Stay Informed - Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus is a rapidly-evolving international virus outbreak that causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. The most up-to-date information can be found from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Loudoun County supports this effort through the Loudoun County Health Department, Office of Emergency Management, and the Office of the County Administrator. The County’s dedicated page with all their latest information can be found at www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus.
Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus Situation (March 18, 2020)
We encourage citizens and visitors to support our local businesses in creative ways. Many restaurants are providing in-Town delivery or curbside delivery options. Please continue to support local restaurants! Find all of our restaurants at this link.
Some retailers have changed hours of operation - and some retailers are offering no-contact pick-up options. Continue to support local businesses - call ahead and order for pickup, or shop your favorite in-Town store online (where available). Check out this link for a listing of all shopping options!
Town of Middleburg Operational Changes (revised as of March 23, 2020)
In light of guidance from the CDC and VDH, the Town is taking appropriate precautions to protect Town citizens, staff, and ensure ongoing operational capabilities.
In addition, the Governor of Virginia recently provided updated business guidance and restrictions, to include encouraging all professional businesses to telework as much as possible. While not all Town staff can perform their duties via telework, some staff will be teleworking as much as possible during the coming weeks. Please be patient as staff return your email and phone messages as soon as they are able.
To this end, the Town is making the following changes:
- Visitors are asked not to visit the Town Office in person, if at all possible. Most Town services or questions can be handled online or via phone. Quick links are below:
- The Town has a drop box available outside the Town Office for residents to drop utility payments. Town staff will process your payment and can provide a receipt, if requested.
- All in-person meetings are encouraged to be held via telephone or virtually, as much as possible. Town staff will reach out to you if you have a meeting scheduled.
- Advisory Committee meetings are encouraged to postpone meetings, if possible. Your staff liaison will reach out to you with more information.
- Town Council meetings will continue, at this time. Further information will be posted.
- Field staff will provide limited interactions with the public. The Town’s focus is ensuring that critical operations can continue and that Town staff limit potential exposures.
- You are encouraged to call the Town Office if there are questions about Town services, activities, or regulations. You can reach the Town at 540-687-5152 M-F, 8:30-4:30pm. The Town Administrator can be reached after hours.
- Please note that the guidance from the CDC and Virginia is changing rapidly. The Town will respond quickly and appropriately as guidance changes or as circumstances dictate.
Town of Middleburg Preparations
Critical services for the Town government include public safety (Police Department), water/sewer service (Inboden Environmental Services), trash collection, and response to citizen questions and concerns. The Police Department have all necessary measures of protection to ensure continuity of operations. While they will continue to provide community policing services, they are asked to not shake your hand or make direct physical contact. If you have an emergency and dial 911, dispatch services may ask additional screening questions to understand if you may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
The Town’s water and sewer contractor has all preparations in place for continued operations, to include back-up staff members and remote monitoring of systems. And as of this time, all trash and recycling services remain as usual.
Concerned members of the public can contact the Town Office at 540-687-5152 during regular business hours (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) or the Town Administrator after hours.
Loudoun County has a hotline for more information or concerned residents. That number is 703-737-8300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town issues Declaration of Local Emergency (March 16, 2020)
Following the Declaration of Statewide Emergency by the Governor of Virginia on Friday, March 13, 2020, and the Declaration of Local Emergency by the County Administrator earlier today, the Town Administrator has issued a Declaration a Local Emergency for the Town of Middleburg. This declaration allows the Town to coordinate effectively with the County government, relaxes procurement requirements to make it easier for the Town to obtain necessary goods and services, and places the Town in a position to potentially receive reimbursement from the state or federal government for certain activities.
White House Guidelines to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (as of March 16, 2020)
President Trump announced his "15 Days to Slow the Spread" Initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. This include limiting public and social gatherings to no more than 10 persons, avoiding discretionary travel, and limiting eating at bars and restaurants. More information can be found at this link.
Prevention is Key
The CDC has recently released guidance for organizers to limit gatherings of 50 or more persons for the next 8 weeks. Please consider how you can limit your gatherings and potential exposures. Organizers of special events in the Town of Middleburg are asked to strongly consider the CDC’s guidance, as well as any guidance or requirements issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Currently, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into the sleeve of your shirt.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others, and by health workers.
These are tried and true methods of preventing all types of infections, including COVID-19.
Information for Employers and Places of Business
The CDC has provided specific information for Employers and Places of Business. To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace and for business patrons, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/covid19.
Take the following measures to keep your place of employment safe from COVID-19:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
Links and Further Information
One of the most important steps that each of us can take right now is to stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best source of information about COVID-19, including details on how the virus spreads, symptoms of infection, prevention and treatment, the global outbreak, FAQs, and much more. You are encouraged to take time to learn about COVID-19 by visiting the CDC’s website.
Keep abreast of the latest information by visiting the following websites:
Loudoun County: www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus