March 19, 2020 Update
Stafford County still has two cases of Coronavirus.
Yesterday, Dr. Kizner extended the school closure through April 15. As well, the Schools announced the details for their School Closure Meal Service - five schools and 20 community "Grab and go" locations, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meals include breakfast for the next morning.
Vice President Pence continues to say the most critical message state and local governments can communicate is the severe impact of the coronavirus, of how you can transmit it to others without experiencing symptoms. Individuals who are asymptomatic or have mild COVID cases pose the highest risk to the health of vulnerable populations.
Gov. Northam announced Virginia has 94 cases. If you wonder if you qualify for Medicaid, check online at Medicaid. Virginia’s application into the SBA Disaster Assistance program was accepted today. The deadline for filing independent and corporate income tax will remain May 1, but people will be able to pay through June 1 with no penalty. Vehicle inspections are suspended for 60 days.
JDR COURT INFORMATION
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
Monday March 23, 2020...….The Stafford JDR Court will be open, however closed to the public and all court hearings will be rescheduled for a later date, with exception of protective orders.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, if you have received notice of a driver’s license ceremony for Monday March 23, 2020, please come to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations clerk’s office any time from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday to receive your Driver’s License. As a convenience to all, parents will not be required to appear with their child to pick up the license. Once the pandemic has passed, the clerk’s office will resume our regular ceremony procedure. Please note that you are required to turn in your learner’s permit and temporary (paper) driver’s license in order to receive your license from the clerk.
If the juvenile or parent does not wish to come pick up their Driver’s License the juvenile will receive notice of a new license ceremony date after July 1.
Tuesday March 24, 2020...….The Stafford JDR Court will be open, however closed to the public and all court hearings will be rescheduled for a later date, with exception of protective orders, Department of Social Service cases, and juvenile detention cases.
March 18, 2020 Update
On March 19, 2020, Stafford Juvenile and Detention Court will be open; however, closed to the public and all court hearings will be rescheduled for a later date (except all protective orders and juvenile detention cases.
The Rappahannock Area Health Department has confirmed a second positive case in Stafford County. The Governor just announced ten more cases bringing Virginia’s total to 77.
In other updates, the R-Board has revised Belman and Eskimo Hill Residential convenience center hours. They will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Animal Shelter is closed to the public although adoptions can still continue via appointment. The Rabies Clinic scheduled for April has been postponed until further notice.
Stafford continues to ask residents to stay home is at all possible. Do not gather in groups of more than 10. Check on elderly and ill friends, family and neighbors. Use good hygiene - wash hands thoroughly.
Please read instructions on the Virginia Department of Health page for what you should do if you feel you are infected.
March 17, 2020 Update
To protect the public and employees, all buildings will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until March 31, 2020. Read more about this announcement.
Virginia has 67 positive cases of COVID-19, and now two deaths.
Governor Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians, see those new measures now.
Yesterday, President Trump announced the "15 Days to Slow the Spread" campaign. Everyone is called upon to assist in taking certain steps recommended to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Recommended steps to take include:
- Listening to the directions of state and local authorities
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- If your kids are sick, keep them home and contact your provider.
- If someone in your household has tested positive, everyone should stay home. Contact your provider.
- If you are an older person or a person with a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from others.
- Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking at restaurants or bars. Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel.
- Use good hygiene.
At this time, the Virginia Department of Health has still only identified one presumptive case of Coronavirus in Stafford County.
March 16, 2020 Update
The Rappahannock Area Health Department has confirmed the first case of presumptive positive COVID-19 in Stafford County. Stafford County officially declared a local state of emergency. The declaration will allow the County to be eligible for federal and state reimbursements at a later date related to this emergency. The declaration lifts certain procurement laws to allow the County Administrator to take necessary actions during the declaration, and it provides local small businesses with the ability to apply for loans through the Small Business Administration.
Stafford County strongly urges everyone to stay home and practice social distancing and good hygiene practices to help quell the spread of the virus.
If you think you have symptoms - fever, cough, exposure or travel - and wonder if you should go to the doctor, Mary Washington Healthcare has a Health Link Nurse Line you can contact from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week at (540) 741-4000. This is a good tool for avoiding an unnecessary trip to a crowded waiting room.
The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed the second death of a COVID-19 patient. Both deaths were in the Peninsula Health District, near Williamsburg, VA.
March 15, 2020 Update
BREAKING: CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. Virginia has 45 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, and now one death.
March 13, 2020 Update
Given the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, Stafford County Government has decided to postpone or cancel all events and community programs and classes held at county facilities through March 31. You can find more by reading our press release.
The President did declare a national emergency along with the Governor giving an order to close all Virginia schools for two weeks.
Virginia has 30 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Under the State of Emergency, it is good to know that there are now anti-price gouging statutes related to this status. Our regional health department has also set up a hotline for questions related to COVID-19, it is 877-ASK-VDH3. If you are looking for guidance on canceling or postponing an event or meeting, VDH has provided additional guidance.
BEFORE GOING TO THE DOCTOR, if you are exhibiting any symptoms, please call ahead.
March 12, 2020 Update
The Governor has declared the State of Emergency. To understand what that means, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management explains it well. Virginia Emergency Operations Center is also at an orange level status.