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2 April 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 4/9/20 at 9:18 a.m.

Cases in the Lord Fairfax Health District: 102

  • Frederick County: 54
  • Shenandoah County: 15
  • City of Winchester: 16
  • Warren County: 9
  • Page County: 3
  • Clarke County: 5

Cases in Virginia: 4,042 as reported by the Virginia Department of Health. 33,026 people have been tested. More details and an interactive map can be found here. 

There have been 109 deaths as reported by the Virginia Department of Health.

Gov. Northam announced Virginia has received a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Government as well as Title 32 funding to support the Virginia National Guard. Full release can be found here. 

Gov. Northam has issued a Stay at Home order for all Virginians. Under this order, everyone in Virginia must remain in their place of residence unless they must go out for food, supplies, work, medical care or to get fresh air or exercise. Executive Order Fifty-Five goes into effect March 30 and will remain in place until June 10, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order. 

Gov. Northam introduced Executive Order Fifty-Three, which orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year. The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24 and will remain in place until Thursday, April 23.

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

  • Shenandoah University: All classes and coursework will be held online until the end of the semester. All spring events have been indefinitely suspended or postponed. Summer 2020 classes and programs have not yet been moved to online, but the university is making preparations to do so if needed. The university is adopting a pass/no credit grading policy for the spring 2020 academic semester. Students can expect communication regarding upcoming events and activities, graduation and summer courses by April 13. Access SU’s COVID-19 update page here. 

 

  • Christendom College: The college will be continuing online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. The college has also postponed commencement and closed all residence halls.  Read the full statement here. 

 

  • Lord Fairfax Community College: Classes will remain online for the duration of the spring semester. Students will receive a pass/no pass grade unless they request a letter grade. The college is planning for summer classes to also all be online. LFCC Workforce Solutions classes are being rescheduled or moved online. Further details and a full statement is available here. 

 

  • Randolph-Macon Academy: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Students have been asked to depart from campus as of March 13.  A full-time schedule of online classes is running. The campus is closed to visitors. Access their COVID-19 update page here. 

 

  • Shenandoah County Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Read the district’s updated statement here. 
    • Food distribution has been expanded to include both an SCPS-provided lunch and breakfast. Meals may be picked up at the loading docks adjacent to the cafeterias Monday-Friday between 11am – 1pm at Signal Knob Middle School, North Fork Middle School, and Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. Signage will direct patrons to the pickup location. Meals may be picked up at any of the three sites and a student no longer needs to be present.Food for the weekend(s) will be distributed by Luke’s Backpack on Fridays at each of the middle school pickup sites. Luke’s Backpack food will be handed out adjacent to the loading dock at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School and at the cafeteria doors as parents ENTER Signal Knob and EXIT North Fork.

 

  • Frederick County Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Access their COVID-19 update here.
    • Meal plan: Beginning Friday, March 20, any school-aged child will be able to pick up a free breakfast and lunch each weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at either James Wood, Millbrook or Sherando high schools. In addition, a free breakfast and lunch will be made available for pickup at several satellite locations throughout Frederick County. Each child must be present at one of the high schools or satellite pickup locations in order to receive their meals each day. Will be offering meals through at least April 9.View breakfast and lunch menus and meal pickup locations and times.

 

  • Warren County Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Access their COVID-19 update page here. 
    • WCPS will continue to offer all children, 18 and younger, free breakfast and lunch at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are satellite locations throughout Warren County where meals will be distributed starting Tuesday, March 24. Access the district’s meal program and list of locations here. 
    • The Warren County School Board has temporarily suspended the division’s superintendent search process. Once state and federal COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, interviews will be conducted.

 

  • Winchester Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year.
     View their COVID-19 update page here.

    • 12 meal sites will be available within the city. At each site, students may receive lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day at no cost. The meal sites will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can access the list of locations here. Simply find the closest location and look for the yellow school bus. Anyone under the age of 18 is eligible for a meal regardless of free or reduced meal status. At least one child must be present in order to receive meals for the other children in the household.

 

  • Clarke County Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Follow the district’s updates here.
    • Will provide food distribution to any individual 18 years of age or younger each Tuesday through June 2, 2020.  Distribution will occur from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Clarke County High School and at Boyce Elementary.

 

  • Page County Public Schools: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. Access their live feed with updates here. 
    • Will be providing delivered meals to homes. All children 18 and under qualify for a free delivered meal – children do not need to be enrolled in Page County Public Schools. Families will only need to complete this form once to register for food deliveries. Delivery to the address provided will be begin one business day after completion of the form. Delivery service began Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will take place Mondays through Fridays until further notice. Children must be present at the time of delivery. Delivery times will be announced.

