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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Town Council Adopts Ordinance No. 197 | Ordinance Instituting Temporary Measures for Certain Gatherings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

August 20, 2020 | At the Farmville Town Council Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 19th, Town Council accepted the recommendation of the Finance and Ordinance Committee and adopted the ordinance instituting temporary measures for certain gatherings and face coverings (masks) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ordinance No. 197 – Emergency COVID-19 Requirements

Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP)

The Governor announced during his Thursday afternoon press conference the Rental & Mortgage Relief Program to assist those impacted by COVID-19.  STEPS is partnering with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to provide rental and mortgage assistance in the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward.  The following document provides basic information and also includes a list of agencies responsible for offering the program in each locality in Virginia, Rent and Mortgage Relief Program Document

This is an income based program, so screening/intake will be required.  We will use the information on the following link to assess eligibility based on data for each County: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2020/select_Geography.odn 

This program is targeted to families/individuals who are at 80% or below of “Average Median Income” (AMI).  Initially, the primary beneficiaries will be individuals/families at less than 50% AMI at least until July 20th

The link below is an article from The Richmond Times Dispatch concerning this new program.  

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/watch-now-northam-says-state-will-use-50m-in-federal-funds-to-help-residents-pay/article_ff3d8148-a407-5652-977e-881375ed6a06.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to directly to Christin Jackson as her team is leading this initiative.  Her contact information is as follows:

Small Business Grants

The Town of Farmville Industrial Development Authority and the Prince Edward County Industrial Development Authority have partnered to serve the small business community by offering grants up to $2,000 for businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 to use for working capital, including rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, supplies, inventory, and payroll.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • employee less than 50 people
  • employ less than 50 people;
  • have less than $1 million in annual gross revenue;
  • have paid all taxes on time throughout the last 12 months (This includes sales, personal property, real estate, meals tax, lodging tax, BPOL, etc.); and
  • must be currently open (if permitted by Governor’s order) and/or stipulate that you will reopen when allowed and attempt to remain open for a minimum of 6 months

To apply please fill out this grant form.

Phase 1 Reopening

Starting Saturday, May 15, 2020 the Town of Farmville Golf Course will be open. Restrictions will be payment by credit card only, one person per cart, unless you are from the same household, and hours will be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. All town parks and playgrounds, as well as the Erica Geary Dog Park are reopen.

Closing of Parks

Due to concerns about the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Town has closed all of our park playgrounds, as well as the Erica Geary Dog Park. However, the Farmville Municipal Golf Course is open each day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and play is free! The clubhouse is closed, and you may only walk the course. The Sarah Terry Trail is also open for those wishing to walk and get some fresh air. We ask that you please practice your social distancing while enjoying the outdoors!

Resource Information for Businesses

Small Business Disaster Loans

Following a request submitted by Governor Northam on March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Virginia. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Commonwealth affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million from the SBA to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses. To submit a loan application through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Rapid Response Funds to Assist Small Business

Rapid Response is a federal program to help workers, companies, and communities experiencing layoffs and closures and provide strategies to avert layoffs. This includes connecting workers and businesses to information, partners, new employment opportunities, funding, and training programs that can help lessen the impact of layoffs or avert layoffs all together.

The Additional Rapid Response Assistance for COVID-19 available through the state provides funding to help businesses avert layoffs by providing assistance in sanitization of work spaces, implementing telework options to support social distancing that the company has not supported prior, or other innovative strategies that help keep employees on the job.  Businesses may apply for assistance through their regional workforce boards. The workforce director for our area will review applications and provide reimbursement for qualifying projects. These directors will also be an important resource as we work to re-employ Virginians when this emergency abates and people are looking for work.  

Debra Crowder

South Central 

434-542-5871

[email protected]

Counties of Brunswick, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenberg, Nottoway & Prince Edward

Second Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case

The Town of Farmville became aware this morning of a positive test result confirming a second case of COVID-19 involving a Longwood student that resides off-campus. According to a notice sent out by Longwood University, the student has been self-quarantined since March 18, 2020. The University further states, “VDH believes this student acquired the virus while traveling out-of-state the week after spring break, but is not certain of the origin.”

The Town wants the community to be aware of this situation. If you have any questions or concerns about symptoms or possible exposure, call the local VDH office at 434-392-3987. Locally, Centra Southside Community Hospital has set up a hotline at 434-200-1225.

The Town of Farmville is urging all residents to continue following guidelines put out by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. Please limit social contact and when you do, practice social distancing of six feet or more and wash your hands frequently.

Town of Farmville Operating Status

Town of Farmville Administrative Buildings will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23, 2020.

