The federal government has declared a Major Disaster in Virginia due to the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
On Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that the state had received the declaration, which will aid Virginia in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Northam made the request for the declaration of Monday.
According to a statement from Northam’s office, a Major Disaster Declaration designation provides federal public assistance for all areas in Virginia affected by COVID-19 at a federal cost share of 75 percent. This allows state agencies, local governments and certain non-profit organizations to purchase additional supplies and receive reimbursements for COVID-19 related costs under its Public Assistance program, the statement says. In addition, the Major Disaster Declaration, the statement says, authorizes federal agencies to provide direct emergency assistance to Virginia.
“We thank the federal government for moving quickly to approve Virginia’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration,” Northam says in the statement. “This critical funding will support our ongoing, statewide efforts to fight this virus in our Commonwealth and keep Virginians safe.”
On Friday, March 27, Virginia received authorization for Title 32 funding to support the Virginia National Guard. Northam has also issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, closing all K-12 schools in Virginia through the remainder of the academic year, and mandating strict social distancing guidelines.
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Source: Mountain Top