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Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor Northam participates in an on-air interview and Facebook Live Q&A with WTVR CBS6 in Richmond on Wednesday, May 20.

    

WEEK OF MAY 22, 2020

Governor Northam Takes Action on Final Nine Bills of 2020 General Assembly Session, Including Two-Year State Budget

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am proud of the accomplishments we made together during this General Assembly session,” said Governor Northam. “We advanced long-neglected priorities, including rights and protections for Virginians. We were able to redirect funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and a number of the laws we enacted are proving to be more important than ever. My administration will continue to work with the General Assembly to craft budget and legislative responses to the pandemic’s effects on our Commonwealth.”

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Virginia Business Magazine
 
CNN
 
Virginia Mercury
 
WTKR.com
 
WAVY.com

Commonwealth Deploys New Artificial Intelligence-Powered Online Tool to Help Virginians Self-Screen for COVID-19

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “If you are feeling sick or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is important that you take action right away,” said Governor Northam. “This online symptom-checking tool can help Virginians understand their personal risk for COVID-19 and get recommendations about what to do next from the safety of their homes. As we work to flatten the curve in our Commonwealth, telehealth services like this will be vital to relieving some of the strains on providers and health systems and making health care more convenient and accessible.”

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The Virginian-Pilot
 
WAVY.com
 
NBC12.com

Governor Northam Announces COVID-19 Education Work Group to Help Guide Process for Safe, Equitable Reopening of Schools

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am deeply grateful for Virginia’s educators, administrators, school nutrition workers, support staff, parents, and students for the ways they have adapted to new learning environments over the past two months,” said Governor Northam. “As we make decisions about the path forward, this panel will help ensure that we are best supporting rural students, English language learners, students of color, and students with special needs. School closures have been necessary to protect health and safety, but lost class time has a disproportionate impact on Virginia’s most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged students. That’s why equity will remain at the forefront as we determine when and how we can safely and responsibly return to in-person learning.”

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Virginia Receives USDA Approval to Join SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Program, More Than 740,000 Virginians Will Be Able to Purchase Groceries Online

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This continued public health emergency has made access to healthy, affordable food challenging, particularly for Virginians who live in food deserts, have disabilities, or face transportation barriers,” said Governor Northam. “Allowing Virginia families who receive SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online and have them safely delivered to their homes will give vulnerable populations additional flexibility to put food on the table without putting themselves at unnecessary risk.”
 

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WRIC.com
 
WVVA.com
 
LocalDVM.com

Governor Northam Highlights New Housing Resources to Protect Virginians from Eviction and Foreclosure During COVID-19 Crisis

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This public health crisis has created unprecedented housing challenges, regardless of whether you rent or own a home,” said Governor Northam. “Right now, many Virginians are struggling to make next month’s rent or mortgage payments amid a loss in wages due to the pandemic. These resources will help Virginians get the information they need to make decisions, and ensure they have access to a safe, stable, and affordable place to live.”

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In case you missed it...

 
Associated Press
 
The Virginian-Pilot
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
PBS NewsHour
 
The Daily Progress
 
WAMU
 
VPM
 
WTOP.com
 
Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
Virginia Mercury