Election Information: November 3rd, 2020.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Awards 2020 Lead Through Service Scholarship to Jaelyn Szerokman
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and County Administration continues to fulfil their priority of fostering local leadership development and bolstering service to the community through the personal sponsorship of their Lead Through Service Scholarship. This year’s selected recipient of the 2020 Lead Through Service Scholarship was Jaelyn Szerokman.
“It is important we meaningfully invest in developing our next generation of local leaders and continue to cultivate a mindset in our youth of continued service back to the community that they love and who loves them,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We will be relying on our home-grown and talented leaders like Jaelyn to return to Pulaski County and serve as our teachers, our nurses, our business leaders, our entrepreneurs and our workforce that carries out the future of our community.”
The competitive scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pulaski County High School student who demonstrates leadership through serving his or her community and plans to continue to contribute to the community upon completion of their formal education. The annual scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.00 and can be utilized at any two- or four-year institution or technical degree program.
“I am delighted to contribute to this important cause and invest in our County’s future through making investments in our youth,” stated Joe Guthrie, Chair, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “There is no better way to raise future leaders than to instill in them an appreciation and value of service to their community. We can do that best by demonstrating community service through volunteering, by creating diverse opportunities for them to actively participate in service to their community, and by directly investing in them through initiatives like this scholarship.”
The annual competitive scholarship is funded personally by each individual member of the Board of Supervisors as well as the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrator and certain County staff who share the leadership development vision. There are NO taxpayer’s monies involved with the scholarship and it is entirely voluntary. The members of the Board of Supervisors are as follows: Joe Guthrie, Chair, Mr. Charles Bopp, Vice-Chair, Ms. Laura Walters, Mr. John Travis, and Mr. Dirk Compton. The County Administrator is Jonathan D. Sweet and the Assistant County Administrator is Anthony Akers.
State of Virginia Offers 'Rebuild VA' Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses
Not in conjunction with the Pulaski County Small Business Recovery Grants offered by the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, the Commonwealth is launching their own new grant program for small businesses and nonprofits called Rebuild VA. The program will provide grants of up to three times the applicant’s average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum award of $10,000. Note: The application will become available on August 10, 2020.
These grants are aimed at assisting small businesses and nonprofits that have faced economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible entities include those in the following industry sectors: restaurant and beverage service, non-essential retail, exercise and fitness, personal care and personal grooming, entertainment and public amusement, private campgrounds, and overnight summer camps.
“We are excited to see the state rollout a small business grant program in response to COVID-19 to support our small business community and to help jump start the Commonwealth after an extended shutdown”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Small business is the backbone of Virginia’s economy and they are some of the hardest hit during the mandated closures. We hope these funds will get into the hands of those how need them and prove to be a catalyst for rebuilding Virginia.”
This statewide program is capitalized with $70 million, which means they will be able to assist approximately 7,000 businesses. Half of the proceeds will be directed toward small businesses and nonprofits located in economically disadvantaged areas, including ensuring adequate representation of women-owned and minority-owned businesses.
More details about the program, including eligibility criteria, may be found in the attached flyer or by visiting https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/.
IMPORTANT: A key criteria is that businesses have NOT received other CARES Act funds. This includes EIDL, PPP loans and may also include local government grants.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to Offer Small Business Recovery Grants in Response to COVID-19
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has developed the Pulaski County Small Business Recovery Grant Program to support local small businesses with recovering from the comprehensive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist with the mitigating expenses in response to COVID-19 that are required by the Commonwealth to reopen and to continue operations.
Small Business Recovery Grants in the amounts ranging from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 will be made available through direct application on a first-come first-served basis for registered small businesses located in Pulaski County, who have 25 employees or less, are in good standing with the State Corporation Commission (SCC), and are up to date on all Pulaski County taxes, charges and fees. Priority will be given to those small businesses who have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds.
“Our small businesses are central to the health and stability of our community and it is necessary that we find creative and meaningful ways to support them through these uncertain times and unpredictable challenges”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “The essence of small business is people. They are owned by people, they employ people and they serve people. So when we support our small businesses, we are effectively supporting our people right here in the community on so many levels and with a comprehensive return on investment.”
The two-page application is simple and is comprised of only nine questions and a written summary of how your business has been impacted by COVID-19. Approved expenses that have occurred after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020 are items such as: rent/mortgage, payroll, employee benefits, reopening costs, utilities, marketing, vendor payments, equipment purchases, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies, and new software. A W-9 must be completed and attached to all applications.