 

  • Front Royal Christian School: Closed for the remainder of the academic year. 

 

  • United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: An emergency relief fund has been created to support the region’s most vulnerable. More details are available here. The Housing Summit, scheduled for Friday, March 13 at Shenandoah University has been postponed until further notice. 

 

  • Valley Health: Updates and resources can be found here. 
    • New restrictions for visitation. Valley Health’s six hospitals have curtailed visiting to two-hour periods mid-day and again in the evening. Visitors must be 18 or over, healthy, and wear a visitor badge.

      Visitors, volunteers and non-essential healthcare personnel will not be allowed to enter the three long-term care facilities except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life. Visiting restrictions can be found here.

    • Valley Health will close all of their wellness and fitness centers in their six hospital communities.

    • Starting Monday, March 23, all Valley Health hospitals and outpatient surgery centers will be postponing all elective and non-essential procedures and surgeries.

    • All events through April 30 are cancelled. Valley Health recommends that if you have traveled outside of the US and are experiencing symptoms including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, or think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, please do not go directly to the doctor, urgent care center or hospital emergency room. Do the following:
      • Call your state health department’s toll-free line:
        • In Virginia: 1-877-ASK-VDH3
        • In West Virginia: 1-800-887-4304
      • Follow the instructions provided by your state health department. If you meet the criteria for testing, they will direct you to a site of care to be seen by a physician and, if indicated, have appropriate testing.
      • If you are severely ill and must call 911, share your concerns with the 911 dispatcher, EMS and Emergency Department staff before making contact with personnel.
    • Valley Health has implemented three services this week 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:  All visitation and programs at RSW Regional Jail are suspended until further notice. The lobby and restrooms are closed to the public. More information can be found here.

 

  • Top of Virginia Regional Chamber: All March and April events have either been canceled or postponed. Check their calendar for details. 
    • Asking members to consider taking a moment to fill out the survey provided by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to aid in future relief efforts.

 

  • City of Winchester: Interim City Manager has declared a state of emergency for the city. ALL City buildings and facilities are closed to the public as of Tuesday, March 17. City services will continue, and staff will be available via phone and email during regular business hours. Access their COVID-19 update page here. 
    • The Winchester Parking Authority has suspended enforcement of the on-street and parking lot metered parking spaces until April 3

    • As of Saturday, March 21 there is no Winchester trolley service until further notice.

 

  • Town of Front Royal: Operating under Warren County’s local state of emergency. All town buildings and offices, including Town Hall, are closed to the public until further notice. The town is encouraging citizens to make payments online, by mail, phone, or drop box. The Front Royal Visitor’s Center is closed until further notice. Access their COVID-19 update page here. 

 

  • Town of Stephens City: Declared a state of emergency. All Stephens City government administrative offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Stephens City Town Council has suspended all public events and use of common spaces until further notice. Read the full statement here. 

 

  • Clarke County: Has declared a local emergency. View statement and full list of Clarke County closings and cancellations here.
    • Clarke County Parks & Recreation: All programs are cancelled through April 23 and all indoor facilities in the Clarke County Recreation Center are closed through April 23.

      • Shelters and playgrounds at Chet Hobert Park will be closed until further notice.
    • Clarke County Farmers’ Market has postponed its May 2 opening until at least Saturday, June 13.

 

  • Frederick County: Has declared a local state of emergency in response to the threat to public health and safety from COVID-19. The Public Safety Building is closed to the public until further notice.
    View the list of cancelations here. 

    • Frederick County Parks & Recreation Department: All scheduled programs and sports leagues, basicREC, community centers, trips, and private indoor rentals have been closed, cancelled, or postponed. All playgrounds, playing fields, and restrooms in the parks are closed while leaving the parks themselves open for passive leisure activities such as walking.
    • Recycling programs: Electronics recycling and household hazardous waste collection events held at the regional landfill are suspended indefinitely.

 

  • Page County: Has declared a local emergency. Government offices are closed to the public until further notice. View their COVID-19 response hub page here. 
    • Until the state of emergency in Virginia is lifted or until further noted, the rental of a hotel room, motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite, rental cabin, or similar accommodation for less than 30 consecutive days is prohibited. Exceptions to this order include contractors, medical personnel and employees performing essential services in the county.

