COVID19: Resources & County Response

As our community works to slow the spread of COVID-19, our message to residents is: Pause, don’t panic. Practice physical distancing, mask-wearing and other CDC-recommended measures. Those who can stay at home should, lessening risk for people who do not have that option, such those working in healthcare and retail. While the COVID-19 case fatality rate is 3.4%, the World Health Organization also reports that 1 in 5 persons who contract the virus may require hospitalization.

Prevention remains the best medicine. Please stay home as much as possible and double down on healthy habits to flatten the curve and give our healthcare systems time to catch up to the outbreak.

For the time being, Supervisor Boddye is moving the office to virtual mode and working remotely. Please call 571.492.4259 or use the online help portal to reach us. For the latest Countywide updates, visit coronavirus.pwc.gov and  use this link to sign up for alerts by text.

CVS to Offer “DIY” COVID Testing; Appointment Required

At select sites, CVS Health is offering free self-swab tests to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Appointments are required. Currently, the only location in Prince William County is at 16712 Route 1, Dumfries, VA 22026. Depending on what area you live in, you may wish to use CVS’s locator tool to […]

Testing on May 30 at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Sentara Healthcare Limited Free Testing for Eligible Prince William County Residents To assist public health officials contain the spread of COVID-19 in overlooked/undertested communities of color, Sentara Healthcare is offering free testing for those communities in Prince William County. Testing is for persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and need to be tested for the virus. Symptoms […]

Virginia Department of Health announces hotline for reporting reopening concerns | News | princewilliamtimes.com

With Executive Order 63 in effect as of Friday, May 29, which requires that masks be worn in most public buidings, Virginia Department of Health spokeswoman Maria Reppas told the Virginia Mecury: “VDH expects the public to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the order,” and that the agency will establish a call center (1-877-ASK-VDH3) […]

Board of County Supervisors Announces COVID-19 Small Business Relief Micro-Grant Program

Financial Assistance Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19   At their May 19, 2020, meeting, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted unanimously to establish a COVID-19 Small Business Relief Micro-Grant program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the pandemic. The program, which […]

Reopening Safely, Sustainably

A message from Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye... The recent New York Times piece highlighting the nearly 100,000 American lives already lost to this pandemic is heartbreaking. Meanwhile, many are also reeling from economic loss as we reduce public outings to prevent further spread of COVID-19. To successfully combat these combined tragedies, logic and reason [...]

Governor Northam Announces Face Covering Requirement and Workplace Safety Regulations

Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three, requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Governor also directed the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19. Governor Northam also signed an amended Executive Order […]

Volunteer Opportunities in Prince William

Volunteer Prince William announced a number of ways that you can help families struggling in these challenging times: The Community Feeding Taskforce has a big need for volunteers who can work in their warehouse located at 8418 Kao Circle, Manassas 20110.  Shifts are weekdays, 8am-12Noon or 12Noon-4pm.  Duties include receiving bulk food donations, sorting, shelving […]

Reopening Toolkit for Businesses

Virginia Department of Health has made a business reopening page available on their web site. This page provides resources related to the Governor’s Emergency Order EO61 including a toolkit (signs and other resources for industry to use throughout the establishment), guidance on employee health, cleaning and disinfection, as well critical infrastructure resources. Learn more here: […]

Prince William Area Disaster Fund Accepting Project Proposals

The Prince William Area Disaster Fund’s application period opened Wednesday, May 20. The fund was created as the combined disaster relief and recovery effort for the Greater Prince William area (Prince William County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park), with assistance from the County’s Office of Emergency Management. Administered by The Human Services Alliance […]

Highlights: May 19 BOCS Meeting

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COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Resources for Virginians struggling to pay their rent or mortgage due to COVID-19. Source: COVID-19 economic impact | can’t pay rent or mortgage | Stay Home Virginia

Balancing Economic and Health Concerns when Entering Phase I

The coronavirus pandemic has created a situation with no easy answers. As someone who works for a small business, I understand there are valid concerns that non-essential business closure and stay-at-home orders have taken a substantial toll on Prince William’s economy. Businesses have shuttered, folks are out of work, and families are struggling to put […]

