Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page was last updated 3/31/20 4:06 PM 

Northampton County, VA Government Response to COVID-19

Updates about business operations and important notices:

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the County Administration Building is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

County of Northampton restricts access by the General Public to County Administrative Offices and Facilities

Due to COVID-19 precautions, as well as recent state and federal recommendations, all Northampton County facilities and offices including the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office, the County Treasurer’s Office, the Planning, Permitting & Enforcement Office, the Finance Office, Voter Registration office and County Administration will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020. The Parks & Recreation Office at Indiantown Park and the Facilities Management Office at Stumptown will also observe this closure.


The County Transfer Station/Landfill and waste collection centers (convenience centers) are considered essential services and will continue to operate but with limited interaction between the staff and public.

No in-person transactions will be conducted. All County employees will continue to report to work during their normal work hours. The public is encouraged to use the County’s online options for payments and services.

For assistance, please call us during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at (757)678-0440.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS 678-0445
COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE 678-0446
COUNTY ADMINISTRATION 678-0440 EXT. 516
FINANCE 678-0444
PLANNING & ZONING 678-0443
TREASURER 678-0450
VOTER REGISTRATION 678-0480

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING.


Virginia is in a State of Emergency


On March 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. The measures being taken to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians can be found at https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/.  

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors urges our citizens to follow Governor Northam's Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses as issued on March 23, 2020 and Executive Order #55, Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, issued on March 30, 2020.  Executive Order Fifty-Five states all residents shall stay at home until June 10, 2020.  Limited exceptions are traveling to and from work, seeking medical attention, obtaining goods and services such as groceries and prescriptions, care for family or household members, and engaging in outdoor activity. In all cases, individuals should distance themselves from others by at least 6 feet, and limit public gatherings to less than 10 people. 

In addition, Northampton County encourages all visitors to reschedule visits to the Eastern Shore. Everyone must do their part to flatten the curve. Please be considerate of small towns and counties on Virginia's Eastern Shore that do not have the medical staff or capacity for visitors during this pandemic. Stay home. If your primary residence is not on the Eastern Shore, we urge you not to visit at this time. 

See PLEASE STAY HOME for the entire statement from Northampton County Board of Supervisors. 



Social Distancing



A Message from Riverside Hospital: Please Stay at Home
Dr. Rebekah Sensenig D.O. Riverside Infectious Disease Specialist Update on COVID-19




Food Assistance 

Assistance Programs: List of Resources in Northampton County for Food Pantries, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Department of Social Services SNAP

NCPS K-12 Meal Pick Up  
Grab and Go Meals provided by the Northampton County Public Schools Food Service may be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 AM and 12 PM at the Bus Loop of each school. Students must be present to receive meals.

No Kid Hungry Virginia is making sure children are not left hungry during the coronavirus outbreak. Text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to find free food distribution sites organized by school districts and other community organizations. 

Foodbank Eastern Shore Branch 
The new Food Bank drop off is at the Cape Charles Fire House. Drop off times Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please adhere to those times to minimize traffic through fire house and to allow items to sit a necessary amount of time before pick up by Food Bank Staff.  

Food Bank Donation poster



Workforce


Unemployment

The standard one week waiting period for unemployment benefits has been waived. If you or someone you know has lost their job or had a significant reduction in hours due to Coronavirus, visit the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to file a claim.
Please note that VEC offices are closed to the public. Online and phone services remain open, and the Commission is adding to their call center capacity daily.



Disaster Loans for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
  

Virginia businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible to make online applications to the SBA for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) at disasterloan.sba.gov.



Restaurants

Governor Northam has banned gatherings of 10 or more people across the Commonwealth, leaving most restaurants to function in a “take-out/delivery” mode if they remain open. 
Support Our Local Businesses: Check if a restaurant is open for Take-Out orders or consider buying Gift Certificate for later use. 



Corporate, Sales, and Individual Taxes

 Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020 for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.

The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individual and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.

