COVID-19 Community Resources

COVID-19 Pandemic Information

For information regarding the global pandemic and the latest guidance from Virginia public health officials,

Unemployment and other Public Benefits

Online Connectivity for Students Who Lack It

Minimizing Your Risks of Getting COVID-19

COMMUNITY RESOURCES BY REGION

Food, Housing, Goods, Transit, Health, Money, Care, Education, Work, and Legal

ALL AREAS

Utilities

  • Utilities – State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Virginia Natural Gas – Energy Assistance Programs
  • Washington Gas  Emergency Assistance/Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Power

  • Dominion Energy Temporarily not shutting off power for nonpayment. Reconnecting residential customers whose services were shut off.
  • American Electric Power AEP Coronavirus (COVID-19) information.
  • Atmos Energy has temporarily suspended natural gas disconnections.

Unemployment

  • No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
  • Enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19.
  • Fewer restrictions. For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.

Internet/Phone

Education 

CENTRAL VIRGINIA & LYNCHBURG

  • Bedford County COVID-19 Hotline (540) 587.0720 (Hotline open 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday)

NEW RIVER VALLEY

ROANOKE VALLEY

SHENANDOAH VALLEY & CHARLOTTESVILLE

SOUTHSIDE