LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney received grant awards totaling $83,219 through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The funds are to be used to offset costs relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors accepted the grant and appropriated the funds to the applicable revenue and expenditure line items of the FY21 Commonwealth’s Attorney and Sheriff’s Office departmental budgets. Supervisor Dr. Alfonzo Seward abstained.

In other matters, the supervisors approved the Brunswick County Infectious Disease (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response Plan.

According to Keli Reekes, Director of Finance, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board recently approved 16VAC25-220, Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention in light of the threat of COVID-19. DOLI requires all Virginia employers, including public entities, to meet the requirements of the emergency Standard, which became effective on July 27, 2020.

One requirement of the DOLI Standard is the creation of an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan. Staff drafted a plan, which describes the implementation of mandatory health and safety requirements established by DOLI, Governor Northam’s CIOVID-19 Executive Order and subsequent Addendum, as well as guidelines form the Centers for Disease Control.

On the recommendation of the Personnel Committee the following positions were approved: Joseph Cook – Landfill Inspector, Monica Blalock – Brunswick Emergency Medical Services, Justin Bulifant - Brunswick Emergency Medical Services and Lexi Pearce – Brunswick Emergency Medical Services.

The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Building, 228 North Main Street. For more information call the county administrator’s office at (434) 848-3107.