Prince William board to decide how to spend $41 million in federal COVID-19 aid | News | princewilliamtimes.com

“We know there are a lot of businesses being hit hard right now,” Boddye said. “We’re going to have a lot of folks coming to us, wanting that relief and needing that relief.” Prince William County is slated to receive $41 million in federal COVID-19 aid this week, and it will be up to the […]

Prince William County Partners with Health Department and Walmart for Testing

Two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are opening May 15, 2020, in the Walmart parking lot located at: 17041 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Dumfries, VA 22026 8386 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20109 The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth, state and local officials to test anyone who meets Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines on […]

Service Authority Guidance on Flushing Pipes When Reoccupying Buildings

Prior to reoccupying a commercial building or home that has been vacant for a week or longer, flush stagnant water from pipes in the structure to replenish plumbing with fresh, disinfected water from the distribution system. Flush cold water through all plumbing fixtures (faucets, shower heads, etc.) for at least 15 minutes, starting with the […]

Governor Issues Executive Order 62 Delaying Northern Virginia Phase One

JURISDICTIONS TEMPORARILY DELAYED FROM ENTERING PHASE ONE IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 61 AND PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN PHASE ZERO NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION Importance of the Issue Executive Order 61, issued on May 8, 2020, and effective at 12:00 a.m., May 15, 2020, eased certain restrictions imposed under Second Amended Executive Order 53 and Executive Order 55 […]

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions

It’s important to note that Northern Virginia has requested a slower reopening process. The information regarding these details is available by clicking here. Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed framework for the first phase of the “Forward Virginia” plan to safely and gradually ease public health restrictions while containing the […]

Northern Virginia Localities Urge Governor to Set Regional Targets for Reopening

The chief elected officials of the five largest localities in Northern Virginia have sent a letter to Governor Ralph Northam, supporting his “Forward Virginia” reopening plan in general but urging him to implement it for the region only once regional threshold metrics have been met. Although the metrics appear likely to be met statewide by May 15, […]

County Continues to Find Ways to Serve Homeless

COVID-19 has created challenges in serving the most vulnerable populations in the county, including those who are homeless. To better serve the needs of the homeless, the Prince William County Department of Social Services and Streetlight Community Outreach Ministries moved the Overnight Shelter to the gymnasium of the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building in March, allowing […]

In-Person Graduations Scheduled for August

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has announced that it will tentatively scheduled in-person high school graduations for August. The COVID-19 virus and the Governor’s closure of schools across the Commonwealth caused PWCS to cancel the graduations originally planned for June. Students will not be denied the opportunity to participate in graduation due to outstanding […]

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Payment Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Governor Ralph Northam announced on April 29, 2020 that Virginia has secured relief options for more than 200,000 Virginians with privately held student loans. The payment relief is the result of a new initiative by Virginia and several other states to work with the major private student loan servicers to expand on protections for federal […]

Post Budget Adoption Update: Investing in Our Future

Last night, the Board of Supervisors adopted Prince William County's FY2021 Budget. It is a far cry from the ambitious set of priorities we were presented with back in February, before the onset of COVID-19, and it is not perfect. We had to cut back on a host of investments which would have allowed us [...]

Residents Urged to Minimize Waste

Keep Collection Workers and Communities Safe Northern Virginia joins the nation in an abundance of refuse and recycling being collected by municipalities. Stay-at-home orders have sent people into their basements, attics, sheds, and other places where there’s cleaning to be done. The results -- refuse and recycling has increased 40 percent regionally. This clean out [...]

