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COVID-19 Updates

For regular updates from the City of Lexington Regarding COVID-19 visit: https://cityoflexupdates.wordpress.com/ 

City of Lexington Changes

City of Lexington Mask Wearing Directive

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. 

Cloth Face Covers: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

Lexington City Commissioner of the Revenue: Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 the Commissioner of Revenue's office will operate Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This will be in effect until May 31, 2020.

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: In response to the COVID-19 public health threat, Lexington City offices will be closed to the public until further notice, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Staff will remain at their stations as possible, but will be conducting business by phone, internet and US mail. Residents are asked to send payment by US mail whenever possible. 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 COVID-19 Interim Park Regulations: Park green spaces and trails, as applicable, are open to the public at present.  All patrons are advised to practice common sense social distancing etiquette. In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, park play equipment, courts and amenities, such as benches, picnic tables/ pavilions, and restrooms, are closed to the public until further notice.

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: Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the City outdoor pool is currently not scheduled to open for the 2020 season. The safety of our public is our upmost priority and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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

Lexington City Schools: Lexington City Schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. LCS Superintendent Walters released the following statement on March 30, 2020. 

Student belongings and learning materials may be picked up at your child's school this week on Monday-Wednesday (April 13-15, 2020) between the hours of 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Please plan to drive through the regular school traffic line and open the back of your vehicle. Staff members will bring your student's belongings to your car and load them for you.  

Also, our meals services program will start up again today and will run Mondays/Wednesdays between the hours of 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at LDMS.  

The At-Home Learning Plan for Lexington City Schools was launched this weekend at www.lexedu.org.  Please visit this page to access your student's learning plans and resources.  If you have any questions, please contact your school's main office.  Have a great week, and stay safe! Please continue to refer to our Facebook page and division website

Rockbridge County Public Schools: RCPS will be closed for the remainder of the academic year.. They have a landing page on their website for more information for RCPS families. 

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 Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
  • Buena Vista: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all General District Court and Juvenile & Domestic Court is cancelled until after April 6, 2020, except video arraignments/bonds and emergency hearings. All parties will receive notices with the new hearing date. If your address has changed please call the court at 540-264-2163. DO NOT APPEAR if you are experiencing any cold/flu like symptoms. Please limit the number of persons attending court with you to only those that are absolutely necessary. The Court will have a liberal continuance policy if you are ill. Call the court for rescheduling at 540- 264-2163. If no answer, please leave a message speaking clearly to include your name and phone number. 
  • Lexington-Rockbridge General District Juvenile & Domestic Relations

Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital: Carilion has issued the following response in regards to COVID-19 and visitation changes as of March 19, 2020.They are also asking for donations of PPE and Medical Equipment supplies - for more information, visit their website. To view more information on Carilion Clinic's updates on COVID-19 visit the Carilion Clinic COVID-19 landing page.

Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber of Commerce office will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Staff and board leaders will continue to work and can be reached via phone or email. 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.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College: DSLCC will hold all classes virtually or through alternative delivery.

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

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: As a provider of public transportation, our primary concern is the health of our operators, staff, passengers and neighborhoods we serve. After careful consideration The Maury Express transportation system will shut down beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2020. It is expected that the shutdown will last the duration of the Executive Order, currently with an end date of June 10, 2020.

Our 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). The route schedule is posted on RADAR’s website – www.radartransit.org. For more information, please contact Joseph Baker, Director of Regional Transit, RADAR at (800) 964-5707 Ext. 125.

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: All RARO activities will be cancelled until further notice. RARO will closely monitor recommendations and policies regarding our local school systems and will make sure to get the word out if and when things change.

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.

Southern Virginia University: SVU suspended face-to-face classroom meetings March 12, 2020 and migrated all classes online to enable students to complete all credits for the current semester. In parallel, the University will begin taking steps to suspend normal campus operations by March 31. ⁣

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.

Virginia Military InstituteVMI has cancelled all on-Post academic instruction. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, classes will move to distance learning environment and will continue until at least Friday, April 17, 2020.

Washington and Lee University: W&L will suspend in-person classes immediately, and transition to virtual instruction for both undergraduate divisions and the School of Law for the remainder of the current term. After a two-week recess, classes will resume remotely on March 30 and continue through April 24.

YMCA: The YMCA has closed all of its Blue Ridge locations and is posting updates to their website. The Rockbridge Area YMCA will provide emergency childcare to health care workers and first responders in the Lexington, Rockbridge, and Buena Vista area in the upcoming days. For more information you can view the press release and flyer.

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

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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