COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resource Center

The VMA is committed to providing members with factual, reliable and timely information regarding COVID-19 and its potential impact on Virginia’s manufacturing sector, its employees and its supply-chain.

Daily Updates

Daily Updates

April 6 – VMA hosted an all-member webinar dedicated to COVID-19 response. Aaron Miller from Virginia Small Business Development Centers joined the call to discuss SBA funding. Additionally, Roger Whyte, CEO of LiteSheet Solutions joined the call to discuss Project Shining Light: UV-C Sanitation Technology Solutions. View the webinar here. The meeting passwood is: MrFVSJj5

April 3 – US OSHA provided enforcement guidance related to wearing protective equipment during the N95 shortage. View their press release here. They also issued guidance related to wearing protective equipment certified in other countries or jurisdictions. View that guidance memo here.

April 1 – Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy sent a letter to Governor Northam, requesting the delay of legislation that will add significant costs for business at a time when many companies have experienced immeasurable financial loss, laid-off workers, and face an uncertain future.

March 31 – Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provided enforcement and compliance guidance related to COVID-19. View their press release here.

March 30The VMA hosted the first of a series of weekly all-member webinars dedicated to COVID-19 response. Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Trade, Cassidy Rasnick, joined the call to answer questions from members. View the webinar here. These meetings will take place each Monday at 11:30 until May 4th. 

March 23 – The VMA and VMA Board of Directors hosted a webinar to discuss the VMA’s “Phase 1” regulatory relief proposal, critical efforts to ensure that the manufacturing operations and its supply-chain operations retain their designation as “essential services,” and to share industry best practices. View the PowerPoint presentation here. Listen to the full video recording here.

March 19 – Virginia is now eligible for low-interest Disaster Assistance Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Criteria for financing includes:

  • Eligibility– The applicant must be physically located in a declared state/county and suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster. 
  • Credit History– Applicants must have an acceptable credit history.
  • Repayment– Applicant must demonstrate the ability to repay the SBA loan.  The interest rates are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years.  More information can be found at SBA’s COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loan.  Look for local assistance near you – view the map.

March 19 – Tax payment news:

  • Sales Tax Payments may be deferred until April 20, if requested from the state. There will be no penalties and the General Assembly will be asked to repeal interest payments required by this deferral. View tax bulletin.
  • State Corporate and Individual Income Tax Payments due May 1 will be deferred until June 1 and penalties and interest will be waived pending General Assembly approval.

March 19 – US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

March 19VMA submitted its formal “Phase 1” state regulatory relief proposal to Governor Northam.

March 18VMA Board of Directors met to develop an initial state regulatory relief proposal to submit to Governor Northam.  This proposal identifies manufacturing operations and supply-chain designation as “essential services” as critical priority, and begins work to donate critical products and convert manufacturing operations to same.

March 18 – NAM called for additional aggressive actions from the federal government to help the industry respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies; a $1.4 trillion COVID-19 Resiliency Fund.

March 17VMA, NFIB and VA Retail Federation hosted a Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy conference call to discuss COVID-19 industry response.

March 17VMA participated in a COVID-19 conference call with Northam Administration to discuss potential assistance and next steps to the infection.

March 16 – State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued 60 Day Suspension of All Disconnections.

March 12 – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19.

March 12 – NAM released the findings of a survey of manufacturing leaders examining the economic and operational impacts of COVID-19.

March 10 – The Manufacturing Leadership Council and the NAM hosted an informational call in response to best practice inquiries. You can listen to the recording for examples of what other manufacturers are doing to cope with COVID-19.

March 9 – NAM released their Policy Action Plan for COVID-19 response, calling on the federal government to take legislative and administrative steps to equip manufacturers to respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.

Prevention and Response Recommendation

Prevention and Response Recommendation

  1. No public gatherings greater than 10 people.
  2. Maintain a 6-foot separation between employees as well as customers or contractors.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  5. Stay home when you are sick or have been exposed to someone that is sick.
  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly.
  8. Use facemask and other PPE as directed. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.  Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  9. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after touching machinery or vehicles; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  10. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. CDC’s handwashing website features more information about why and how to wash hands.

(Sources:  Virginia Executive Order 51; CDC, 2019.)

Government Resources

Government Resources

STATE RESOURCES:

Governor Northam’s latest COVID-19 executive actions and press release identifying manufacturing operations as “essential services”:

Find out how to help: Virginia Department of Emergency Management Services Critical Products Survey. View the Critical Products Checklist and Contracting and Donations Guide here.

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR):

Virginia Department of Health:

Virginia Unemployment Insurance & COVID-19 FAQ – Information from Governor Northam’s Office.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to COVID-19.

Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) –

FEDERAL RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

US Department of Homeland Security – Guidance on The Essential Critical Infrastructure.

US OSHA

US SBA – COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Loan.

US State Department – guidance on domestic and international travel.

US Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Paid Leave Questions and Answers

US Treasury Department – CARES Act – Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Industry Best-Practices and Resources

Industry Best-Practices and Resources

Virginia Manufacturers Association

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has specific information for businesses, healthcare, laboratories, transportation, and more for responding to and preventing COVID-19 infections.

American Chemistry Council has a COVID-19 resource page.  Download and post the free workplace poster to help stop COVID-19 infections.

National Association of Manufacturers has a COVID-19 resource page.  If your company can donate, produce and ship critical products or their components (e.g., ventilators, masks, vital sign monitors, tubing, etc.) for the national COVID-19 response, please complete the survey.

Disclaimer:  The information provided herein does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials provided are for general informational purposes only and suggested guidance based on the best available information at the time.