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COVID-19 Updates

 

Halloween: The CDC has released information for trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities.

City of Lexington Changes 

City of Lexington Mask Wearing Directive

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

From the Mayor: Mayor Frank Friedman has provided some encouraging words for our wonderful community as we navigate through this challenging time. 

From the Governor: 

Declaration of Local Emergency: The City of Lexington declared a state of local emergency on March 17, 2020. You can view the Declaration of Local Emergency and you can also view the COVID-19, Regional Emergency Declaration Press Release, 03-17-20.

Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force: The United States Attorneys for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, the FBI, and the Virginia State Police are working to protect the residents of Virginia from fraud and exploitation arising from the current coronavirus pandemic through the formation of the Virginia Coronavirus Task Force

The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force is a joint federal and state group that will be led by Assistant United States Attorneys from both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, in partnership with experienced fraud investigators from the FBI and the Virginia State Police.  The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Virginia. 

Lexington City Council: Due to COVID-19, we are taking actions to minimize attendance at City Council meetings. All City Council meetings will be broadcasted through our Facebook and then uploaded to the City's YouTube channel afterwards. If you are unable to view the meeting through either platform, the meeting audio is being recorded and will be posted the following day to the City’s website.

If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to City Council, we strongly encourage you to submit that information in writing, rather than appear at our meeting. If you wish to submit information, please submit those comments/statements by email: jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov, U.S. Mail: 300 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450 or to the City Hall dropbox (located on the back side of City Hall facing the parking lot) with City Manager written on the outside.  Contact information for individual members of City Council can be found below under "Meet Your Council."

Please contact Jani Hostetter at jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov or (540)462-3700, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Lexington City Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Threshold Housing Board: Due to COVID-19, we are taking actions to minimize attendance at public meetings. All public meetings will be broadcasted through our Facebook and then uploaded to the City's YouTube channel afterwards. If you are unable to view the meeting through either platform, the meeting audio is being recorded and will be posted the following day to the City’s website.

If you have information or comments related to any item on our agendas that you would like to have presented, we strongly encourage you to submit that information in writing, rather than appear at a public meeting. If you wish to submit information, please submit those comments/statements by email: aglaeser@lexingtonva.gov, U.S. Mail: 300 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450 or to the City Hall dropbox (located on the back side of City Hall facing the parking lot) with Planning Department written on the outside.

Please contact Arne Glaeser aglaeser@lexingtonva.gov or Bonnie Tombarge btombarge@lexingtonva.gov at (540)462-3704, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Lexington City Offices: All City offices, except for the Lexington Police Department, will now be reopened for all public functions beginning Monday, July 6th.   While we must all still be concerned about the COVID-19 public health threat, Lexington City offices will be open to the public for all regular transactions, public needs and services.  To continue to accommodate all concerns for individual health, City employees will also be available and assist; and services will be provided by phone, internet, US mail and through a drop box at City Hall.  While in City Hall visitors must exercise social distancing and wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask with you, you may take one within City Hall, as you enter. Please only enter City Hall for cash payments or questions and use the dropbox, if at all possible.  All items placed in the dropbox will be processed promptly and a receipt will be provided upon request. The notice and press release will be posted on exterior doors. The City Hall meeting rooms will remain closed until further notice - if you have not been contacted about your scheduled meetings please call (540)462-3700.

Lexington City Schools:

- LCS Parent Information Concerning the Return to In-Person Learning

COVID-19 Information

LCS Meals Service Plan Fall 2020

- Health and Safety Information

- At-Home Learning Plan

FAQ Document for families concerning the Return to Learn Plan Fall 2020

LCS Return to Learn Plan (Full Version)

- Overview of LCS Return to Learn Plan (July 15, 2020)

Update on School Re-Opening

Fall 2020 Family Return to School Survey

Lexington City COVID-19 Park Opening Measures: Starting Tuesday, June 23, 2020, City park amenities, such as bathrooms and picnic areas, will be open to the public.  Public Works will resume taking reservations for picnic areas on this date.  Social distancing and PPE protocols are recommended and strongly encouraged.  The cleaning of these facilities will resume at pre-pandemic efforts and frequency.  Amenities are not guaranteed to be virus free.  Park users should be aware of this risk and are advised to bring with them any personal sanitization equipment they deem conducive to their safety.

