COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
From the moment it arrived in the country, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on every level of society. Citizens have had to keep track of changing regulations and updated information and health guidance to best protect themselves and locate the resources they need.
Despite the uncertainty and guidelines, Pittsylvania County has continued to offer the same level of quality service to its citizen. With a local state of emergency in place to facilitate funding and CARES Act money from the federal government that has allowed us to serve our citizens and bolster many elements of our infrastructure and government, we are using our resources to ensure that our residents and businesses remain safe and have what they need.
Here is some useful information for Pittsylvania County residents.
After essentially all public events were shut down for several months during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Phase Three of reopening Virginia began in July. Under Phase Three,
- Restaurants and retail businesses can open at 100% capacity if they ensure social distancing and enforce mask-wearing
- Entertainment venues can open at 50% capacity, while exercise facilities can open at 75%
- In-person gatherings are limited to 250 people
- Masks are required in restaurants, businesses, and other indoor public places
- Businesses should allow and encourage telework whenever possible
Even as businesses and restaurants are open and people venture out more, it is essential that we all continue to maintain social distancing and wear masks to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.
Whether you are a business or a citizen, there are a wide range of resources available for those who need help during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the resources available for our citizens and businesses.
COVID Cases in the Area
Interested in keeping up with how COVID-19 is spreading in Pittsylvania County and the surrounding communities? The Virginia Department of Health provides daily updates on the number of reported cases, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, and how many people have died from the respiratory illness.
Downloading Virginia’s COVIDWISE Exposure notifications app will help you protect yourself and your community without compromising your privacy. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), this app notifies users that have been potentially exposed to COVID-19, helping keep the community safe.
If your business is struggling to make ends meet or has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, there are plenty of resources available for you. Please check out the following sites to learn more about the many resources on the local, state, and federal levels that are available to area businesses.
Small Business Assistance Grants
Pittsylvania County recently received a $330,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for a small business assistance program. As many as 20 local businesses will receive up to $15,000 for past and future expenses, including rent and mortgage assistance, payroll, and the purchase of supplies and personal protection equipment. The application is still being developed and will be announced in the near future.
What Can you Do?
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your community, there are many simple steps you can take, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Those include:
- Practice Social Distancing
- Wear a Mask
- Wash Your Hands Often and Well
- Stay Home if You’re sick