Feeding Taskforce Helpine

Anyone in the Greater Prince William Region in need of food can call the Helpline.  Agents will help callers connect with their nearest food pantry or assist with scheduling a Direct Delivery if they have an emergency food need and have no transportation or can’t leave their homes for health reasons.  Callers from Manassas Park […]

OmniRide Reducing Express Services as of April 27

OmniRide will further reduce its Express commuter bus services as of Monday, April 27, due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Express ridership has dropped by approximately 90 percent, OmniRide will continue to operate a few core commuter routes that are serving essential personnel. As of Monday, April 27, the following changes are […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Lessening Stress for Vulnerable Families

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Normally, the Prince William County Department of Social Services would host several events to spread the word, including inviting the public to plant a pinwheel garden in front of the McCoart Building. This year, it was just our Department of Social Services staff filling this area with the […]

NOVA to Offer ‘JumpStart’ Tuition-Free Summer Online Courses for Region’s High School Students

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is using institutional dollars from the Federal stimulus to launch a new summer schedule of tuition-free online classes for approximately 70,000 qualified Northern Virginia high school students. This is an opportunity for rising seniors through graduating seniors to JumpStart their summers and earn college credit by attending up to two […]

Prince William Board of Supervisors Approves Funding for Homeless Crisis Response Plan

On Tuesday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors accepted, budgeted and appropriated $324,534 from state and federal grants and $300,000 from Affordable Housing Proffer Funds for housing the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the County’s Director of the Department of Social Services, Courtney Tierney, the department will use $189,000 of the funding […]

OmniRide Adds Precautions for Essential Traveling Amid COVID-19

OmniRide is continuing to provide service to ensure that essential employees are able to get to work and the public can get to critical destinations like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals. However, we ask that unless you have essential business, please obey the governor’s order to stay home. For those passengers that are conducting essential […]

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center: Busting COVID-19 Myths

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center hosted a virtual legislative roundtable engaging local, state, and federal legislators to discuss COVID-19 and its effects on our community. Michael Reitz, D.O, SHFM, Vice President Medical Affairs of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) discussed COVID-19. Dr. Reitz shared social distancing is the best […]

Prince William County Partners with Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William to Collect Donations for Disaster Relief

The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William partnered with Prince William County Government and the cities of Manassas, and Manassas Park to collect donations for the Prince William Area Disaster Fund. This is a combined disaster relief and recovery fund to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on the community. The fund is supported […]

County to Voice Support for Virtual Board Meetings

Yesterday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Boddye’s resolution to voice support for Governor Northam’s Amendment 28 to HB 29/2018-2020 Biennium Budget Bill, which would grant localities the ability to meet virtually during a state of emergency. Current state law requires a physical quorum for localities to meet on matters that do […]

Libraries are Offering Programs Online for All Ages

While COVID-19 has everything shut down, the folks at Prince William Public Libraries have found other options. They have gone digital. A science experiment on how to make a bottle rocket, LEGO® play time, story time and Music and Motion videos are some of the things people can watch on the library’s Facebook page and […]

April 10th Updates from the Landfill

The below updates are summarized in a PDF you can download by clicking here. Effective April 10th, until further notice: Landfill and Balls Ford Compost Facility will be closed on Sundays. Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling program has been suspended.  Bulky items and construction debris accepted at the Landfill only, Monday through Friday. […]

FY21 Budget: Current Economic Realities

Many of you have reached out with concern about how the real estate tax rate originally advertised in February will affect families now struggling to make ends meet. I have heard those concerns, and I share them. Seeing how the coronavirus has been affecting our community, my office has shifted the direction of our budget committee and […]

Board to Receive Public Comments Regarding Budget Online and In Person

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hold public meetings this month to maintain the continuity of government and take the appropriate steps towards adopting the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. During the Board’s 2 p.m. meeting on April 14, County Executive Chris Martino will provide a recap and his recommendations regarding the Proposed FY2021 […]

Prince William County Resources Available for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

The Prince William County Department of Economic Development and Office of Tourism (d/b/a Visit Prince William, Virginia) are actively engaged with the business community during the COVID-19 health crisis. Businesses are encouraged to visit PrinceWilliamCounty.biz for assistance with the following: Financial Assistance for Businesses Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) CARE Act Emergency Loans Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) […]

InsideNoVa, Prince William County Government to Hold COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall – Coronavirus

InsideNoVa and Prince William County Government are partnering to hold a virtual town hall to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and answer residents’ questions. The town hall will take place on Monday, April 13, 2020, from 5-6 p.m. Prince William County Executive Christopher Martino, Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler and Prince William Health District Director […]

