Information is key — especially in a crisis. This list of resources helps you to navigate to support sites that can help you and your family as we address the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The U.S. Department of State has a page designated for COVID-19 resources
- The Commonwealth of Virginia has a designated page for COVID-19 updates.
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has established a portal collecting a wide variety of COVID-related material. It encompasses waivers, memoranda and guidance, available disaster grants and loan programs, and instructions for private sector partners who want to aid the Commonwealth in our COVID response.
- The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force is working to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Virginia. The Virginia Fusion Center is also actively monitoring alleged fraudulent activity related to COVID-19 and sharing that information with local, state, and federal authorities. To report fraudulent activity email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Small businesses and nonprofits in Virginia can now apply for a loan of up to $2 million from the Small Business Administration to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit their website here.
- The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has designed a collection of resources that can help with navigating financial security through the COVID-19 crisis. This resource assists both individuals and businesses with information to avoid scams, tips on who to contact regarding health claims/questions, as well as how to find professionals to assist with financial security planning.
- Virginia Medicaid covers all COVID-19 testing and treatment. Here’s an informative one-pager from the VA Department of Medical Assistance Services on how to get coverage and services.
- Cover Virginia has information on Virginia’s Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) programs. This resource offers an array of information available regarding healthcare.
- For any who need reproductive healthcare services, NARAL Virginia has put together this guide.
- We can’t deny that our pets are a part of our family. Their safety is just as important as ours. The CDC’s COVID-19 and Animals provides useful information on pet care during this time.
- The American Diabetes Association provides helpful resources, support, and guidance for those impacted by diabetes and who are at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19. If you are struggling to pay for insulin, the ADA has resources to help. If you have any questions, you can also reach them via phone at 1-800-342-2383.
- Those with weakened immune systems, including dialysis patients, have an increased risk for COVID-19. If you’re a dialysis patient, please read this resource on prevention, preparation, and more here.
- Virginia Department of Health toll-free COVID-19 informational hotline (1-877-ASK-VDH3) and website
- The Virginia Association of Health Plans (VAHP) is maintaining an updated page on their website with information on the health insurance response, as well as links to more detailed information from each of the carriers in Virginia.
- Individuals needing food assistance can consult vafoodbanks.org or call 2-1-1.
- VirginiaNavigator is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers resources of local services for older adults, veterans, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.
Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources
- Sexual and domestic violence programs are still open and are providing crisis services, emergency shelter, and resource-based support. The Virginia Statewide Hotline remains open 24/7 and is ready to help, and so are sexual and domestic violence programs all over the state. Call: 1.800.838.8238 or Text: 804.793.9999.
- The Statewide Family Violence Hotline (1-800-838-8238) is also available for families in need of support with domestic violence issues.
Mental Health Resources
- During this time, it is imperative that we take care of our mental health and also look out for others. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has created a Disaster Distress Helpline which provides access for individuals who seek counseling due to emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This helpline is available all day, every single day. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- The Virginia Department of Education has a number of documents with information about school closures, as well as a handbook to help parents navigate learning at home.
- Virginia has secured some payment relief options for student loans – more details are located here.
Income Tax Resources
- If you still need time to file your taxes, you have an automatic six-month filing extension until November 1.
- You can find more tax filing updates and information here, and other helpful resources at the Virginia Society of CPAs Resource Center.
- Stay Home Virginia has many helpful resources, including guidance on how to work with landlords, financial institutions, and others to sustainably use temporary eviction and foreclosure protections during this crisis.