More information on deferring payment and how to file can be found at www.tax.virginia.gov 


 

Utilities

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. 


 

Coronavirus COVID-19 



Important Updates and Links


For the latest news on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 


Coronavirus Updates from the Virginia Department of Health 

Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 877-ASK-VDH3.



For Information about Coronavirus Testing, please see this FAQ page from Virginia Department of Health: Testing for COVID-19 







Coronavirus (COVID-19)Update and Thorough Guidance Compiled by Julie McMurry, MPH at Flatten The Curve  



John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

ArcGIS  Interactive Map
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
  



UVA Interactive Map on COVID-19

In an effort to support the planning and response efforts for the recent Coronavirus outbreak, the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing (NSSAC) division of the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at the University of Virginia has prepared a visualization tool that provides an alternate way of examining data curated by JHU and NSSAC. 




COVID-19 symptoms
Please click on the infographic to enlarge and for an accessible PDF version. 


FAQ about Coronavirus from Virginia Department of Health

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet

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Stop the Spread of Germs
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Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  


Telehealth

Telehealth involves the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care outside of traditional health-care facilities. Telehealth, which requires access only to telecommunications, is the most basic element of “eHealth,” which uses a wider range of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Telehealth examples include virtual home health care, where patients such as the chronically ill or the elderly may receive guidance in certain procedures while remaining at home. Telehealth has also made it easier for health care workers in remote field settings to obtain guidance from professionals elsewhere in diagnosis, care and referral of patients. Training can sometimes also be delivered via telehealth schemes or with related technologies such as eHealth, which make use of small computers and internet.

Well-designed telehealth schemes can improve health care access and outcomes, particularly for chronic disease treatment and for vulnerable groups. Not only do they reduce demands on crowded facilities, but they also create cost savings and make the health sector more resilient.

Since remote communication and treatment of patients reduces the number of visits for health services, both transport-related emissions and emissions related to operational requirements are reduced. In addition, fewer space demands can potentially result in smaller health facilities, with concurrent reductions in construction materials, energy and water consumption, waste, and overall environmental impact.
Source: WHO.org

Eastern Shore Rural Health Patient Portal
Riverside Shore Memorial Patient Portal 


Practical Tips for Staying Healthy

 

  • Wash your hands. A lot. Soap between your fingers, don't forget your thumbs and finger tips. Sing the Alphabet Song while applying soap, then rinse.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Monitor your temperature. If it spikes, stay home from work out of consideration for other commuters and your coworkers.
  • Wear leather gloves at the gas pump.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Shower and shampoo as soon as you get home, and put the clothes you were wearing straight into the hamper. Set yourself and your family up to make this easy. Put a hamper by the door, and hang clean robes for each family member to use from the door to the shower.
  • Leave your shoes at the door. (Have a set of indoor slippers at the ready if your floor's cold.
  • Carry your own pen for signing receipts when you're shopping.
  • Learn to use smart phone pay systems, and get them set up now so you can avoid having to touch the credit card swiper or sign anything at checkout counters or gas stations.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces two to five times a day, depending on the number of people using them. Surfaces would include doorknobs, countertops (don't forget the edges), light switches, shared keyboards and mouses, printer keypads, shared phones, water cooler buttons, fridge handles, sink handles, toilet handles, remote controls and all on/off switches.
  • Wipe down tablets or smart phones frequently through the day, especially if you share them with others.
  • If someone in your house isn't well, separate their toothbrush, give them separate hand towels, launder bedding frequently (wear a face mask while in their room, handling the bedding and laundry), consider using disposable/compostable dishes, utensils and papertowels.
  • Air out the building (or the office, floor, classroom) once a day for about 15-20 minutes. It's a short time of being chilly, but it pays off with not breathing in stuffy air full of everything your coworkers or family have been exhaling!
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow. Teach your kids to to this. Remind friends and coworkers to do this, too.
  • Maintain good toothbrush hygiene! Replace your toothbrush regularly — especially after an illness, and keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.
  • Get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep may profoundly impact your body's immune function.