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15 December 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

The latest updates as COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation and throughout Virginia.

Last updated 12/15/20 at 9:19 a.m.

Cases in the Lord Fairfax Health District: 8,287

  • Clarke County: 287 (4 deaths)
  • Frederick County: 2,995 (23 deaths)
  • Page County: 782 (33 deaths)
  • Shenandoah County: 1,773 (68 deaths)
  • Warren County: 1,096 (31 deaths)
  • City of Winchester: 1,354 (6 deaths)

Cases in Virginia: 288,309 as reported by the Virginia Department of Health. 3,754,756 people have been PCR tested. More details and an interactive map can be found here.  There have been 4,470 COVID-19-related deaths as reported by the Virginia Department of Health.

On Dec. 10, Gov. Northam announced new statewide measures to contain COVID-19.

The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 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.

Gov. Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virginia. Read the statement here.

  • Christendom College: Outlined return plan for the fall semester. Read the plan here. 
  • Lord Fairfax Community College: Most classes online for fall semester.
  • Randolph-Macon Academy: Fully opening for fall semester. Read more about the reopening plan here. 
  • Valley Health: Updates and resources can be found here. 
    • Valley Health has implemented three services to streamline access to safe and timely COVID-19-related outpatient care:
      • A COVID-19 Respiratory Care Phone Line (540-536-0380, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
      • Telehealth visits with providers (more information can be found here)
      • A new Respiratory Care Clinic for patients requiring chest x-rays and other physical exams following a telehealth visit
  • Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail:  Has implemented a remote visitation system. In-person visits are still suspended. More information can be found here.
  • Top of Virginia Regional Chamber: Offering in-person and virtual events. Check their calendar for details. 
  • Samuels Public Library: Library has reopened with restrictions. Offering curbside services. Most programs have moved online. Access their online resources here.
  • Handley Regional Library System: Libraries have opened with restrictions. Outside book returns are OPEN. Curbside pickup is available. The Spring Used Book Sale has been canceled. Read the full statement and access online resources here. 
  • Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum: Open with restrictions.  Activities and events are available online. Updates will be posted to their website. 
  • Youth Development Center: Most activities and events have moved online. Check out their website for updates and upcoming programs. 
  • Shenandoah National Park: Has entered into Phase Two of reopening. For important information about what’s open and what’s closed and what you need to know, click here. 
  • St. Luke Community Clinic: Asking those who have COVID-19 symptoms to please call the Virginia Department of Health.
  • United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Has launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund to address the emerging needs presented by the impact from COVID-19. More information here. 
  • Blandy Experimental Farm & State Arboretum of Virginia: Arboretum grounds are open.

Stay informed: CDC,  VHDWHO

Practice preventative care: prevention (CDC)

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