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COVID-19 Information

INFORMATION

July 7, 2020

Office of Communications Contact: Sherrie Johnson

SherrieJohnson@pwcgov.org 703.792.5509 (office) 703.232.6853 (cell)

 

Prince William County and Sentara Healthcare Provide Free COVID Testing

 

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – Free COVID-19 Testing will take place at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, VA 22172 on Wednesday, July 8 from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. for drive-through or walk-up testing. The event is open to anyone who lives or works in Prince William County. The testing event is supported by Sentara Healthcare and Prince William County Government.

 

 

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Prince William County is the second-largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of nearly 467,000. A highly-educated, racially and ethnically diverse population makes the county one of the most globally represented communities in the region. AAA Bond Ratings, awarded annually from all three ratings agencies, confirms a commitment to a thriving and robust economy. Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles and includes independent cities and towns, state and federal park properties, and Quantico Marine Corps Base. Steeped in rich history, surrounded by beautiful parks and open space, Prince William County is a community of choice where individuals, families and businesses choose to live, work and play.

 

Good Morning Prince William – the Community Feeding Taskforce Food Hotline has an urgent need for Spanish speaking volunteers who can assist staff with answering calls to the Hotline during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Duties include answering calls from those in need of food, redirecting callers to a food pantry closest to where they live and arranging home deliveries for shut-ins.  Training is provided; however, volunteers will work from home and must have their own computer and Internet access.  To register, please create an account on our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, then go into the opportunity to Respond to the opportunity.  Please email bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.

 

  • Medical Reserve Corps has an urgent need for volunteers to help in the fight against COVID-19. Many volunteers are needed across the state and locally to provide support for the expected surge in hospitals and long-term care facilities.  Volunteers with healthcare experience are especially needed, but they will accept non-medical volunteers in a variety of other skill sets as well.  Please fill out an online application at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/.  Questions?  Please email amy.feinberg@vdh.virginia.gov for more information.
  • BEACON is looking for Virtual Instructors for their 3-week Summer Conversation classes, July 6 thru 24.  Classes meet every Mon & Wed, 9:30am-11am, and Tue & Thur, 7pm-8:30pm.  Volunteers are needed to provide small group instruction to English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL).  No second language or teaching experience is required. Free professional-level training is provided.  Schedules are flexible.  Volunteers are also needed as Virtual Technology Facilitators for their 3-week summer conversation classes.  Technology facilitators will provide technical support for the ESOL online classes 2-4 hours a week.  If you have basic computer skills, are comfortable with using Zoom, and would like to be a part of a team to help make a difference in your community, please call 571.422.2242 or email jmorazuniga@osbva.org to hear more about these exciting and rewarding opportunities.
  • For Children’s Sake is looking for foster parents to provide a loving and stable home for youth in foster care. FCS trains and supports all families ongoing before, during and after foster youth are in your home. FCS is looking for foster parents to take children as both short- and long-term placements. They are planning to hold virtual training in the next couple of weeks.  Please call Kelley at 703.817.9890 or email kwillis@fcsva.org for more information.
  • Holy Family Food Pantry, one of the partner food pantries in the Community Feeding Taskforce, has need for bilingual volunteers to answer the phone and take appointments for clients to visit the pantry.  This is an ongoing opportunity Monday thru Thursday, 10am-2pm each day.  To register, please create an account on our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, then go into the opportunity to Respond to the opportunity.  Please email bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn more.
  • You can hold a food drive and help House of Mercy re-stock their bare food pantry shelves!  They have seen a big increase in clients seeking food assistance and urgently need donations of nonperishable items such as veggies, soups, mac and cheese, canned meats, etc. to re-stock their shelves.  It’s so easy to conduct a food drive, even during this pandemic, and you’ll be helping to feed hungry families!  Please call 703.579.0279 or email scrooks@houseofmercyva.org to learn how you can help.
  • Calling all artists!  Novant Health UVA Health System invites artists and budding artists to submit artwork for an upcoming exhibit at the Prince William Medical Center/Haymarket Medical Center titled COVID 19: How We Became Stronger Together.  Paintings, photographs, and drawings will all be considered.  Your artwork can be any favorite subject that inspires you at this difficult time.  Artwork should be framed using wire hanger.  We will accept artwork until June 30, 2020.  For more detailed information contact Liz at erodemsky@novanthealth.org or call 703.369.8173.
  • Prince William Food Rescue (PWFR) urgently needs volunteers as the program is taking on the responsibility of delivering food to both ACTS and SERVE homebound clients.  PWFR is an app-based program enabling volunteers to pick up viable, close to expiration food from supermarkets, restaurants, food pantries, etc., and then deliver it to a program that can immediately use the food. More info on PWFR may be found at https://pwfoodrescue.org/.  Please contact Shirley at scouteau@actspwc.org or call 703.441.8606 ext. 212 for more information.
  • The Salvation Army is collecting items for seniors and vulnerable populations. You can help by creating care packages from the security of your own home and safely dropping items at their Prince William location in Woodbridge. Food items such as canned soups/other dry or canned foods are requested.  Non-food items such as socks, toiletries, diapers/baby wipes and sanitizing supplies are also needed.  Donated items can be dropped off at 1483 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge Suite 102, Woodbridge 22192.  Please email Angela at angela.soriano@uss.salvationarmy.org or call 202.345.2238 to learn more.
  • StreetLight Community Ministries has re-opened their Food Pantry, but donations of nonperishable food are desperately needed so they can continue giving aid to our homeless and impoverished neighbors during this pandemic.  Donations will be accepted every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am.  Please email ashaffner@thestreetlight.org to learn more.

 

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call our wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William at 703.369.5292.  You can also visit our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Press Release from VDH: Publicly Available COVID-19 Tests & Safety Recommendations for Those Participating in Protests

 

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – The information below is a press release from the Virginia Department of Health, or VDH, regarding publicly available COVID-19 tests. The release also encourages those participating in protests to take precautionary measures to keep themselves safe from potential exposure of COVID-19 while protesting. For more information about Prince William County and COVID-19, please visit pwcgov.org/COVID19.

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Virginia Department of Health Shares Information on Publicly Available COVID-19 Tests

(Richmond, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) wants to ensure all Virginians, including those participating in ongoing protests, know how to access publicly-available COVID-19 tests.    The nature of large protests means the virus may spread more easily there, especially if protesters are not wearing masks. VDH has communicated with Local Health Districts where protests have occurred. We are encouraging those districts to share information with protesters about community testing events and pharmacy locations where COVID-19 tests are available.   Individuals who have attended protests may be at higher risk of infection of COVID-19. VDH suggests protesters wear masks, wash hands frequently, stay six feet apart from others in crowds, and, if symptoms appear, stay home and call their health care provider.   All Virginians may get tested if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 or if they believe they have been exposed to others with infections.   “We support the right to protest, and we also want people to be safe. People can have COVID-19 and not show symptoms or have only mild symptoms and unknowingly spread the virus to others. For some people, particularly those with underlying health conditions, the virus can be life-threatening. We urge people who have symptoms such as fever and cough to stay home and to get tested,” said Virginia State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A.   VDH encourages individuals to talk with their health care provider about questions. The Department will continue to monitor and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak while supporting Virginians’ right to engage in civic action.   Access VDH’s online symptom checker, CovidCheck at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covidcheck/     Find publicly-available tests at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/

Media Contact: Truman Braslaw, VDH Public Information Officer, Turman.Braslaw@vdh.virginia.gov

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