Lexington Fire Department: The LFD has placed a prohibition on public visits to the firestation through April 6, 2020. The prohibition will be re-evaluated in April.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your Firefighter/ EMS personnel will now be wearing personal protective equipment on calls to help prevent the spread of the virus. Please do not be alarmed by this, our number one priority is to protect the citizens that we serve, and by protecting our Fire Fighters they will always be able to answer every call.

Lexington City Outdoor Pool: Friends of Rockbridge Swimming (FOR Swimming) is excited to announce that they have entered into an agreement with the City of Lexington to open the Lexington Municipal Pool in a limited capacity this summer. FOR Swimming will strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines that have been issued for pools in Virginia which limits pool use to no more than 3 people per lane. View the full statement.

Lexington Police Department: Effective immediately, the Lexington Police Department will no longer be offering daily services for noise permits, fingerprinting, and parking permits unless a prior appointment for these services has been made. Please call to schedule an appointment at our office by dialing (540) 462-3705. Noise permits and fingerprinting appointments will be on Friday evenings between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Parking permit appointments will be on Friday evenings between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

If you need fingerprints, a $10 processing fee must be paid in advance to the Treasurer (located at 300 E. Washington Street, Lexington, VA) and you must bring your receipt and a photo ID with you at the time of your appointment. If you have a fingerprint card already, please ensure that all required fields are filled in prior to your appointment. If you do not have a fingerprint card, the police department can provide one.

If you need a noise permit, please visit http://lexingtonva.gov/gov/forms.htm to print and fill out a Noise Permit Application prior to your appointment.

Lexington City Piovano Room: The Piovano Room on Spotswood Drive will remain closed until further notice - if you have not been contacted about your scheduled meetings please call (540)462-3700. 

Lexington City Registrar: Voter registration deadline for the June 9th Primary is May 18, 2020. Registration applications can be completed online at the Virginia Department of Elections website. Registration applications can also be requested from Lexington Registrar's office. Voters are encouraged to complete absentee applications for the June 9th Republican Primary and the November 3rd General Election online so that ballots can be mailed to them. Absentee applications can be requested directly from the VA Department of Elections or the Lexington Registrar's office. There will be no in-person absentee voting in the Registrar's office for the June 9th Primary- all absentee voting will be by mail. The Registrar's office will be staffed during this time and will respond to phone calls (540-462-3706), email (jyowell@lexingtonva.gov) and faxes (540-463-5310) on a daily basis. 

Governor Northam Postpones Upcoming May Elections in Response to COVID-19 - Full Press Release 

50 Ways Rockbridge: (from 50 Ways Rockbridge) A group of Rockbridge Area neighbors has set up a community help page. People can click the “GET HELP” and/or the “GIVE HELP” link and fill out a short form. The group will monitor the forms and try to match requests for help with offers of help. Whenever possible, the coordinators will match up those desiring help with existing governmental or non-profit helplines, such as the Rockbridge Area Relief Association. In addition, the group has started a Facebook group, Rockbridge Community Aid Covid-19, as an online place to share information and resources. Don’t forget the Community Resource List, available at from the 50 Ways Rockbridge website.

Blue Ridge CASA: CASA offices are closed, but they can be contacted at (540) 213-2272 and by email.
In-person pre-service training has been cancelled with hopes to launch the online version very soon. Continuing education in-person events are postponed. Advocate Managers will share a list of online resources for Advocates. More information can be found on their website and they also have a list of COVID-19 resources.

Courts: Supreme Court of Virginia Orders of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital: For information on Carilion Clinic's updates on COVID-19 visit the Carilion Clinic COVID-19 landing page.

Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber of Commerce staff is dedicated to serving members, and will continue to make connections virtually and, now, in person. If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit with them at the office, please feel free to email them. The Chamber of Commerce is working summer hours, which means the office will close at noon on Fridays. They have also created the COVID-19 Resource Hub on their website and will keep this page updated with links to government and small business resources, community and industry partner initiatives, and ways you can help those in need in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge. 

Department of Justice: In response to the increased threat of fraud, the formation of the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force has been announced. For more information, you can view the press release here.

Department of Motor Vehicles: Due to COVID-19, all Virginia DMV customer service centers are closed March 18, 2020 until further notice. Driver and vehicle credentials have been extended 60 days. For more information visit their website.

