One of the best sources of information is our state's web portal: www.virginia.gov
Access links/info to CDC, Dept of Health, DMV, Daily Briefings/Announcements by the Governor, the VA Employment Commission, and more.
Schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year, though learning will still continue in various forms. The Virginia Department of Education is working continuously to provide resources and guidance to local school divisions. Of note, high school seniors who were on track to graduate this year will still be able to do so.
Local school divisions continue to offer meal services and online learning resources. For Colonial Heights specific information, please click here. For Chesterfield specific information, please click here.
The IRS has extended federal tax day from April 15th to July 15th (news release here). Additional federal tax information can be found on the IRS website.
On the state level, the deadline to file taxes remains May 1st. Any state taxes due between April 1st and June 1st can be paid as late as June 1st without penalties. Tax Bulletin 20-4contains additional information.
Chesterfield residents with questions concerning local taxes should contact the treasurer’s office at 804-748-1201. Colonial Heights residents should contact the billing and collections office at 804-520-9320.
As part of Executive Order 53 issued on March 23rd, the Governor ordered certain fitness and entertainment businesses to close for a period of 30 days. Restaurants may only operate carry-out and curbside services. Non-essential retail businesses must stick to a 10 patron limit at all times. The 10 patron limit does not apply to essential retail businesses (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.). For a list of frequently asked questions regarding EO53, click here.
The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. These low interest loans are available to businesses that have been impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. For more information on this loan program and other SBA resources, click here.
The Virginia Department of Taxation is granting 30 day waivers for businesses to pay February sales tax. Tax Bulletin 20-3 has more information on this specific waiver.
The standard one week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived. A person may be eligible for unemployment if:
- If you have been laid off from your job
- If you have experienced a reduction in hours
- If you have been instructed by a medical provider or health official to self-quarantine and are not receiving sick benefits through your employer
- If you are staying to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from your employer
Information on how to file a claim can be found here. You can access the VEC website here.
Please note that VEC offices are closed to the public. Online and phone services remain open. You can contact the local VEC office in Petersburg by calling 804-862-6155 or the central office in Richmond at 866-832-2363.
Another resource for someone who has lost their job: https://www.careertoolbelt.com/top-20-things-to-do-if-you-lose-your-job/
Unfortunately, individuals are seeking to take advantage of others during this time through scams and price gouging. Please be vigilant in protecting you and your family from scams.
The US Attorney for Eastern Virginia has compiled a list of common scams and tips to protect you and your family. You can view his list and recommendations here.
Virginia enacted strong anti-price gouging laws in 2004. For more information on our laws and to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, click here.
A PDF resource on current Health Care scams: Stay Safe
Mental Health & Well-Being Resources
Footsteps Counseling Center #804-715-3215 http://www.footstepscounseling.com/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline #1-800-273-8255
Chesterfield Crisis Intervention #804-748-6356
Chesterfield Police Non-Emergency #804-748-1251
Chesterfield Health & Well-Being: https://www.chesterfield.gov/878/Mental-Health-Support-Services
Local and State Resources
Resources for Home - CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
Virginia Unemployment: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed
Southside Church Ministry Resources
Southside Children Resources: https://southsidechurchva.org/children/
Southside Students Resources: https://southsidechurchva.org/students/
Weekend Worship Services : https://southside.churchonline.org
Compassion Ministries: Chester Campus Food Pantry: https://southsidechurchva.org/serve/in-a-ministry/
(Contact Carla Pollard at ).
National Ministry Resources
Focus on the Family: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-time-during-the-coronavirus-quarantine/
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CARES Act provides $2 trillion in federal aid to counter the negative effects of the Coronavirus crisis.
Individual Stimulus Checks
Every adult with a social security number will receive a $1,200 check, $2,400 for couples. Families with children will receive an additional $500 per child age 17 or younger. The benefit phases out starting at $75,000 in Gross Adjusted 2018 income for single filers, $150,000 for joint filers. It ends completely at $99,000 for single filers, $198,000 for joint filers. The IRS will attempt to use the most recent banking information on file for taxpayers to distribute funds electronically for expediency’s sake. Failing that, they will issue paper checks.
The CARES Act will provide an additional $600 per week for unemployment benefits for up to four months. Funding will be provided to pay the cost of the first week of unemployment benefits through December 31, 2020 for states that choose to pay recipients as soon as they become unemployed instead of waiting one week before the individual is eligible to receive benefits. It also provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through December 31, 2020 to help those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment benefits are no longer available.
Taxation Under the CARES Act
Employers may delay payment of their 2020 payroll taxes until 2021, freeing up $300 billion in cash for businesses. Early withdrawals from IRAs and 401k plans due to COVID-19 are not subject to the 10 percent penalty any time during 2020.
Businesses Up to $350 billion in Small Business Administration loans will be granted and forgiven under the new law. Out of that appropriation, $10 billion is set aside to provide $10,000 grants through the SBA. A further $17 billion set aside for SBA to cover 6 months of payments on existing SBA loans.
For larger businesses, the Treasury Department will oversee a $500 billion fund in conjunction with the Federal Reserve to leverage $4 trillion in loans that must be repaid.
The bill will allow students to defer student loan payments for 6 months and to keep their Pell grants. It also prevents students who have to leave school as a result of COVID-19 from losing eligibility for future Pell grants. Students may keep unspent money from Pell grants or student loans. Colleges and universities to continue to pay students for work-study programs even if they are unable to work due to closures.
$13.5 billion will go towards elementary and secondary school relief funding, most of which would be designated in the form of subgrants to individual schools.
Hospitals & Health Insurance
The CARES Act directs $117 billion in funds to hospitals, including VA hospitals. That amount includes $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs, PPE, and other equipment and $11 billion for vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and other needs.
Importantly, all COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and services are to be covered without cost sharing by private medical plans.
The CARES Act will prohibit foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period and provides up to 180 days of forbearance for federally-backed borrowers who have experienced a financial hardship related to the COVID-19 emergency. The bill also will also provide up to 90 days of forbearance for borrowers with a federally backed multifamily mortgage loan who have experienced a financial hardship. Borrowers receiving forbearance may not evict or charge late fees to tenants for the duration of the forbearance period. Further, for 120 days, landlords will be prohibited from initiating legal action to evict or charge fees and penalties to the tenant if the landlord’s mortgage on the property is in any way assisted by Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the rural housing voucher program, or the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Help Coping with Crisis
ExploreGod.com has a series of very helpful articles and videos to help us all deal with crisis.
- The Chesterfield County COVID-19 Website: https://www.chesterfield.gov/coronavirus. This includes information regarding Chesterfield County Services and actions to respond to COVID-19.
- Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/. This has information regarding the total number of cases in Virginia. It is updated every morning at 9 AM.
- The Virginia Employment Commission Website: https://www.vec.virginia.gov/. If you or a loved one has been furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment here.
- IRS Economic Impact Payments Website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments. This website provides information regarding the stimulus payments from the government to relieve financial pressures of COVID-19. You can check the status of your payments here.
- Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services Website: https://www.chesterfield.gov/878/Mental-Health-Support-Services. This provides various amounts of information and resources for you to mentally take care of yourself and loved ones during COVID-19.