CITY OF COVINGTON
The Highlands COVID-19 Task Force met last week to discuss on-going efforts in the Highlands relating to re-openings, economic impacts, VDH and CDC public health recommendations as well as local testing access. Currently, long term care facilities are being contacted by RCAHD for testing given the need to ensure health and safety of those within these facilities. Additionally, the National Guard has assisted with this effort and has also been in the area working to provide “fit test” training on the proper wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), namely medical-grade masks at these facilities.
The Task Force wants to remind everyone, that we all can do our part to help keep case counts low by following CDC and VDH guidelines of wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, having proper personal and communal space hygiene. These measures remain the best defense against COVID-19. VDH has also provided guidelines cautioning against travel to “hot spots”, such as Myrtle Beach, as travel to such areas has led to an increase in cases within RCAHD. This was determined through contact tracing efforts.
The regional VDH office, RCAHD, shared with the Task Force that there will be a community testing event in the Highlands. The testing is scheduled for July 7th and will be done at Alleghany High School as a drive-up service. Testing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. More details are to come from RCAHD on this. Tests will be sent to Virginia Tech’s lab for results and results will take several days to process. RCAHD will work to determine our testing needs and hopes to have monthly community testing here.
We are #HighlandsStrong and #WeAreAllInThisTogether, it is important that we help one another by practicing kindness, compassion and just checking in on others.
The Task Force wishes to remind those in the Highlands of the below efforts and resources available:
I need food…
I have lost some or all of my income because of the coronavirus pandemic….
My business has been impacted by COVID-19…
I am worried I have coronavirus/COVID-19…
I need supplies for my baby/child…..
I have questions regarding the upcoming public school year, or questions on the Summer Feeding Program for my school age child/children….
I am a senior who needs help at my home….
I am worried about my mental health and/or addiction issues…
For more information on COVID-19, the following online resources are recommended, CDC website:
https://www.cdc.gov/, or the VDH website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/. For those without internet, VDH has a
regional hotline 1-855-949-8378, as well as a state hotline, 1-877-ASK-VDH3.