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Surry County COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 27, 2020 at 9:38 am


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 




PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 25, 2020 at 7:11 am


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 24, 2020 at 1:55 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be prescreened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet prescreening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 




 


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be prescreened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet prescreening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 21, 2020 at 11:40 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 20, 2020 at 11:40 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be pre-screened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet pre-screening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

 

Crater Health District       

COVID19 TESTING

Surry County Emergency Management has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District and the Virginia Army National Guard to offer COVID19 testing. Please see the information below that has been provided by the Crater Health District.

Petersburg, VA – The Crater Health District is continuing COVID-19 community testing throughout the district during the week of May 23-30. Seven testing events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 23 PETERSBURG- Petersburg Sports Complex 100 Ballpark Road, Petersburg
  • Sunday, May 24, PRINCE GEORGE - JEJ Moore School 11455 Prince George Drive, Disputanta
  • Tuesday, May 26, DINWIDDIE – Sports Complex - 5850 R. B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland
  • Wednesday, May 27, SUSSEX - Sussex Middle School 21356 Sussex Drive, Stony Creek
  • Thursday, May 28, SURRY - Recreation Center 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry
  • Friday, May 29, EMPORIA /GREENSVILLE - Washington Park, 750 Dry Bread Road, Emporia
  • Saturday, May 30, HOPEWELL - Hopewell High School, 400 South Mesa Drive, Hopewell

Testing will be conducted by appointment to facilitate safety and social distancing. To register, call the Crater Health District hotline starting four days prior to each test event date at 804.863.1652 option 1.

Testing is for persons age 5 and older who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, who are pregnant, have underlying medical conditions that put them at risk, are age 65 and older or work in a congregate setting.

In order to be prescreened for testing, you must call 804.863.1652 option 1 in advance for a screening interview. Those that meet prescreening requirements for testing will receive an appointment time. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell.

 


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 29, 2020 at 12:33pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

Continue to Practice Social Distancing and Use of Cloth Face Coverings


Surry County Chief of Emergency Management wants to reiterate to our citizens the importance of continuing to do our part to prevent the spread Coronavirus by following social distancing rules and wearing cloth masks.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

 Surry citizens can email Surry County Emergency Management with any questions they may have in regards to COVID 19. The email address is covid19@surrycountyva.gov


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendation

Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings


CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 4, 2020 at 9:08 am


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

Crater Health District Update

 

 

The Crater Health District has confirmed that Surry County now has 3 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. There is a high likelihood that the spread will continue throughout our region; however, we all need to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. Stay at home as much as possible, create social distancing, wash your hands often and take preventative measures in preventing the spread.


For further updates on the rate of spread throughout our county, region and state please access this link http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ .



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 31, 2020 at 2:22 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

 

Supreme Court Order

Re: Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to Covid-19 Emergency

Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously ORDER that the declaration of judicial emergency be in effect and continue beginning April 6 through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth. The courts and clerks’ offices shall remain operational and provide services required by law while, at the same time, maintaining protections for the health and safety of court users and personnel.  See full order Supreme Court Orders



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 31, 2020 at 1:13 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact:  Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management,  rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

March 20, 2020 - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issues stay at home order due to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided by Executive Order 55 . To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers.

All public and private in-person gatherings of more than ten individuals are prohibited. This includes parties, celebrations, religious, or other social events, whether they occur indoor or outdoor.


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact: Ray Phelps, Chief of Emergency Management, rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

We received notice from the Crater Health District (CHD) of the first person confirmed positive for COVID-19 case in Surry County. A female in her 70’s with a Surry County address is seeking hospital care. The CHD is beginning its evaluation of the case and their potential contact investigation process. Any individuals at high risk of having being exposed to COVID-19 through contact with this person will be contacted by the health department as part of the contact investigation process.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Practice social distancing – maintain a 6-foot separation between you and others as much as possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use at least 60% alcohol hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (e.g. at home or in a health care facility).


If you think you may have COVID-19: CALL your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Stay HOME except for getting medical care.


If you have questions about COVID-19 or what actions you should take, visit the VDH (www.vdh.virginia.gov) or Center for Disease Control (CDC) (www.cdc.gov) websites. The VDH also has an information hotline (877-ASK-VDH3) that you can call to get answers to your COVID-19 questions.



PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 26, 2020 at 12:56 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact: Ray Phelps rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer



ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CONTINUED CLOSURE

Consistent with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, Surry Acting County Administrator, announced that County facilities and buildings would remain closed until further notice and applicable County staff would continue to work as much as possible remotely to continue operations of the County including but not limited to checking and responding to emails and phone calls.

Order Fifty-Three, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. Governor Northam is also urging all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel outside the home, if and when possible.

County residents and businesses can stay up-to-date on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic using the following resources:

Helpful links and resources:

Surry County Virginia Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19 Updates)

The Commonwealth of Virginia - https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

Governor of Virginia Executive Order Fifty Three Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) – Coronavirus COVID-19

Virginia Department of Health Crater Health District: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/crater/

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Coronavirus COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus COVID-19

Please note operations of the following departments:

Trash Removal: All Solid Waste & Recycling Centers will continue to operate as scheduled until further notice.

Courts: The Surry County Circuit will remain open with normal operating hours until further notice. Please contact 757-294-3161; the District Court is open for emergencies only; please contact 757-294-5201 or 757-294-5302.

Voting: Please see the announcement from the Voter Registrar.

Building Inspections: Inspections will occur on a limited schedule until further notice; request for inspections can be left on the building department’s voicemail as normal and they will be checked daily.

Animal Shelter: The shelter is closed for adoptions, owner surrenders and request for traps; however, Staff will continue to pick up animals that are running at large.

A Message from the Blackwater Regional Library: The library is closed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 virus threat. We will re-evaluate weekly to determine when the library will reopen. Staff who are able, will telework throughout the closure. As always, our online resources are available to patrons through our website www.blackwaterlib.org and there are also free resources available for students; supplied from library vendors Midamerica Books, Scholastic and Audible Patrons may continue returning materials to book drops until further notice.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact: Ray Phelps rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

Business Operations

 

Surry County is taking a proactive stance in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. All Surry County Government buildings will be closed to the public starting Monday March 16, 2020 for a period of two weeks with the intention of reopening on March 30, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience during this troublesome time; however, your safety is of the utmost importance to us.


All employees are to report for normal business operations on March 16, 2020.


 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 13, 2020 at 5:51pm


Surry County Department of Emergency Management

Contact: Ray Phelps rphelps@surrycountyva.gov (757)294-5205

LaSonya White, Surry County Public Information Officer

 

Coronavirus/COVID-19

 

Surry County Department of Emergency Management is diligently working with multiple County agencies as well as the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Governor’s Office in ensuring that our citizens are well informed of the precautions needed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Surry County has had no report of or testing of individuals in regards to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.


Surry County could be faced with condition which could have adverse effects to our citizens; therefore, a decision was made to declare a local emergency. The declaration was declared to allow Surry County the ability to seek reimbursement of expenses associated with the emergency should a set threshold be met.


Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency on March 12, 2020 and ordered all Virginia K-12 schools closed for a minimum of two weeks starting Monday March 16, 2020. The actions Surry County has taken and will be taking are a direct reflection of the actions that are being taken throughout our region. Please continue to access the Surry County website and face book page for up to date information.

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