Departments will be staffed by employees who can assist citizens over the phone and via email. Citizens are encouraged to call ahead or visit www.farmvilleva.com for the latest information before attempting to visit any town building in person. Citizens are further encouraged to call in advance and schedule telephone appointments with departments.

The Police Department Lobby will be accessible during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For citizen’s convenience, there are two silver drop boxes that can be used to drop off payments. One is located on the front of the building off Main Street and the other is in the parking lot behind the building off South Street. You can pay water/sewer bills and property taxes online. The Town will be waiving the 3% convenience fee for these payments.

Building permit applications and water and sewer connection fee applications are available online. Once completed they can be emailed, or you can call to arrange a drop off appointment. Payments can be made by phone or dropped off at the drop box.

Contact numbers:

· Utilities: 434-392-3333
· Building Inspections: 434-392-8465
· Police Department: 434-392-9259
· Finance Office: 434-392-3333
· Town Manager’s Office: 434-392-5686
· Public Works: 434-392-3331
· Farmville Area Bus: 434-392-7433

FarmvilleCares.org to centralize COVID-19 nonprofit resources, needs

As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, Farmville-area nonprofits met by teleconference on Tuesday, March 17, to discuss ways to coordinate communication and resources to meet needs in our area. The result of the digital meeting was FarmvilleCares.org, a website to be launched the morning of March 19. 

Attending the digital meeting were representatives from Piedmont Senior Resources, FACES, Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Social Services, the Interfaith Collective, Southside Family YMCA, Pregnancy Support Center of Southside Virginia, United Way, Farmville-Area Chamber of Commerce and several Farmville-area churches. 

The new website, www.farmvillecares.org, will not only be a one-stop resource to find needed help provided by our local nonprofits but will also give specific ways community members can support their efforts. This includes hands-on help, specific material needs and donations. 

Community members and organizations are urged to visit the site to find resources for assistance or tangible ways they can support local organizations and individuals.

DECLARATION OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY – CORONAVIRUS 2019 (COVID-19)

 The Town of Farmville has enacted a Declaration of Local Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The local declaration is effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

The declaration follows Governor Northam’s State Declaration of Emergency and President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.  A local declaration allows the Town of Farmville to maximize preparedness and response efforts regarding COVID-19. 

During this local emergency, the Town of Farmville will make every effort to provide uninterrupted essential services to our citizens.   We encourage our citizens to check the Town’s website at www.farmvilleva.com and Facebook page as we continue to share information about town facilities and services.  Additionally, we urge all residents to visit the following links for the latest information and public health guidance:

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Town of Farmville Update on COVID-19

We are living in unprecedented times! Last week our community had one positive case of COVID-19 with a university student who was self-quarantined and doing well. Yesterday (March 14), the University announced two other students, who self-quarantined, have now received negative test results.

We have all been attentive to national and state experts for information and guidance on the virus. We encourage you to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines. Today, we share with you some information from your local officials.

Piedmont Health District – Robert Nash, M.D.,

“At this time, we have no other cases or suspected cases awaiting test results in the entire Piedmont District. If other persons have been tested by private providers we have not been notified of any other cases, to date. Positive test results, even by private providers, must be reported to the Health Department. Social distancing, hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze are still the best measures to protect yourself from any respiratory infection. Avoiding large gatherings of people and avoiding people who are sick are also common-sense recommendations. The Health Department, the University, the hospital, and all levels of County and town government are all working together to monitor and safeguard the health and safety of the community.
It is likely that there will be more cases, but with continued vigilance, close monitoring, maintained social distancing, and self-isolation and quarantine when appropriate, we can keep control of this situation and maintain the health and safety of our community. We are all in this together and everybody has a job to do to keep themselves and our neighbors healthy and safe.”

Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad – Deanna Jones, NRP

“Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad is taking all necessary precautions to be prepared for COVID-19 response. We have partnered with Farmville Dispatch to prescreen callers with simple questions in order to respond to 911 calls in the most appropriate manner. This prescreening has allowed us to designate one ambulance to respond to suspected/confirmed COVID-19 patients in order to minimize exposure to all others. We are working closely with Centra Southside Community Hospital and Piedmont Health District leaders to ensure we have up to date information in order to respond to our community’s needs. We will be taking all necessary precautions to remain healthy and in-service; however, we have a continuity plan in place which includes partnering with other local EMS agencies to share personnel resources should the need arise. We are following all state and national guidelines to make sure the community we serve is receiving the best possible care. Our personnel will be wearing protective equipment on calls for patients with symptoms consistent with the virus. While they may look more like surgeons, this measure is for the protection of our personnel as well as the greater community. We ask you not to be concerned by this appearance.”

