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SOUTHSIDE HEALTH DISTRICT CONFIRMS CASE OF COVID-19 IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY
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DECLARATION LOCAL EMERGENCY

The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors has declared Brunswick County to be in the state of a Local Emergency. Read the full declaration here.

LETTER TO BRUNSWICK COUNTY CITIZENS, BUSINESS, AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS

In a letter addressed to Brunswick County citizens, businesses, and religious leaders, Dr. Barbara Jarrett Harris, Board Chair,  says, "As a nation, we are faced with a crisis that we have never encountered before, the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)...The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors' top priority is to implement effective strategies to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to enhance the safety and well-being of citizens and employees." Read the full letter here.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) RESOURCES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have many resources available for citizens to learn more about the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Please visit these main sites for the most up-to-date information: 

BRUNSWICK COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY ASSISTANCT
The County of Brunswick plans to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds up to $550,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and community Development for the Brunswick County Small Business Recovery Assistance Fund (SBRAF). Through the Brunswick County SBRAF, the County will help businesses meet their long-term business goals by adjusting to COVID-19 demands. Establishing safe and clean re-opening procedures, in accordance with the Governor’s guidance, is necessary for the safety of customers and employees. It will allow businesses to regain and sustain operations, ideally helping them retain existing staff, fill vacant positions, create new jobs, and become more efficient and resilient. Grant assistance to small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 will be offered in the form of space and technology upgrades, sanitation supplies, job training/technical assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance. The maximum grant award to a business will be $10,000.00. Please review the Fact Sheet for more information. Businesses are also encouraged to submit an interest form here.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY LOAN APPLICATION

Small businesses located in Halifax, Mecklenburg or Brunswick County that were in operation by February 15, 2020 are potentially eligible for a loan. This Loan Fund is strictly in response to business owners adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Funds must be used to relieve and reduce unemployment, assist with job retention, and/or assist with working capital needs necessary to sustain businesses through the pandemic.

Flyer: COVID-19 Emergency Loan Flyer
Application (Word): COVID-19 Application

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (VDH) NEWS RELEASE - APRIL 2, 2020
COVID-19 is Widespread, Precautions Provide the Best Protection

(DANVILLE, Virginia) -- The Virginia Department of Health now reports widespread community transmission of COVID-19. This means that COVID-19 is spreading in communities across Virginia, and as additional cases are identified each day, we are reminded that everyone can and should practice personal precautions to help stop the spread.

"All Virginians should stay home and practice social distancing," urges Scott Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director, Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. "If you have to go out for critical things like grocery shopping or medical care, stay at least six feet away from others. And wash your hands and surfaces often. These personal precautions apply to all of us, wherever we are"

"Now that COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and cases are confirmed in every health district in Virginia, it is increasingly urgent to practice these precautions," Dr. Spillmann continued. "This is the most effective way to protect yourself, those around you and those that will be around you tomorrow and in the days to come. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is everywhere, and we should all understand there is no safe place; there is only safe behavior."

Older adults, especially those 65 and older, and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19. Stay home and avoid close contact with people who are sick. "Even if you’re not at high risk for COVID-19, you can do your part to stop the spread by staying home and practicing social distancing," said Dr. Spillmann.

There is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop symptoms or before their symptoms start. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that people are most contagious when they have symptoms. Everyone should limit their exposure by staying home.

Most people with COVID-19 develop mild illness and can isolate at home. The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other common symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite and muscle or body aches. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have all symptoms, and a fever might not be present.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, stay home, rest and separate yourself from other people in the home as much as possible. Most people will develop mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that will get better without medical help. By staying home, you reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 to others, including healthcare workers who are needed to care for the more seriously ill. If you require medical attention, call ahead.

Not every person who has been exposed to COVID-19 needs to be tested. In most instances, a positive test would not change what a doctor tells you to do to get better.

Avoid public spaces, public activities and group gatherings. If you must use public transportation, such as buses, trains, taxis or ride shares, maintain as much distance as possible from others, avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands when you arrive at your destination (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.)

Do your part to STOP the spread by taking everyday precautions, including staying at home as much as possible, avoiding close contact with others, covering your coughs and sneezes and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

Individuals, communities, businesses and healthcare organizations all play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

DECEMBER 10, 2020 NEWS RELEASE

Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.

“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” said Governor Northam. “We already have strong public health measures in place, and with these additional steps, we can turn this around. Virginians, if you don’t have to be out, stay at home. Whenever we are around other people, we all need to wear a mask, indoors and out.”

“These are common-sense things we can all do to take care of each other and stay safe. This is not about getting people in trouble—this is about everyone doing their part and reducing opportunities for people to get sick.”

The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:
• Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.
• Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
• Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.
• Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
• Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.

While Virginia’s new cases per capita remain lower than 43 other states, all of the Commonwealth’s five health regions are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations. Virginia is currently averaging more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. Statewide test positivity rate is at 11 percent, an increase from 7 percent approximately one month ago. More than 2,000 Virginians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide, an increase of over 80 percent in the last four weeks.