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2020 Chamber COVID-19 Resources

With the unfortunate postponement of the 62nd Annual Highland County Maple Festival until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Highland County Chamber of Commerce is offering this page as a health and economic resource guide.  Please check back often as we plan to update the page frequently.

UPDATED 11/23/20 10:39 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.

Not having the Maple Festival in March has put economic stress on the community.  The Chamber has reached out to members to see if they have surplus items they are looking to sell. We have compiled this additional list here.

The Chamber is excited to announce a new page on our website that connects you directly with participating 2020 Maple Festival Vendors.  In the aftermath of having many events like the Maple Festival postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, any support you can show these vendors is greatly appreciated.  Please share and provide help as you can to our talented and amazing Arts & Crafts, Food and Information Booth Vendors who are a critical role in making the Maple Festival a success each year.  Thank you!  See our 2020 Maple Festival Connector page.

Reopening Resources

FULL EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE:

 

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19

Includes limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement

RICHMOND—As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.

“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”

Governor Northam shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here.

The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is 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. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

Virginia is averaging 1,500 newly-reported COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. While Southwest Virginia has experienced a spike in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, all five of the Commonwealth’s health regions are currently reporting a positivity rate over five percent. Although hospital capacity remains stable, hospitalizations have increased statewide by more than 35 percent in the last four weeks.

On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced new contracts with three laboratories as part of the Commonwealth’s OneLabNetwork, which will significantly increase Virginia’s public health testing capacity. Contracts with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk will directly support high-priority outbreak investigations, community testing events, and testing in congregate settings, with a goal of being able to perform 7,000 per day by the end of the year.

The full text of amended Executive Order Sixty-Three and Order of Public Health Emergency Five and sixth amended Executive Order Sixty-Seven and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven will be made available here.

For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

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State and National Resources on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

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: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/

Highland County, Virginia Resources on COVID-19

The Highland Helpline number is no longer active as of September 1, 2020.

Updates from the Highland Medical Center: https://www.facebook.com/HighlandMedicalCenter/

Economic Relief

If you’re a Highland County Resident and COVID-19 has financially impacted your ability to pay rent, mortgage or utilities, check out this announcement from the Highland County Department of Social Services.  FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXHAUSTED OR BY DECEMBER 31, 2020!  Please call the Highland County Department of Social Services at 540-468-2199 for more information!

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 director@highlandcounty.org.  Thank you.

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