Frequently asked questions from Independent City of Virginia Beach

How much do I need to have earned to qualify for UI benefits in Virginia?

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To qualify for unemployment insurance benefits in Virginia, an individual must have earned at least a total of $3,000 in two quarters in the base period.

What information is required to file for unemployment insurance claims in the State of Virginia Online?

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You will need the following information to file your unemployment insurance claim in Virginia:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • The accurate employer names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates of employment within the last 18 months.
  • The name and local number of your local union hall, if you obtain work through a union.
  • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a US citizen.
  • If you have any Non-Virginia employers you must have an accurate mailing address, phone number, and dates of employment for them.
  • You will be asked to select a method of payment: VA Debit Card or Direct Deposit. If you select Direct Deposit, you will need to have your Routing Number (First 9 digits located at the bottom of your checks) and your Account Number (5-17 digits, its exact location varies from bank to bank).

Can I file my unemployment insurance claim over the telephone?

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Yes! Claims for benefits and inquiries are taken at the VEC Customer Contact Centers (1-866-832-2363 - Available 8:15am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday. Closed state holidays).  Requests for weekly payment of benefits and claim status questions are made through the VEC Voice Response System (1-800-897-5630).

How are my unemployment benefits computed?

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In order to qualify for benefits, you must have earned enough wages in covered employment during the base period.  The amount of wages you earned will determine your Weekly Benefit Amount and the maximum number of weeks (12 to 26) to which you will be entitled.  You will be issued a Monetary Determination that contains your base period wage information.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the local health department closest to me in the State of Virginia?

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You can use the Local Health Department Locator here

Where can I find the official number of Coronavirus cases reported per county in the State of Virginia?

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You can find the latest numbers on the COVID-19 cases by locality on the Department of Health website here