Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Northampton County, VA Government Response to COVID-19

Updates about business operations and important notices.
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PUBLIC NOTICE


Effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Northampton County Administration Building is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

State and Federal recommendations for social distancing and use of face coverings will be followed while conducting business in the building. Citizens are encouraged to continue to conduct their business by phone, email or other on-line options whenever possible.


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. 



Call Ahead


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

Shore Delivery Corps


The Eastern Shore’s battle against COVID-19 has a new battalion of warriors --the Shore Delivery Corps. Starting Monday, April 6, healthy volunteers will pick up food and medications and deliver them safely to people who are most in danger of becoming seriously ill from the virus.
The Shore Delivery Corps’ mission is to keep vulnerable people home, and out of public places. If a person is over 65, or has existing health problems such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart or lung diseases, they may suffer more if exposed to the virus. The Shore Delivery Corps wants to prevent that, if possible.

To get help or to volunteer, call 801-9950, or email shoredeliverycorps@gmail.com. Volunteers will go to the store after you order and pay for the products as you usually do. If you need help ordering what you need, the volunteers will assist you. Then they will bring the bags to your doorstep, clean and virus free.

Shore Delivery Corps serves under the umbrella of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation and the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation gave the Corps $25,000, and the United Way donated $2,000 toward the mission.

“Working together, we can all make a difference in preserving the lives and good health of our fellow citizens who are at the greatest risk of serious complications from COVID-19,” said Corps leader Jeff Holland. “Help us by volunteering to make deliveries, to answer calls, or to educate our fellow citizens who are at risk the importance of staying home.”

To learn more about the Shore Delivery Corps, visit the partners’ websites at Eastern Shore of VA Community Foundation or Eastern Shore United Way

Community Food Task Force 

The Community Food Task Force is working with the Northampton County Public Schools to distribute food to children until the school food program is up and running again. The Task Force will also continue to meet to create strategies to address any possible future interruptions to the school food program. The Northampton County Education Foundation (NCEF) is spearheading this effort, in partnership with The Food Bank of the Eastern Shore, Shore Delivery Corps, The Shanty Restaurant in Cape Charles and the Oyster Farm. The initiative is being directly coordinated with the Northampton County Public Schools.



 

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

 


Stop the Spread of Germs
Please click on the infographic to enlarge and for an accessible PDF version.



Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  


Eastern Shore Rural Health has issued the following patient guidelines:



Patients who are sick please call ahead prior to going to an Eastern Shore Rural Health center. Telemedicine visits (by phone or video) are available for sick patients.

Patients with routine MEDICAL appointments will be contacted to either schedule a telemedicine visit (by phone or video) or to reschedule an in-person appointment for a later time. Refills will be taken care of during call. Patients with refill needs who don’t have an appointment scheduled contact your center by calling or patient portal.

WELL CHILD appointments can be done via a telemedicine appointment (by phone or video), with vaccinations then given during a quick visit to the center. Parents will be contacted to arrange well child checks. NO in-person well child appointments at this time. Newborn checks for babies are being done at the centers.

DENTAL services limited to EMERGENCY TREATMENT ONLY at Atlantic and Franktown centers ONLY. Dental patients with an urgent need should CALL BEFORE coming in.

Late hours (after 5 p.m.) suspended at all centers.
For more information, you can call Eastern Shore Rural Health at (757) 414-0400 or visit esrh.org.


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.