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Trump approves Virginia disaster declaration

President Donald Trump sends off USNS Comfort from Naval Station Norfolk to New York City Saturday, March 28, 2020. (WYDaily)
President Donald Trump sends off USNS Comfort from Naval Station Norfolk to New York City Saturday, March 28, 2020. (WYDaily)

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that a major disaster exists in Virginia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in Virginia impacted by the coronavirus, according to the White House.

FEMA officials said public Assistance federal funding is available to the state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia affected by the coronavirus at a federal cost share of 75 percent.

Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency named MaryAnn Tierney as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments, the White House said.

As of Thursday, Virginia has 1,706 positive cases and 41 deaths.

James City County has 97 cases of the coronavirus, Newport News has a 33, York County has 17, Hampton has 16, Williamsburg has 9 and Poquoson has 3, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

Eight of those deaths were from the Peninsula Health District, which covers Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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