Department of Social Services: Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services (RADSS) will be closed to the public beginning March 20, 2020. RADSS will conduct any required interviews for Benefits via telephone and will accept verifications through USPS or electronically. Any verifications brought to the agency will need to be placed in the drop box located outside the main entrance. RADSS will provide access to paper forms outside the main entrance. If RADSS has any expedited SNAP or replacement EBT cards that need to be issued they will be mailing the EBT cards.  As for Family Services and Adult Services those programs will continue to function as required per policy until any other directive(s) comes from VDSS as to how those programs will continue to operate during this time. DSS now has an app for your phone for COVID-19 Virginia Resources!

The following are phone numbers to apply for benefits or to report CPS/APS:

  • To apply for SNAP, Medicaid and TANF: 1-855-635-4370
  • To apply for Medicaid only: 1-855-242-8282
  • To apply online: www.commonhelp.virginia.gov
  • Healthcare Market Place: 1-800-318-2596 or www.healthcare.gov
  • For EBT Replacement card: 1-866-281-2448
  • To report APS (Adult Protective Services): 888-832-3858
  • To report CPS (Child Protective Services): 800-552-7096

Dominion Energy: $1M EnergyShare Expansion Provides Bill Assistance Options for Small Businesses, Residential Customers

Health and Human Services (HHS)/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
COVID-19 Request for Civilian Volunteers: HHS/ASPR have volunteer positions available for disaster recovery. You can view the positions available along with FAQ's here.

Lexington Farmers Market: The Lexington Farmers Market has moved outdoors to McCrum's Parking Lot. Visit their Facebook page for more updates.

Lexington, Rockbridge and Buena Vista Tourism: (from Tourism) To protect the health of our communities, staff, and visitors, Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism Visitor Centers will be closed until further notice. The administrative office will continue regular weekday operations.

Main Street Lexington: Many of our wonderful businesses downtown are offering delivery and pick-up/curbside options. Visit the Main Street Lexington website to find links to their websites and updates.

Maury Express: The Maury Express transportation system will return to operation on June 10th, 2020, operating on a schedule that runs 8 am to 6pm Monday through Thursday. Per VDRPT guidelines, we can only transport three passengers at a time. Per executive order 63 (2020) of the commonwealth of Virginia. All patrons of public transportation shall be required to wear a face covering to use the services. This order will be in place for radar services effective 5/29/2020 at 0500 hours. Changes will be made to this order per the commonwealth of Virginia. If you have an underlying medical condition which prevents you from wearing a mask, please advise your operator of this and/or dispatcher when scheduling your trips so that it may be noted. You will not be denied service if you are (medically) unable to wear a mask.

For the safety of our operators and passengers, the operators will continue disinfecting and sanitizing the vehicles during their morning vehicle inspection, as well as spot cleaning throughout the day as time permits. We ask that passengers continue to help practice social distancing by spacing out on the vehicle.

Any changes to service level will be distributed by normal means (Facebook, tv, radio, etc.). We will continue to closely monitor the ongoing developments and safety information related to the coronavirus (covid-19).

For more information, please contact Joseph Baker, Director of Regional Transit, RADAR at (800) 964-5707 Ext. 125 or visit RADAR’s website – www.radartransit.org.

No Kid Hungry Virginia: No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to let parents know about emergency food distribution sites in their neighborhoods. Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find the nearest sites.

Project Horizon: For the safety of their staff, residents and clients, Project Horizon will not be accepting personal donations until June 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please call 540-463-7861 or message them on their Facebook page.

Rockbridge Area Health Center: RAHC now has a page on their website regarding operations during COVID-19.

Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization: RARO is now accepting Registration for our Fall Sports (Football, Soccer, Cheerleading, River Runners). The deadline to register is Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. There are multiple ways to register. You can register online through our website at www.rarorec.org. You can also download and print a form from our website and mail it in with the registration fee to our office at 300A White St. Lexington, VA 24450. If you do not have access to a printer you can also stop by our office and call 540-463-9525 and we will provide you with a form. You can place the registration in our drop box at the door. Our office is still currently closed to the public. We will re-open to the public as soon as we are given permission. 

Rockbridge Area Relief Association: RARA has information on their website regarding their operations during COVID-19

Rockbridge Area Transportation Services: RATS has moved to Dialysis only transports as well as any essential appointments needed. If you have any questions please call (540)463-3346 or email rats@rockbridge.net.

Rockbridge Feeds Hunger Coalition: Rockbridge Feeds has issued the following response to COVID-19.

