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Chamber COVID-19 Resources

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is offering this page as a health and economic resource guide during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please check back often as we plan to update the page frequently.

UPDATED 4/12/21 10:11 am

The Chamber encourages you to continue to support our members as you can during this difficult time.  Our full business directory has member contact information for you to learn more.

The 2020 Maple Festival was cancelled.  In the aftermath, participating vendors provided the Chamber with contact information for customers to reach out with support.  With the cancellation of the 2021 Maple Festival as well, we have decided to leave this connector page up until further notice.  Any support you can show these talented Arts & Crafts, Food and Information Booth Vendors is greatly appreciated, as they play a critical role in making the Maple Festival a success.  Thank you!
See our 2020 Maple Festival Connector page by clicking here.

Reopening Resources

Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

2/17/21 Governor Ralph Northam invited Virginians to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online at or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA. The Commonwealth’s new, centralized system allows individuals to easily pre-register for the free vaccine, confirm that they are on the wait list, and learn more about Virginia’s vaccination program.

“Virginians have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, and these new tools will help them get answers, get pre-registered, and most importantly, get vaccinated,” said Governor Northam“While our vaccine supply remains limited, we are doing everything we can to acquire more doses and put shots into the arms of eligible individuals in a safe, efficient, and equitable manner. I thank everyone for staying patient and continuing to follow public health guidance so we can mitigate the spread of this dangerous virus.”

For the full press release, please visit:

1/11/21 From the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Assocation (VRLTA): VDH has launched a new website where individuals can get more information and sign up for alerts based on their occupation, age, medical history, etc. This website is available BY CLICKING HERE.  VRLTA is encouraging you to sign up now to get updates and help VDH plan for vaccination efforts.

1/7/21 COVID-19 INFORMATION UPDATE from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce:

This week, Governor Northam provided his first COVID-19 pandemic update of 2021. The health crisis remains critical with cases at the highest point since the first reported case in March 2020. According to statistical modeling conducted by the University of Virginia, cases will continue to rise through Valentine’s Day.

Broad immunization will be the key to getting Virginia past this pandemic. According to Governor Northam:
• Virginia needs a total of 17 million doses of the vaccine; that amount covers all 8.5 million Virginians, with two doses each.
• The current short-term goal for Virginia is to vaccinate 25,000 people per day, with a longer-term goal of 50,000 vaccinations.

Northam also announced his plan for prioritizing the administration of vaccines. Developed with recommendations from the CDC, the priority 1 group includes three categories (A, B and C) which includes health care professionals, long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities. Also included are essential workers who are at high risk of exposure or work in occupations that do not allow them to work from home. This includes firefighters, police officers, teachers and childcare workers, bus drivers, grocery workers, and mail carriers. Individuals aged 75 years first, and then 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems are also included. The priority groups account for approximately 4.2 million Virginians. The priority groups can be found on the VDH website at:

The Governor encouraged Virginians to get the vaccine and noted thousands of providers have registered with the CDC and over one hundred pharmacies have entered into agreements to administer the vaccine.

The Governor announced the appointment of Dr. Danny Avula to lead the vaccination effort in Virginia. Dr. Avula will be coordinating efforts between local health departments, private providers, key state personnel, and hospitals. The National Guard will also be tasked with coordinating logistics and administering the vaccine.


State and National Resources on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website:

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Website:

Press releases from the Virginia Governor, including the March 30th Statewide Stay at Home Order, in place until June 10, 2020 unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order:

Highland County, Virginia Resources on COVID-19

January 13, 2021 Update from The Highland Medical Center:

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Updates from the Highland Medical Center:

Economic Relief and Opportunities

3/31/21 From ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership:

PPP Extended

Yesterday, President Biden signed into law the two-month extension to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. As a refresher, the legislation extends PPP through May 31 and allows 501(c)(6) organizations and others more time to pursue a second PPP loan. Further, if eligible organizations apply by May 31, the Small Business Administration will permit lenders an additional 30 days to process and approve any outstanding applications.

Eligibility criteria for a second PPP loan are as follows:

  • The applicant received a first PPP loan and will or has used the loan only for authorized uses;
  • The applicant employs no more than 300 people; and
  • The applicant can demonstrate at least a 25-percent reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The maximum loan amount of a second PPP loan is two-and-a-half times the average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs, up to $2 million.


Full details about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program are available at

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce continues to look for solutions to get through these uncertain times.  We are reaching out to local, state and national government officials and organizations to locate resources to help alleviate financial strain.  We will update this page as we know more.  If you have suggestions or feedback, please email  Thank you.

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