Grayson County announces new policies as COVID-19 cases continue to increase

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Grayson County officials have enacted new policies due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the region.

The following policies are in place between Monday, Dec. 7 until Jan. 4, 2021:

  • Public access to government offices and facilities is being strictly limited to those functions that cannot be handled by phone or email. Any citizen needing assistance must call the office with whom they wish to do business. If you do not know the number of the office, call (276) 773-2471 for guidance. If the service you are requesting is determined to require entry to the building, you will be met at the door to the Courthouse adjacent to the main parking lot. This action is meant to maximize social distancing, reduce unnecessary public interaction and help to minimize the potential for spread of Coronavirus-19.
  • Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will be open with precautionary measures. Please call (276) 773-2231 prior to your visit so that staff may determine if your business can be completed by telephone or if an appointment should be scheduled.
  • Grayson County Combined District Court Clerk’s Office will be open for business as usual. Please call (276) 773-2011 for assistance.
  • Grayson County Circuit, District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court hearings will be held as scheduled. COVID-19 protocols will continue.
  • Town government facilities in Fries, Independence and Troutdale are taking similar precautions to those of the County. Contact town offices for specific information.
  • Grayson County Public Schools will remain open. School officials and staff have been very effective in enforcing social distancing practices, reinforcing personal and facility hygiene, mask-wearing and the many other practices necessary to allow students to continue to meet in the school setting safely and productively. As we approach living with Coronavirus-19 for a year, we are all tired. That, and our early success in limiting the spread of the virus, has made us complacent on a national level. The increase in caseload that we are dealing with now is largely a reflection of that complacency over the recent Thanksgiving holiday period. It serves to warn us that, while we have vaccines coming, we are not out of the woods yet. We need to reapply ourselves to the simple things that each of us can do to control the spread of this deadly virus:
    • Wear a mask, please! No one likes it. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant. It is also the single most effective thing that each of us can do to stop the spread of this virus.
    • Maintain social distancing wherever possible outside your immediate family group. Avoid close contact with people who may be sick. Limit all gatherings, indoor or out, to fewer than 25 persons.
    • Wash your hands well and often.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.

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