02 April 2020 – VA receives Major Disaster Declaration, providing federal public assistance

Type of Intervention: Guidance
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Private Sector, Social Services
Level of Jurisdiction: VA
Lead People/Agency: Governor Ralph Northam, Federal Government

Overview: Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia has received a Major Disaster Declaration to aid in the Commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Governor Northam requested this federal disaster assistance on Monday, March 30.
Full details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/april/headline-855921-en.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: A Major Disaster Declaration designation provides federal public assistance for all areas in the Commonwealth of 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.