Farmville Volunteer Fire Department – Volunteer Chief Dean Farmer

“In an effort to minimize exposure to our staff, the Farmville Fire Department has partnered with Prince Edward Rescue Squad, to provide a uniform approach in response to possible cases of COVID-19:

  • Our dispatch center will ask a list of questions to determine if the call for service meets certain criteria;
  • If these criteria are met Prince Edward Rescue will evaluate if our response is needed. During this process if our response is not needed, we will remain in service for additional calls. We will still respond to major medical incidents to include, chest pain, trauma, and motor vehicle accidents;
  • We have also taken precautions to provide additional protective equipment to our staff to include mask and gowns; and
  • We have also encouraged our staff to bring additional clothing items, and shower upon return from a call for service. This will minimize exposure to their families upon their return home.

 

Farmville Police Department – Chief Andy Ellington

“In an effort to minimize our officer’s exposure to citizen contact, I have suspended all extra duty employment for the department. All community outreach programs have been suspended to include our ride along program. Officers have been encouraged to raise their thresholds as to conducting traffic stops and initiating any arrest. All vehicles are outfitted with updated personal protective equipment (PPE) containers and military issued gas mask. Responding to any sickness related calls for service, our communication officers are obtaining as much medical history as possible of the patient prior to officer’s arrival. Again, we are trying to reduce our officer’s exposure any way possible.”

Centra Southside Community Hospital – Thomas Angelo, MBA/HCM

“While much continues to remain unknown about the threats posed by COVID-19, Centra is taking very seriously its responsibility to make the best choices for the wellbeing of our patients, caregivers and community. Centra is fully prepared to care for patients who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout our entire system. Incident Command has been enacted and meets daily to make decisions in real-time. We continue to take thoughtful measures to promptly identify and isolate any potential cases and to ensure a safe clinical environment because our community and caregiver’s peace of mind is important. The situation continues to change rapidly, and we are remaining nimble in operations and contingency planning.”

Town Administration – C. Scott Davis, LP.D.

“The Town Administration began looking at information and thinking about preparedness during the end of the first week of March. On Tuesday, March 10, Town Administration began implementing protocols for Town staff to be more vigilant in hopefully not coming in contact with individuals with COVID-19 or to reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus in the workplace. We are doing the following:

  • we have increased our cleaning of facilities by our custodial staff still clean thoroughly every day and in between Town staff are cleaning high traffic areas to include but not limited to doorknobs, light switches, and countertops with disinfectant wipes (hourly);
  • individuals handling money or other high traffic items are wearing gloves;
  • all employees that seem to be sick are asked to stay home or anyone arriving to work sick is being asked to go home until they are well;
  • Town staff is asked to practice social distancing and other measures suggested by the CDC and VDH while working;
  • canceled all Town sponsored events;
  • canceled all Town facility rentals and refunded renters through mid-April; and
  • Town administration is in continual contact and meeting with Piedmont Health District, VDEM, our public safety organizations, Longwood University, Prince Edward County; and on Monday, March 16, we are participating in a regional meeting (via teleconference).”

“As Mayor, I strongly encourage all community members to ardently follow the CDC guidelines of hand washing and social distancing of six feet, but we should strongly consider staying at home as much as possible. As a community working together, we will overcome COVID-19. Today has been designated the National Day of Prayer and I ask that we all pray for our community, state, and nation. The Town will continue to send out updated press releases”, stated Mayor David Whitus.

Town of Farmville Cancels Recreation Events and Programs

 The Town of Farmville has decided to cancel all recreation events and programs for the foreseeable future. This includes the Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020. The Town Manager Welcome Events that were scheduled for April 2, 2020 have been postponed with no date announced at this time.

 Farmville officials have been in close communication with Longwood University, Prince Edward County, and Piedmont Health District officials regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Health has the latest updates on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit their site at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/.

The Virginia Department of Health has activated its call center. If you have questions related to Coronavirus/COVID-19 call 1-877 ASK VDH 3.

We would like to remind residents and visitors that there are steps that you can take to prevent the spread of illness from this virus as well as others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Avoid large events and mass gatherings
  • Keep from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep children who are sick home from school
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, cell phones, keyboards and mice, tablets, remote controls, light switches, door handles, etc. with disinfectant wipes/spray

Town Monitoring and Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Farmville officials are closely monitoring the latest news and developing plans to address the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the lead agency on COVID-19 and will be the main source of information. To get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Virginia visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/.

There are steps that individuals can take to prevent exposure and illness from this virus as well as others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Keep from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep children who are sick home from school
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, cell phones, keyboards and mice, tablets, remote controls, light switches, door handles, etc. with disinfectant wipes/spray
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