School Nurses Volunteer to Help Prince William Health District During Pandemic

Twenty-two school nurses from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) have signed up to volunteer through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to help staff the Prince William Health District Call Center and provide other services as needed during the current pandemic. “It is necessary to have a call center available to answer questions from […]

Board Acts to Maintain Continuity of Government During Pandemic

Please note, that while in-person comment is still available during public hearings, residents are urged to instead utilize online methods for contacting Supervisors, such as emailing BOCS@pwcgov.org or adding comments about specific agenda items on the Speak Up portal. You can also use the Budget Q&A page to submit questions, and review answers to questions […]

Governor Northam Announces Emergency Funding to Shelter Virginia’s Homeless Population

Initial $2.5 million in funding will house unsheltered individuals, support case management Governor Ralph Northam today announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter Virginia’s statewide homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency support will provide temporary housing for the approximately 1,500 Virginians who are currently unsheltered or rely on shelters that […]

County Working with Community Partners to Provide Resources

The schools are working hard to make sure children in the county continue to stay fed. A recent change in USDA rules now allow parents to pick up food without children needing to be present. Documentation is requested for students enrolled in PWCS; however, food will still be provided to all children even those not […]

County Works with Community Partners to Create Feeding Taskforce

Normal run-of-the-mill emergencies tend to last a few hours or maybe a few days, but the challenges associated with COVID-19 are much different. The impact of the pandemic is expected to last for a while and produce a greater need than other events. One of those needs is the access to food for the most […]

Renewed Hope, Amidst Shifting Budget Realities

Developing the budget is one of the most critical, and complex, duties with which the Board of County Supervisors is tasked. This process is a delicate balance between investing in the services that enhance our community while not overburdening the taxpayers of Prince William. It always involves tough choices. That is truer than ever as […]

Guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you’re among those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, you might be concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent. Federal and state governments have announced plans to help struggling homeowners during this time. Read this to get information on what to do now, and what your options are for mortgage and rental […]

Solid Waste Facilities usage – COVID 19 Guidance

Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay at home order on March 30, 2020, which restricts all Virginians to essential trips only. The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility are both open Monday – Saturday for limited disposal activities. Effective immediately both facilities are closed on Sundays and the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics […]

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses | Virginia Small Business Development Center

The Virginia SBDC Network staff is located throughout the state and is capable and able to meet with you virtually (phone, web conferencing) to assist with your questions.We offer confidential, no-cost technical assistance to help create a strategy specific to your business needs. Visit their website to find an Advisor near you and to learn […]

Virginia’s Statewide Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions | Virginia.gov

The Commonwealth of Virginia put together an informative FAQ section regarding the Governor’s stay-at-home order (Executive Order 55) which also includes answers to Executive Order 53. At this time, Governor Northam is also live streaming updates regarding COVID-19 on his Facebook page at 2pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Source: Frequently Asked Questions | Virginia.gov

Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on County Operations

Up until COVID-19 hit the area, the county was projecting a revenue budget surplus of approximately $5.7 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020, according to Prince William County Executive Chris Martino. Martino recently briefed the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on the fiscal impact the pandemic is likely to have on the […]

Potomac Health Foundation » Letter to our partners regarding COVID-19

The Potomac Health Foundation is opening a new grant cycle and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply. With the COVID-19 emergency, the Foundation is extending flexibility to its grantees on where the funds are spent. For not-for-profits seeking skills based volunteers during this time, the Potomac Health Foundation is offering to cover the fees for Catchafire […]

COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Supporting Those Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus and its Economic Consequences The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. The Fund will attract and provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. The Fund’s focus will be to […]

County Executive Provides Update on Response Efforts to COVID-19

Prince William County is actively cooperating with surrounding jurisdictions, businesses, hospitals, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to directly confront COVID-19. County Executive Chris Martino recently gave a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors showing how the county has prepared to meet […]

