Spotsylvania County asks for help and cooperation from businesses and residents as a critical period in the fight against the spread of novel coronavirus approaches. Experts now predict an earlier peak in COVID-19 cases in Virginia than previously projected. New estimates show the state having the highest number of cases in late April, instead of late May.
On behalf of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, we would like to thank our business community for doing its part and following the Governor’s Executive Order 53, and enforcing the 10-patron limit, as well as practicing social distancing. We also want to take this opportunity to remind businesses how important it is to continue following these rules, especially as we approach this critical time in our fight against COVID-19.
"We are all in this together and we must all do our part to help reduce the spread of the virus in our area, " says Matthew Embrey, Division Chief of Emergency Management & Logistics, Spotsylvania County Department of Fire and Rescue. "The community’s appropriate response in the coming days and weeks is our best weapon in this fight. We are asking for the public’s help to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during this very critical time frame, thereby decreasing numbers of serious illnesses and deaths in Spotsylvania."
What businesses can do:
- Continue following Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 Restrictions on Businesses
- Continue enforcing the 10-patron limit in essential stores and businesses that remain open
- Continue practicing social distancing that permits customers and employees to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and others at all times
What residents can do:
- Continue following Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55 Stay-at-Home; stay home as much as possible and make limited trips to obtain food and medications while attempting to maintain social distancing.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for wearing cloth face coverings in public to reduce the spread of the virus from asymptomatic individuals.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under 2-years-old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Continue following infection prevention and control measures, such as washing hands, coughing/sneezing into a tissue or sleeve and not touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- Call your doctor if you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms.
- Seek necessary medical care; don’t avoid seeking non-COVID-19-related emergency medical care due to fear of virus transmission.
- Check on seniors to make sure they are okay while practicing social distancing; offer to pick up items or medications for them while making your own limited trips to grocery stores and pharmacies.
- Stay informed with accurate, up-to-date information by monitoring the following websites: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ , http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/ and www.cdc.gov/covid19
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