Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Montgomery County declare Local State of Emergency

Coronavirus

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – On Tuesday, officials with Montgomery County as well as the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg released a joint statement declaring a Local State of Emergency in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As of Tuesday, March 17, no presumed positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in southwest Virginia; however, these localities placed the order as a precautionary measure.

This gives each locality the authority to mobilize resources for citizens as well as request mutual aid from various governmental entities.

Officials with Montgomery County and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg remind residents that if you feel ill, follow these guidelines:

  • Call your healthcare 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 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;
  • The Virginia Department of Health also has a public health hotline at 877-ASK-VDH3 which is available weekdays form 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.;
  • Call 2-1-1 Virginia
  • Practice good infection control practices which includes
    – washing hands with soap and water and/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 are sick and avoid others who are sick

For further updates the coronavirus has on our community, click here.

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