Local Updates Regarding COVID-19:
- April 7, 2020: City of Radford, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Cancel Spring Youth Ball Programs
- April 6, 2020: Health Task Force continues drive-thru tests, NRV Mall site added
- April 5, 2020: Starting on Monday, April 6, the YMCA will begin “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA at Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food seven days a week to ALL youth in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks will be shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.
- April 4, 2020: Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg and Town of Christiansburg first responders may begin wearing masks or face coverings
- April 3, 2020: Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Government Facilities Remain Closed to the Public
- April 1, 2020: Montgomery County and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg are closing all playgrounds, public restrooms, and basketball courts effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. For the safety of our community, the closures will remain in place until further notice. Parks, trails, and other open spaces are still open for the public to enjoy for the physical and mental health benefits they provide.
- March 31, 2020: The Montgomery County Public Health Task Force has established drive-thru testing, assessment and referral sites. ONLY those individuals with a letter of authorization from the Virginia Department of Health’s New River Health District will be allowed access to the sites, and only by appointment, to receive appropriate testing, assessment and referral services.
- March 30, 2020: Gov. Ralph Northam issued a Temporary Stay At Home Order. The Community Foundation of the New River Valley has launched the COVID-19 Response Grant Program to provide unrestricted funding to organizations as our region navigates the coronavirus pandemic.
- March 26, 2020: The New River Health District announced today an additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the district. The patient is a male in his 20s, and lives in Montgomery County.
- March 25, 2020: The current closure of the Blacksburg Recreation Center, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be extended through April 30, 2020.
- March 24, 2020: The New River Health District announced today its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the district.
- March 19, 2020: Town of Christiansburg, Town of Blacksburg, and Montgomery County Close Government Facilities to the Public at 5 p.m. on March 19
- March 17, 2020: Montgomery County, the Town of Blacksburg, and the Town of Christiansburg have proactively declared a local state of emergency.Commissioner of Revenue suspends the completion of income tax returns through March 30; the Sheriff’s office limits public visitation through March 31; the New River Valley Health District urges anyone with cold-like symptoms to first call 540-267-8240; and the Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers for COVID-19 emergency response.
- March 16, 2020: The Town of Christiansburg is canceling its public meetings scheduled for the week of March 16. Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center closes to public March 17-31. Several Montgomery County public meetings canceled for week of March 16.
- March 15, 2020: Historical records room and land record recording desk in the Montgomery County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office and the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library branches are temporarily closed. In addition, passport services are temporarily suspended at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office. More details.
- March 14, 2020: The Blacksburg Recreation Center, Blacksburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center will be closed to the public beginning March 15 through March 29, at a minimum. Read on.
- March 13, 2020: Gov. Northam orders Virginia K-12 schools closed Mar. 16-27.
- March 12, 2020: No cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County; Gov. Northam declares State of Emergency; MCPS, NRCC, RU, and VT announce preventative measures. The NRV Home Expo scheduled for March 14-15 at the Christiansburg Recreation Center has been canceled. The Short Course Age Group Champs 2020 swim meet at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center will finish the Thursday portion of the meet but has canceled all events Friday-Sunday. The Veterans Fair scheduled for March 28 at the Christiansburg Recreation Center has been postponed until Nov. 7. Read on.
- March 11, 2020: Officials from local health, public safety, education and government agencies have proactively convened the Montgomery County Public Health Task Force in an effort to approach concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community collaboratively and comprehensively. At this time (March 11, 2020), there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montgomery County, the New River Valley or anywhere in southwestern Virginia; however, there are nine cases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read on.
Information about COVID-19:
How is it spread?
The virus is spread mostly from person-to-person. This can occur in more than one way:
- Between people who are within six feet from one another.
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What to do if you are sick?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or the Health Department immediately. Do not go to the emergency room. The New River Valley Health District has activated a local public health hotline at 540-267-8240. CDC: What to do if you are sick
Can you prevent the illness?
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. To keep yourself and your family safe, exercise the following preventative hygiene habits:
- Practice good respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissue immediately and sanitize hands.
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- In instances when soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What are the symptoms?
Confirmed COVID-19 infections have had varying symptoms. Common indications include:
- Shortness of breath
Best Practices and Recommendations
The Town of Christiansburg is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and advising employees and residents to do the same.
This is a new virus and there is still much we do not know. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to these resources: