will be no break from August 17th through the last day of classes on November 24th.
VCU News has announced how the college plans to reopen. Published by Mike Porter’s (VCU University Public Affairs).
In a communication to the university community, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., said efforts to reopen come as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation reacts to the very public killings of African Americans.
“Both of these issues are, of course, top-of-mind as we plan our return to campus. Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and mental — of every member of our community,” Rao said.
Rao outlined plans for the return of the health sciences schools and college and research faculty and staff beginning in June. The fall semester will officially begin on Aug. 17. Rao said the announcement fulfills a commitment to students to inform them of Fall 2020 plans in early June.
Majority of Virginia to enter Phase Two of reopening; Richmond to remain in Phase One for now
Richmond and Northern Virginia will remain in Phase One while surrounding localities can now ease restrictions on gatherings, indoor dining, and other uses.
Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Sixty-Five and presented the second phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to continue safely and gradually easing public health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. The Governor also amended Executive Order Sixty-One directing Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond to remain in Phase One.
Most of Virginia is expected to enter Phase Two on Friday, June 5, as key statewide health metrics continue to show positive signs. Virginia’s hospital bed capacity remains stable, the percentage of people hospitalized with a positive or pending COVID-19 test is trending downward, no hospitals are reporting PPE shortages, and the percent of positive tests continues to trend downward as testing increases. The Governor and Virginia public health officials will continue to evaluate data based on the indicators laid out in April.
“Because of our collective efforts, Virginia has made tremendous progress in fighting this virus and saved lives,” said Governor Northam. “Please continue to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, and stay home if you are high-risk or experience COVID-19 symptoms. Virginians have all sacrificed to help contain the spread of this disease, and we must remain vigilant as we take steps to slowly lift restrictions in our Commonwealth.”
Executive Order Sixty-Five modifies public health guidance in Executive Order Sixty-One and Sixty-Two and establishes guidelines for Phase Two. Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond entered Phase One on Friday, May 29, and will remain in Phase One to allow for additional monitoring of health data. Accomack County delayed reopening due to outbreaks in poultry plants, which have largely been controlled through rigorous testing. Accomack County will move to Phase Two with the rest of the Commonwealth, on Friday, June 5.
Under Phase Two, the Commonwealth will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and requiring individuals to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 50 people. All businesses should still adhere to physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces, and continue enhanced workplace safety measures.
Restaurant and beverage establishments may offer indoor dining at 50 percent occupancy, fitness centers may open indoor areas at 30 percent occupancy, and certain recreation and entertainment venues without shared equipment may open with restrictions. These venues include museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and outdoor concert, sporting, and performing arts venues. Swimming pools may also expand operations to both indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction.
The current guidelines for religious services, non-essential retail, and personal grooming services will largely remain the same in Phase Two. Overnight summer camps, most indoor entertainment venues, amusement parks, fairs, and carnivals will also remain closed in Phase Two.
Phase Two guidelines for specific sectors can be found here. Phase One guidelines sectors are available here. Visit virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.
The full text of Executive Order Sixty-Five and Order of Public Health Emergency Six is available here.
The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-One can be found here.
Southside Allies March for Racial Justice on Friday
With the support of Justice RVA, they are calling on ALL Southside allies to show up for racial justice and Black lives at a peaceful action, which will be meeting Friday, June 5th at 5PM by the Stone House in Forest Hill Park.
With the support of Justice RVA, we are calling on ALL Southside allies to show up for racial justice and Black lives at a peaceful action, which will be meeting Friday, June 5th at 5PM by the Stone House in Forest Hill Park.
We are joining together with all of our privileges to serve as the megaphone for those whose voices have been ignored and silenced. We are gathering to raise awareness of both the Civilian Review Board and Marcus Alert policy actions, which local Black leaders have been pushing for since the unjust murder of Marcus-David Peters by a RPD police officer. We must put pressure on our local leadership, including our city council members here in Southside, Mayor Stoney, and Governor Ralph Northam. We want #policiesnotapologies and we want to show support to make it clear that #blacklivesmatter!
Starting at 5PM we will be arranging ourselves to spell out #MarcusAlert for a drone photo. Afterwards we will be collectively marching to a TBA destination and back.
This will be a peaceful protest that all of our neighbors (especially white people) are encouraged to join, including families! We must also be mindful of each others’ health, so we are encouraging social distancing and that you wear a mask. Bring water to stay hydrated, painted signs, and I know there are musicians in Southside so bring your instruments to make some noise!
What you can do today, or if you are not comfortable coming out due to COVID-19 ——>
Sign the #MarcusAlert petition: bit.ly/marcusalert
Report Police Misconduct to the RTAP Hotline: (804)420-9296
Support the community organizations that are doing long-term work on police transparency, accountability, and abolition:
Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project
Richmond for All
Southerners On New Ground