Includes investments for Rebuild VA, community revitalization, tourism and hospitality industries

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that his first budget proposal for American Rescue Plan funding invests $353 million to boost recovery among Virginia's small businesses and industries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the Governor and General Assembly leaders released a joint statement outlining shared priorities for the $4.3 billion in federal funds available to the Commonwealth from the American Rescue Plan.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) is getting two new instruments to perform more COVID-19 tests in-house. During the last 10 months, VCU Health CMH had to reserve testing to sick, admitted patients and those having urgent surgery, sending all other incoming admissions tests performed at CMH to Richmond. This new equipment makes it possible for the laboratory to perform all required COVID tests for all incoming admissions and surgeries, decreasing the time it takes to get results. The lab is currently averaging 20,000 total lab tests per month. Manufacturers allocate COVID test supplies on a limited, daily basis so this will increase capacity for routine COVID testing to meet the hospital’s needs.

In an effort to maintain the health and well-being of our staff and citizens, the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services will close to the public effective, today, January 11, 2021 until further notice. 

 On December 22nd, Governor Ralph Northam announced temporary changes to the Commonwealth's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will support Virginia workers and businesses whose livelihoods have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

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