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s OK To Grieve | NPR

  On weekday evenings, sisters Lesley Laine and Lisa Ingle stage online happy hours from the Southern California home they share. It’s something they’ve been enjoying with local and faraway friends during this period of social distancing and self-isolation. And on a recent evening, I shared a toast with them. We laughed and had fun […]

Leading Epidemiologist ‘Absolutely Confident’ Antiviral Drugs Will Stem COVID-19 Pandemic | Here & Now

Dr. Larry Brilliant has been on the frontlines in the fight against disease for decades. The epidemiologist helped eradicate smallpox, and he’s also been involved in the battle against polio and blindness. In a 2006 TED Talk, Brilliant described what the pandemic would look like — and he says the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to infect […]

1918 Flu | Throughline

  We’ve heard a lot of people draw comparisons between the 1918 flu, sometimes called the Spanish Flu, and the current coronavirus pandemic. This podcast episode of Throughline by NPR explains the 1918 flu and goes into the similarities and differences between the two. The differences they highlight can provide hope during this scary time. […]

County Offers Tools to Keep Residents Informed About COVID-19

In an effort to provide ongoing information regarding COVID-19, Prince William County is offering several new tools that residents can now access. The county’s new COVID-19 website – available at pwcgov.org/COVID19 – is much easier to navigate and is the main source of information regarding the county’s response to the pandemic. For those who have their browser [...]

Information Regarding the March 31 Board of County Supervisors Meeting

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is holding their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the McCoart Administration Building, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge. While the McCoart Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, it is open for the Board meeting and other in-person meetings […]

County Partners with MurLarkey Distillery to Produce Hand Sanitizer

​Prince William County is partnering with MurLarkey Distillery in Bristow, VA to make hand sanitizer that will go to first responders and healthcare workers. Mike Larkin, the president and one of MurLarkey’s founders, said the distillery recently made 30 gallons, or 300 units, in its first batch of hand sanitizer. The company will resume production […]

Resources for the Unsheltered and Homeless During COVID-19 and How You Can Help

Supervisor Boddye’s office has received numerous inquiries on the safety of some of the most vulnerable people within our community: the unsheltered and homeless. While there are many resources available through the Department of Social Services (DSS) and through community partners, many inquiries revolved around how those services might change during the COVID-19 emergency. Our […]

Virginia’s SNAP Program to Issue Emergency Benefits

Existing clients will receive additional benefits in March and April Emergency benefits will be made available to Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants during the months of March and April, as part of a provision set forth by the Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020. Under this provision, the Virginia Department of Social […]

SSG Announces New Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Support Grants to Help Employers during the COVID-19 Crisis – Virginia Career Works Northern Region

On March 17, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced new measures to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the release of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Rapid Response funding to support Northern Virginia employers to remain open during this emergency. These funds are intended to assist local employers to avert layoffs and support […]

COVID-19 Testing

We recognize and understand that there is a lot of frustration and confusion regarding COVID-19 testing. Unfortunately, there is a limited supply of testing supplies available throughout the region and the country. Facts about COVID-19 testing: There are two different components to testing: Collecting a sample from a patient. Sending the collected sample to an […]

Legislative Update: Federal Action on COVID19

Coronavirus Preparedness Response Supplemental Appropriations Act House and Senate Passed on March 4, 2020 President signed into law March 6, 2020 H.R.6074 addresses the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contains $8.3 billion to increase the availability of tests, support public and private efforts toward developing a vaccine, and assistance for small businesses Bill allowes $1 billion in loan […]

FAQ About Virginia’s COVID19 Restrictions

General Questions When does this order go into effect? What areas of the state are covered? The order is in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Will this order be changed? Governor Northam, in consultation with State [...]

