Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

What is Coronavirus Disease or “COVID-19”:

COVID-19 is a new disease and the Center for Disease Control and Public Health Officials are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new Coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the CDC Website for more information on symptoms.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Who is at Greatest Risk From Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
  • CDC has information for other special population, who at this time are not considered high risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness, but are at increased risk of severe illness from other infectious diseases. These include pregnant women and children.

Check the CDC Website for more information on all vulnerable populations.

Information on Protecting You and Your Family

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Click here to see the current CDC recommendations on protections you and your family can take to prevent being exposed to or spreading COVID-19.

Stopping Coronavirus Spread

How Individuals and Families Can Prepare for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency Preparedness

Click here for information on planning, preparing and responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in your home.

What To Do If You Think You Are Sick:

Call the Health Department Hotline at 540-267-8240.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call the Health Department Hotline immediately. If you plan on an Emergency Room visit, please call your destination facility BEFORE you go. If you are using an ambulance for transport tell the 911 or EMS operator that you have symptoms so first responders can prepare.

Click here to find out more about what you can do if you think you're sick.

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects Pulaski County

Pulaski County has engaged in the following measures to help keep its citizens and personnel safe.

  • Declared a Local State of Emergency for Pulaski County, VA effective – 03/21/20 (Ratified 03/23/20)
  • Discontinuing the public’s access into all County facilities (delivery of core and essential county services will continue until further advised) – effective 03/24/20 (The County will utilize email, regular mail, telephones, facsimile, teleconferencing and other appropriate communication platforms in the delivery of services to prevent face-to face interactions between the public and its employees).
  • Implementing a county-wide ‘Nonessential Spending Freeze’ effective – 03/24/20
  • Developed a dedicated webpage within the Pulaski County website to host information on COVID-19 Coronavirus and be a one-stop repository for facts, information and local updates regarding the situation
  • Declared by Resolution a ‘County Day of Prayer’ in Response to COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Temporarily closed all community conference rooms in the NRV Business Center until April 17, 2020 and have closed the facility to the public and are limiting access to only the Business Center’s tenants and their escorted guests effective – 03/18/20
  • Temporarily closed all public access to the Pulaski County Communications Center effective – 03/17/20
  • Suspended business travel to all county employees outside of the New River Valley until April 17, 2020 effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily closed the public libraries until further notice effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily closed the PSA office in Dublin to walk-ins and will ONLY be using the drive-thru window to serve PSA customers effective – 03/17/20
  • Temporarily suspended all Parks & Recreation games, activities and programs effective - 03/14/20
  • Temporarily closed all Pulaski County recreation facilities effective – 03/14/20
  • Temporarily closed the Pulaski County Welcome Center effective – 03/14/20
  • Focusing the County’s custodial services on routine disinfection of public spaces effective – 03/14/20
  • Engaged Pulaski County’s Emergency Operations Center Management Team
  • Engaged Essential Positions for Operations Procedures to identify all essential personnel that are critical to the provision of essential operations in preparation for an organization-wide closure.
  • Spacing out chairs in the Board of Supervisors meeting room and throughout County Administration to continue to accommodate the public while promoting social distancing.
  • Sent letter to Governor and state legislators for inclusion of funding for the Economic Development Administration in any requests for federal assistance to support disaster recovery for our business community.
  • Developing County Employee Policies in response to the Coronavirus Response Act – Leave & Pay Entitlement

Additional Information

Bookmark the CDC's webpage for rapidly developing updates, including about international travel precautions, restrictions and instructions after return from travel at:

Useful Links for Information On Coronavirus and COVID-19

Information for Travelers

World Health Organization

US Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Website

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Information

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

Information for Persons 60 Years and Older

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