 

  • Warren County: Has declared a local emergency. The Warren County Government Center, the Youth Center and the Community Center are closed to the public; all services will be provided via phone, email, or regular mail. View their COVID-19 update page here. 
    • Warren County Parks and Recreation: The community center, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, park restrooms, playgrounds and picnic shelters are closed to the public. Events and organized activities are cancelled and equipment rental is not available at this time.

 

  • Shenandoah County: Has declared a local emergency. The Shenandoah County Government Center is closed for in-person business transactions. All business may be conducted by phone or online. A helpful list of changes to normal operating hours and procedures can be found here. 

 

  • Samuels Public Library: All programming is cancelled through April 23. Access their online resources here.

 

  • Handley Regional Library System: Closed until further notice. The Spring Used Book Sale has been canceled. Read the full statement and access online resources here. 

 

  • Town of Strasburg: All town facilities are closed until further notice. View their COVID-19 update page here. 

 

  • Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum: Will be closed until further notice. Updates will be posted to their website. 

 

  • Edward Jones 5k: Changing the in-person race to a virtual race. Run your 5k before May 30, email your results to EDJ5krun@gmail.com and they’ll let you know how you did compared to everyone else. Register here.

 

  • Youth Development Center: All activities and events canceled until March 29. Check out their website for updates and upcoming programs. 

 

  • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s recent recommendation regarding large gatherings, the Board of Directors has made the painful decision to suspend all planning for the 93rd Festival. Read the full statement here. 

 

  • Shenandoah National Park: Will be closed to all access from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. All picnic grounds are closed. Skyline Drive is closed to motorized vehicles from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 65.5. Skyline Drive will still be open to pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles but visitors need to exit by 8 p.m.

 

  • Front Royal Church of the Brethren: Indoor flea market Relay of Life Fundraiser scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.

 

  • Front Royal Chamber of Commerce: March Business After Hours is canceled and will reschedule the Leadership Session-Public Safety and Vows in the Valley Bridal Showcase. The chamber office remains open.

 

  • St. Luke Community Clinic: Asking those who have COVID-19 symptoms to please call the Virginia Department of Health.

 

  • MARTINS: As of March 19, all MARTINS stores will open to service only customers who are age 60 and over first from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily. During this time, community members in this age category can avoid crowded shopping to allow for better social distancing. Read the full statement here.

 

  • Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative: Front offices will be closed until further notice. Members are encouraged to use drive-up windows and remote payment options.

 

  • Frederick County’s real estate tax relief for senior citizens/disabled persons program: If you were previously in the program for 2019, you will be automatically placed into the program for 2020. Read the full statement here. 

 

  • Apple Blossom Mall: Closed until further notice.

 

  • Belle Grove Plantation: Delayed opening for the spring 2020 season.

 

  • New Hope Bible Church: All activities canceled until further notice. Sunday services will be held via YouTube at 10:00 a.m.

 

  • Winchester Little Theatre: Closed until further notice.

 

  • Esther Boyd Animal Shelter: Closed except for necessary business as they monitor the COVID-19 situation.

 

  • Shenandoah County Animal Shelter: Closed to the public. If you would like to adopt a pet or need to claim your lost pet, you may contact the shelter to set up an appointment to do so at 540-984-8955.

 

  • Page County Animal Shelter: Closed to the public.

 

  • Humane Society of Warren County: Operating on an appointment only basis for both intakes and adoptions. Access the full statement here. 

 

  • Bank of Clarke County: Will to move to drive-thru service only at all branch locations, effective March 19th for two weeks. Full statement is available here. 

 

  • United Bank: As of March 19, most United Bank locations remain open but will be redirecting all lobby traffic for locations without protective glass. Locations at the Charleston Town Center in Charleston, W.Va.; Wal-Mart in Clarksburg, W.Va.; and Red Front Supermarket in Harrisonburg, Va., are closed. All drive-ups, walk-ups and lobbies with protective glass remain open during regular hours. Read the full statement here. 

 

  • 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. United Way has set aside $50,000 in emergency funds to match dollar-for-dollar any public donations up to $50,000.

 

  • Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP: Has suspended normal operations effective Thursday, March 26. Has teamed up with the Department of Social Services to provide drive-by food starting Wednesday, April 1.  More information can be found on their Facebook page.

 

  • Winchester C-CAP: Will be closed until further notice.

 

  • Appalachian Trail: Access parking lots in Clarke County are closed.

 

  • Blandy Experimental Farm & State Arboretum of Virginia: Closed.

 

  • Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield: Closed.

 

Stay informed: CDC,  VHD, WHO

Practice preventative care: prevention (CDC)

 


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