From the New River Health District
Video message to our community from Dr. Noelle Bissell
Audio recording: Facts from the district epidemiologist
Local Updates Regarding Coronavirus
- Coronavirus update Apr. 3, 2020 - Joint news release: Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and Montgomery County facilities remain closed to the public.
- Coronavirus update Apr. 2, 2020 - Montgomery County Public Health Task Force will continue to operate a drive-thru testing site, as part of regional COVID-19 public health response. Only individuals with a letter of authorization from the Virginia Department of Health's New River Health District will be allowed access to the site. The Montgomery County Clerk of the Court provides an update.
- Coronavirus update Apr. 1, 2020 - Effective April 2, at 5 p.m., playgrounds, public restrooms, and basketball courts are closed in the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and Montgomery County.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 31, 2020 - New River Health District creates appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 27, 2020 - New River Health District confirms first COVID-19 case in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors to hold April 2, 2020, Budget Public Hearing and April 13, 2020 meeting virtually.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 25, 2020 - Recreation Centers, Aquatic Center closed through Apr. 30. Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library branches will remain closed through Apr. 19. Blacksburg Transit limits number of passengers on buses and other vehicles, effective March 25.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 24, 2020 - The New River Health District announced today its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the district.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 19, 2020 - Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Close Government Facilities to the Public Mar. 20
- Coronavirus update Mar. 17, 2020 - Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg declare local state of emergency. Commissioner of Revenue suspends the completion of income tax returns through Mar. 30; the Sheriff's office limits public visitation through Mar. 31; the New River Health District urges anyone with cold-like symptoms to first call 540-267-8240; the Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers for COVID-19 emergency response; Circuit Court Clerk's Office closed to the public through Apr. 6.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 16, 2020 - Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission meetings cancelled the week of Mar. 16. Blacksburg Town Council meeting modified. Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center closes to public Mar. 17-31.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 15, 2020 - All branches of Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library close Mar. 16-29. Passport services suspended and historical room and land records desk closed at Montgomery County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office, effective Mar. 16.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 14, 2020 - Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg Parks and Recreation and Aquatics Cancellations and Closures (Mar. 15 - 29.)
- Coronavirus update Mar. 13, 2020 - Gov. Northam orders Virginia K-12 schools closed Mar. 16-27.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 12, 2020 - No cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County; Gov. Northam declares State of Emergency; MCPS, NRCC, RU, and VT announce preventative measures.
- Coronavirus update Mar. 11, 2020 - Montgomery County Public Health Task Force comprised officials from local health, public safety, education and government agencies.
Coronavirus update Mar. 6, 2020 - CDC and VDH best resources for accurate and factual information.
Concerned about Symptoms?
(Symptoms of coronavirus - http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html)
- CALL your health care provider or your local health department (do not go to the emergency room).
- The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at 540-267-8240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at 877-ASK-VDH3, available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Call 2-1-1 Virginia
- Practice good infection control practices: wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, keep surfaces clean, cough or sneeze into a tissue (and discard it) or into your elbow, avoid touching your face, practice “social distancing” and don’t shake hands. Stay home if you’re sick (use delivery services) and avoid others who are sick.
Steps to Prevent Illness
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Virginia Department of Health
Virginia Tech Information
Montgomery County Public Schools Information
Town of Blacksburg
Town of Christiansburg