COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Vaccinations

As of February 16, the Virginia Department of Health has a centralized, statewide portal for COVID-19 pre-registration. Everyone who has already pre-registered for a vaccine through the local portals has had their information transferred to the new statewide database. Those who have not yet pre-registered under Phase 1-B should use this new portal to get their name on the list.

The Virginia Department of Health, NOT Pittsylvania County, is overseeing vaccine distribution. Those who are 65 and older or have high risk health conditions and are ages 16-64 should pre-register online. This does not guarantee you an appointment, but simply allows you to leave contact information so that the Health Department can contact you when a vaccine is available. The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is experiencing high call volume, so residents should be patient and not call about vaccines. If you are unsure of your eligibility or wish to be put on a wait list, consult this resource from the Virginia Department of Health

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District has laid out a very detailed strategy for when particular groups should receive the vaccine. As of January 18, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is under phase 1-B, which means that the following groups are eligible to be vaccinated: 

  • Anyone over the age of 65
  • Individuals ages 16-64 with high risk medical conditions 
  • Police, fire and hazmat response personnel
  • Those living and working in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps 
  • Food and agriculture workers and manufacturers
  • Grocery store workers  
  • Teachers and education staff
  • Public transit workers
  • Mail carriers

Essential employees in these categories will have their vaccination scheduled through their employer and do not need to contact the Department of Health. As more of the vaccine is produced it will be rolled out to additional groups, and eventually to the general public. In the meantime, it is important that the public continue to follow public safety guidelines like wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and frequently washing hands.

Resources

COVID Cases in the Area

Interested in keeping up with how COVID-19 is spreading in Pittsylvania County and the surrounding communities? The Virginia Department of Health provides daily updates on the number of reported cases, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, and how many people have died from the respiratory illness.

Utility Relief for the Service Authority utility relief Info

For customers of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, help is available. The Service Authority received over $13,700 in CARES Act funds to distribute as relief for customers who have been affected by COVID-19 and are behind on their bills. You can apply here, on our website, fill out a paper application, or you can call the Public Works Department at 434-836-7135 to learn more and apply. 

Small Business Assistance Grants Information


Pittsylvania County Small Business Assistance Grants

Pittsylvania County recently received a $330,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for a small business assistance program. As many as 20 local businesses will receive up to $15,000 for past and future expenses, including rent and mortgage assistance and the purchase of supplies and personal protection equipment. Any small Pittsylvania COunty business with less than 20 full-time employees (20 hours or more weekly) is eligible to apply, but companies in hard-hit industries like tourism, retail, and food and beverage will be scored higher during the application process. You can apply here, on our website, or fill out a paper application, which should be returned to Pittsylvania County, PO Box 426, Chatham, VA 24531, ATTN: Susan McCulloch.

The first wave of applications is already under review, but applications are still being accepted and funding is still available. 

Other Business Resources 

If your business is struggling to make ends meet or has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, there are plenty of resources available for you. Please check out the following sites to learn more about the many resources on the local, state, and federal levels that are available to area businesses.Both Danville and Pittsylvania County Economic Development and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance have a host of available resources.

RegulationsStanding together logo

After essentially all public events were shut down for several months during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Phase Three of reopening Virginia began in July. Surging cases later in the year brought on additional restrictions in November and December. Under the current rules from Governor Northam's Executive Order Seventy-Two, there are some 

  • Limiting all social gatherings to 10 people. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. 
  • Masks are required for every Virginian five and over in indoor settings outside of their own household.
  • All Virginians must remain at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless travelling to or from work, getting food, or seeking medical attention. 
  • All restaurants and food establishments must close by midnight
  • All employees that are able to telework should continue to do so. 

Even as businesses and restaurants are open and people venture out more, it is essential that we all continue to maintain social distancing and wear masks to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.