On Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic a national emergency. Previously, on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. While localities throughout the Commonwealth are experiencing cases of COVID-19 (totaling 45), to date, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases in Brunswick County.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the County Administrator and Emergency Services Coordinator conducted a conference call with County leaders to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on operations and for agencies to share their respective plans to minimize the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19. Local government officials are moving to adjusted operations due to coronavirus as follows:
Brunswick County government
The Board of Supervisors, County Administrator and Emergency Services Coordinator are the lead to address COVID-19 county-wide.
Coordinated conference call with County leaders on March 16, 2020, to discuss the following:
What’s happening nationally.
What’s happening in Virginia.
Limiting the number that gather from 50 to 10 based on President’s recommendation; and cancel or postpone local events and meetings that exceed the President’s guidelines for gatherings.
Encouraged all departments and agencies to practice Social Distancing.
Overview of department/agencies response to COVID-19.
Provided the following documents to departments and agencies for posting:
Limit the Spread of Influenza-like Illness and COVID-19
Wash Your Hands
COVID General Questions (Frequently Asked Questions)
Conducting ongoing conversations with County’s Executive Team, Virginia Department of Health officials and surrounding counties (Counties of Brunswick, Mecklenburg, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Sussex and the City of Emporia) to plan and prepare to enhance the health and safety of our citizens, employees and visitors.
County employees are following federal and state protocols.
Posting updates regularly on County’s website and Facebook page.
Encouraging citizens to use the Treasurer’s drop box in front of the County Government Building, mail and www.brunswickco.com to pay bills.
Closed the Brunswick County Byways Visitor Center to visitors.
Monitoring the environments for sick people and distance travelers.
Provided hand sanitizer for public and staff at work stations.
Dr. Woolridge said administration continues to monitor the situation and will respond accordingly. For more information call the county administrator’s office at (434) 848-3107.
To read the entire article pick up the March 25, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.