The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open 7038727759

Image text: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) The Prince William Health District Call Center is now open at 7038727759 For questions related to COVID-19, the Prince William Health District has opened our Call Center at (703) 872-7759. Your health and safety are important to us and we want to make sure you have the information you need. […]

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools

Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Executive Order Fifty-Three orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 […]

OmniRide Altering Bus Service Due to COVID-19

March 23 – In response to declining ridership while many people telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, OmniRide will make changes to some of its Express commuter bus schedules effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020. No changes are currently anticipated for OmniRide Metro Express, OmniRide Local or OmniRide Access paratransit services. Friday service levels will be offered during weekdays, starting Wednesday, March 25, on the […]

Unsheltered and Homeless Resources: Streetlight Ministries

Our office reached out to County Departments and community partners to collect information regarding resources available for the unsheltered and homeless. StreetLight Community Outreach Ministries provided the following information via email: During this crisis, StreetLight will continue homeless services which include:  Case Management support with our Outreach Case Manager  (Roger Guzman, StreetLight’s Case Manager for […]

A Message From Supervisor Boddye

Transcript Dear Occoquan District Neighbors - this is Kenny Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor. I’m reaching out to you today regarding the situation surrounding the coronavirus. Every single member of our community has been touched by this pandemic in one way or another, and the need for social distance and self-isolation can add to what is [...]

Federal Government Responses to Coronavirus

The House Ways and Means Committee has assembled a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers what small businesses, seniors, and workers need to know and is broken into sections about what Congress has passed, what Congress is going to do next, and what the […]

Support Local: Find Delivery Services & Virtual Experiences

Visit Prince William has put together a listing of local food and beverage businesses, open spaces and virtual experiences that can help keep us connected while practicing social distancing. As businesses adapt to new public health guidance and state regulations, many are offering new options for curbside pickup, delivery and takeout. (See tips for making [...]

Coordinated Entry System

  During the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded to contact the County’s Coordinated Entry System to provide resources to any people experiencing homelessness. If someone experiencing homelessness is sick or needs to be tested for COVID-19, they should call a healthcare provider and that way the healthcare professional can determine if they need to be […]

Board of County Supervisors Join Call for More Testing

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors sent a letter to Vice President Michael Pence, who chairs the Federal COVID-19 Task Force, calling for the National Capital Region to be designated as a priority testing site. In sending this letter, the Board of County Supervisors echoes calls for this designation being made by the Governors of […]

Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility – New COVID 19 GUIDANCE

The County Landfill and the Balls Ford Compost Facility are both open. However, we have instructed our employees to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from customers, so unloading assistance is restricted. We also request customers practice social distancing from each other. This can be a challenge on weekends, so we are offering […]

Take the Census While You Are at Home

While the Census Bureau monitors the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation and follows the guidance of health authorities, the agency is reminding people to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or send it in by mail. Person-to-person contact is not needed to complete the 2020 Census. According to the Prince William County Demographer, Brian Engelmann, […]

U.S. Small Business Administration Declares Virginia a Disaster Area

In keeping with our commitment to bring you the most up to date information, we wanted to let you know that the US Small Business Administration has granted disaster declaration for Prince William County, as well as all of Virginia. As a result, affected businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters may qualify for federal disaster […]

Prince William County Closes Government Buildings to the Public

Due to evolving concerns related to COVID-19, Prince William County closed all government buildings to the public as of 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 19, 2020, until further notice. The courts, clerks and related judicial administration locations and services are open in accordance with instructions from the Virginia Supreme Court. Public Safety services are operating […]

Column: How You Can Help Those Facing Homelessness During the Pandemic | PW Perspective

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, has pretty much upended everyone’s lives and is forcing everyone to stay indoors. The pandemic is also putting a strain on our ability to directly help people in need without anyone becoming infected. In Prince William County, single adults experiencing homelessness who live in the woods have to travel to the […]

Amid coronavirus crisis, county relocates overnight homeless shelter to larger space | News | princewilliamtimes.com

Some of Prince William’s most vulnerable residents had a new place to sleep last night. About four dozen homeless people who had been staying at the county’s overnight shelter were transferred to a larger space the A.J. Ferlazzo Building, while some chronically ill homeless residents were temporarily housed in a local hotel. The changes are […]

Emergency Access to Capital Resource List – PenFed Foundation

The PenFed Foundation has put together a resource list for businesses including veteran owned businesses. They are actively updating the resource list as well as providing news updates and webinars on how to cope with COVID-19 affects on your business.

