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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

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: Governor Northam  Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order - Full Press Release

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.

Lexington City Council: City Council did not hold its March 19, 2020 meeting. All items on the March 19, 2020 agenda will be moved to April 2, 2020 agenda.

Due to COVID-19, we are taking actions to minimize attendance at City Council meetings. 

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.

Additionally, the Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission and Threshold Housing Commission will not hold any meetings throughout the remainder of the month.

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 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 7:00 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. 

Lexington City Schools: Lexington City Schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. Our school division leaders will be working to develop a plan to continue at-home learning experiences for all students taking direction from the Virginia Department of Education. Please look for announcements regarding our next steps soon. In the meantime, we will continue to share resources for students and families, and we will continue our meals distribution at Lylburn Downing Middle SchoolPlease continue to refer to our Facebook page and division website. LCS Superintendent Walters released the following statement on March 23, 2020.

Rockbridge County Public Schools: RCPS will be closed for two weeks from March 16-March 27. They have a landing page on their website for more information for RCPS families.

Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks

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: Monday, March 16, 2020 through Monday, April 6, 2020, non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption. This includes a prohibition on new eviction cases for tenants who are unable to pay rent as a result of COVID-19. All non-exempted court deadlines are tolled and extended for a period of 21 days.

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 remains open to faculty, staff and students only Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m. through April 3, 2020. Any changes to this schedule will be shared by March 30, 2020.

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 April 2, 2020. 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.

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

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 Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 31, at which time hours of operations will be re-evaluated. 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: RADAR Transit will continue to closely monitor the ongoing developments and safety information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, they plan to continue normal operations until further notice. Any changes to service level will be distributed by normal means (Facebook, TV, Radio, etc.). RADAR Transit operators will continue disinfecting and sanitizing the vehicles during their morning vehicle inspection and in the evening when returning vehicles. Spot cleaning will occur throughout the day as time permits. 

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 May 1, 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. RARO will continue registering for Rookie League Baseball for ages 7-8 and Tee-Ball ages 5-6 this entire week. Registration ends Friday at 5:00 p.m. 

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: Rockbridge Regional Library has issued the following response to COVID-19.

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. ⁣

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.

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:

VDH Hand Washing Poster

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

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