Rockbridge Regional Library: All Rockbridge Regional Library System locations will open for curbside service Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Please return your library materials in the book drops at each of our five locations. Place your desired item(s) on hold via our website or call any of the libraries and speak to a staff member. Staff will retrieve item(s) when they are available and notify you for pick-up. During curbside service, we are unable to make copies, send faxes or accept donations of books or other materials at this time. Our digital library is available 24/7!  

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board: The SVWDB has received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Additional information can be found at Virginia Rapid Response COVID-19 Small Business Support Initiative.

SVWDB to Award Small Business Layoff Diversion Grants Press Release

Social Security Administration: The Social Security Administration has issued the following response to COVID-19. 

Stay Home Virginia: Federal and state protections are now in place to help renters and homeowners unable to make their monthly payments due to COVID-19. Visit Stay Home Virginia for resources available for property owners, developers and the homeless.

The Community Table: The Community Table has temporarily closed for meal service starting Monday, March 16, 2020.  The board of directors will be closely monitoring the situation and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. 

United Way of Rockbridge: The United Way of Rockbridge encourages and reminds all local non-profits to register with 211Virginia. This is especially important if you are an agency providing services that are critical to supporting the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to www.211virginia.org and register your agency. On the home page in the upper right corner click on 'Update/Add Your Agency' then follow the instructions for registration. For individuals, this resource is helpful to you during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. 211VIRGINIA is available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Valley Program for Aging Services: VPAS has issued the following  response  to COVID-19. They also have a landing page for COVID-19 on their website. 

YMCA: The YMCA has reopened! The YMCA recognizes how important it will be to follow current health guidelines and implement new practices to ensure a healthy and safe environment.There are new cleaning routines, signage to assist with social distancing, and limited activities where social distancing or guidance tells us is not safe yet.
 
Upon reopening, we will have slight adjustments to facility hours:

Monday - Thursday: 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For more information visit the YMCA website

Helpful Links

COVID-19 Precaution Recommendations

  • Wash your hands with an antiviral soap. Vigorously rub your hands together for a minimum of 20 seconds, and do not omit your fingertips and nails.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid near contact with persons that present with flu-like symptoms, this is to include limiting your contact with others if you are ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Keep your clothing clean. If suspected contact with an ill person, change your clothing and launder the clothing ASAP.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If no tissue is available, contain the sneeze or cough with your upper arm, not with your hands.
  • Decontaminate equipment and surfaces using an antiviral / antibacterial cleaning solution.
  • Employees should not report to work if they present with viral symptoms.
  • If you are ill, stay at home. Contact your primary care physician for treatment courses and advice. Do not go to a hospital unless absolutely necessary or so advised by your physician.

Informational Posters

10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Problems at Home

10 Maneras de Manejar Los Síntomas Respiratorios en Casa

Applicant Quick Guide for Completing and Submitting the COVID-19 Streamlined Project Application

Applicant Quick Guide for the COVID-19 Process Overview

Caring for Patients with COVID-19

COVID-19 FAQ Guide

COVID-19 Financial Preparedness Guidance

COVID-19: What You Need to Know (Flyer)

COVID-19: Lo Que Necesita Saber (Flyer)

COVID-19: What You Need to Know (Half-Sheet)

COVID-19: Lo Que Necesita Saber (Half-Sheet)

COVID-19 Workplace, School, Home and Commercial Establishment Guidance Posters

Get Your Clinic Ready for COVID-19

Keeping Patients on Dialysis Safe

Persons Experiencing Homelessness: How to Help Take Care of Someone Who is Sick

Persons Experiencing Homelessness: Social Distancing

Persons Experiencing Homelessness: Symptoms

Persons Experiencing Homelessness: What Do When Sick

Submitting a Public Assistance Funding Request for COVID-19

VDH Hand Washing Poster

What You Can do if You are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19

Press Releases

July 2, 2020 - COVID-19, Regional Emergency Declaration Press Release, 07-02-20

March 20, 2020 - VDH Confirms First COVID-19 Case in Rockbridge Area

March 17, 2020 - COVID-19, Regional Emergency Declaration Press Release, 03-17-20

March 14, 2020 -  Press Release for Rockbridge Regional response to COVID-19

March 10, 2020 - For immediate release – COVID-19 – Potential Impacts for Rockbridge County and the Cities of Buena Vista and Lexington

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