Prince William County to Donate $30,000 to Local Food Banks

In an effort to ensure the most vulnerable families in the community have access to food, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors made donations totaling $30,000 to the local food banks, who have seen a decline in donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The local state of emergency declared by County Executive Chris Martino earlier […]

ACTS’ Senior Link call reassurance program

Due to the ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19 concerns, one of the precautions seniors and those with disabilities are choosing is to stay home. ACTS wants you to be aware of our Senior Link Program during this trying time. This free call reassurance program provides scheduled phone calls to senior citizens and those who are […]

Volunteers for the COVID-19 outbreak – Volunteer Prince William

As we all face these unusual circumstances we are surely adjusting our normal business practices. I have gotten a number of calls and emails regarding folks that would like to volunteer at this time. Many in our network have opted not to utilize their volunteer work force and not to take on new volunteers for […]

Prince William County Service Authority Coronavirus Information

March 16, 2020 Update  Dear Customer, The Service Authority is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and taking all necessary measures to ensure the continued delivery of clean drinking water and the treatment of wastewater for our customers in Prince William County. As a public utility, we know an emergency can happen at […]

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

Big Spoon Co. has an excellent list of COVID-19 relief resources for food and beverage businesses and restaurant workers that they are actively updating. Follow the link below to view their resource list. Source: COVID-19 Financial Resources for Food & Beverage Businesses and Restaurant Workers — Big Spoon Co.

Supporting Governor’s Efforts to Expand SBA Support

On March 18, Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye sent the letter below to Governor Ralph Northam, in support of the effort to seek an economic injury declaration that would make Prince William County eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. He also made the Governor aware of County efforts to solicit impact statements from […]

OmniRide Making Changes to Protect Public Health

OmniRide today announced several changes to help protect the public and OmniRide employees from the COVID-19 pandemic while still providing vital mobility services in our community. Effective immediately OmniRide’s Local and Metro Express services will operate fare free. This move is designed to reduce interactions between bus operators and riders at the fare box and allow […]

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS: Coronavirus Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The scams take a variety of forms, such as setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and […]

PWC Department of Economic Development COVID-19 Business Update

Prince William County Department of Economic Development is dedicated to serving our business community during the COVID-19 situation. We have adjusted our normal business practices to protect the health and well-being of our employees and the public by operating virtually. As always, we are committed to helping your business and are available by phone or […]

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians

Directs adherence to 10-person gathering ban, quarantine for high-risk individuals, worker and employer support Governor Ralph Northam today announced additional steps to help Virginians impacted by novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, stop the spread of the virus in the Commonwealth, and protect public health. “Everyone must play a role to help flatten the curve and mitigate […]

After struggling for days to get coronavirus test results, Manassas man found positive for COVID-19 | news/prince_william | insidenova.com

After struggling to get COVID-19 test results for days, the family of a Manassas man learned Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Titou Phommachanh has started an experimental drug treatment at Inova Fairfax Hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Phommachanh, who spoke with InsideNoVa on Monday. The couple has been married for more […]

Prince William County Declares Local State of Emergency

County Executive Chris Martino signed a Declaration of Local State of Emergency for Prince William County in response to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to limit crowds of people to 50 or less to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration is in effect as of noon today, March 16, […]

Occoquan Office Temporary Procedures – COVID19 Response

As we discussed in previous posts, limiting contact with others (aka, social distancing) is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID19, protecting our most vulnerable populations and buying time for healthcare systems to care for patients and develop new treatments. So, for the safety of our residents and staff, the […]

Flattening the Curve: How “Hitting Pause” Can Save Lives

With mixed-messaging pouring in through social media and a lot of unknowns, one side effect of COVID19 is confusion! While it is natural to want to go about with “business as usual,” hitting pause and limiting public activity for the next few weeks is the best defense we currently have against the new virus. In […]

COVID19: County Response

Prince William County Health District (PWHD) and the Office of Emergency Management recently reported on how the county is responding to COVID-19, and Virginia declared a state of emergency on March 12. PWHD Director Dr. Alison Ansher said that her agency’s incident management team is coordinating with surrounding jurisdictions and the Virginia Department of Health. […]