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COVID-19 Updates


Vaccine Information:

April 29, 2021 Vaccinate Virginia Virtual Town Hall: Facebook | Youtube


VDH Fact Sheet: Development | VDH Fact Sheet: Safety

City of Lexington Mask Wearing Directive

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

From the Mayor

Press Releases 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. 

City Functions:

  • Lexington City Council: Beginning at their June 17, 2021 regular City Council meeting, City Council will return to in-person meetings at Lylburn Downing Middle School (302 Diamond Street) at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday's of every month.
  • Lexington City Architectural Review Board, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Threshold Housing Board: 

Effective June 17, 2021: Architectural Review Board will begin having their regular meetings in-person in the First Floor Community Meeting Room of City Hall at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday's of every month.
Effective July 8, 2021:
Planning Commission will begin having their regular meetings in-person in the First Floor Community Meeting Room of City Hall at 5:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday's of every month.
Per Governor Northam's Executive Order 72, All individuals in the Commonwealth who have been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus are not required to wear a mask. 

  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 Kate Beard kbeard@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 not vaccinated.  If you do not have a mask with you, you may take one within City Hall, as you enter.
  • Lexington Fire Department: The LFD has placed a prohibition on public visits to the fire station until further notice. 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 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. 

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 COVID-19 resources

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

Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital

Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Hub 

Department of Justice

Department of Motor Vehicles

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

Lexington, Rockbridge and Buena Vista Tourism 

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. 

Rockbridge Area Health Center 

Rockbridge Area Relief Association

Rockbridge Area Transportation Services

Rockbridge Feeds

Social Security Administration 

Stay Home Virginia

The Community Table

United Way of Rockbridge

Valley Program for Aging Services 


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