Mayor Stoney gives update on Richmond’s emergency childcare program

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Levar Stoney gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Richmond, as well as the city’s emergency childcare program, on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday morning, Richmond has reported 4,198 cases of the coronavirus and 49 deaths from the disease.

Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments, said the city has a decrease in number of cases per 100,000 people, but the percent positivity rate has risen to 7.8 percent.

Stoney gave an update and more information relating to the city’s emergency childcare program, which the city has allocated a total of $3 million towards.

While the base cost of this program for families is about $33, Stoney said households who receive any kind of public assistance will be able to participate in it for free.

“For a lot of our families who are living paycheck to paycheck … this is critical. They go to work to keep their lights on … and if they can’t get out their to make a paycheck they can’t stay in their home,” Stoney said.

In addition to the five Richmond Public School buildings, Stoney added two churches will be used for the childcare program — Battery Park Christian Church and Movement Church. There will be 50 spots available per church, or 100 new spots.

Stoney added the city would work as fast as possible to get more sites up and running as fast as possible.

“We continue to work with Richmond Public Schools to move into the next phase of our emergency child care offering,” Stoney added.

You can find more information about the program on YMCA Richmond’s website.

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