“It is important to the Board of Supervisors to dedicate resources to help our small businesses and support the employment, tax base and most importantly the character of our community they represent”, stated Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “The funds we invest in our small businesses during this time will come back to the County immeasurably, and will be part of what holds our community together and helps to stabilize our local economy.”
The County of Pulaski will administer this new program. Forms can be downloaded from the Pulaski County website at: www.pulaskicounty.gov. Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis starting on August 3, 2020 for those small businesses that have not received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. All other eligible small businesses that have previously received PPP can begin applying on August 10, 2020. The entirety of the program is funded at a level of $300,000.00 through a CARES Act appropriation to Pulaski County, Virginia. The Pulaski County Small Business Recovery Grant Program will conclude on December 1, 2020 or at which time the funds for the program have been depleted.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to Offer ‘Out of School’ Program Grants to Qualified Partners Willing to Assist
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has developed the Pulaski County Emergency ‘Out of School’ Program Grant to support the development and implementation of ‘out of school’ programs that caters to our students’ needs in response to the impacts of physical distancing requirements on educational regulations due to COVID-19.
The Pulaski County Emergency ‘Out of School’ Program Grants will be awarded in amounts of up to $7,500.00 will be made available through a direct application and written proposal and competitive selection process. The program grants are for both non-profit and for-profit entities and organizations who are based and operating in Pulaski County, are in good standing with the State Corporation Commission (SCC), are up to date on all Pulaski County taxes, charges and fees, were in operation prior to February 15, 2020 and are willing to attain any required licensures, certifications or approvals that may be required prior to initiating programming.
“A major concern across Virginia is what to do with our children when our workforce returns to work and schools are closed due to compliance with physical distancing mandates put in place as a response to COVID-19”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We need our community partners to step up to the challenge and develop new “out of school” programs that will help our Pulaski County families place their kids in a safe environment when school is not an option. This new grant program is designed to assist with filling this need and we trust we will see new programming materialize as a result.”
Physical distancing requirements has proven to be one of the biggest challenges for school systems and is what is driving the modified school schedule. Currently, the group size limit is 12 (including staff) for children under 4 years old provided age-based adult-to-child ratios are followed. For children ages four and above, including school-age children up to age 13, the group size maximum is 22 (including staff) as long as social distancing of six feet apart is maintained and age-based adult-to-child ratios are followed. Groups of children may share the same physical space (e.g. classroom, gymnasium) so long as physical distancing of six feet can be maintained and children do not mix between groups. The six feet distance requirement is primarily what is limiting the number of children that can be served within the existing square footage of childcare facilities.
“It is important that we think local to solve problems and to do all we can to turn challenges into opportunities using as many of or community partners and resources as possible”, stated Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “The Board believes we will get a better product if we challenge our for- and non-profit community to develop new out of school programs to fill the gaps created by the Coronavirus and we are committed to making an investment toward jumpstarting and achieving this goal.”
The applications and ‘out of school’ program proposals in response to COVID-19 will be awarded based on a competitive basis, with up to 40 points being given for demonstrated ability to implement, operate and sustain program; up to 25 points given for the number of children served by program; and up to 35 points given for the quantity and quality of offerings and services provided to students through the program.
The County of Pulaski will administer this new program. Forms can be downloaded from the Pulaski County website at: www.pulaskicounty.org. Applications and accompanying proposals will be accepted starting on August 3, 2020 and will close on August 31, 2020. The entirety of the program is funded at a level of $30,000.00 through a CARES Act appropriation to Pulaski County, Virginia. The Pulaski County Emergency ‘Out of School’ Program Grants will conclude on August 31, 2020 or at which time the funds for the program have been depleted
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to Offer Local Certified Childcare Centers Emergency Recovery Grants
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has developed the Pulaski County Childcare Center Emergency Recovery Grant Program to support local certified childcare centers with recovering from the comprehensive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist them with mitigating expenses resulting from new requirements and regulations imposed by the Commonwealth to reopen and to continue childcare operations under phased guidelines.
Childcare Center Emergency Recovery Grants in the amount of $5,000.00 and up to $10,000.00 will be made available through a direct application for Childcare Centers in Pulaski County who have all the required state licensures and certifications, are in good standing with the State Corporation Commission (SCC), are up to date on all Pulaski County taxes, charges and fees, and were in operation prior to February 15, 2020.
“We are finding that childcare centers around Virginia are having an increasingly difficult time reopening and operating because of the spatial restrictions put on them and the limitations brought on by their existing facility’s square footage”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Childcare centers are going to need to be creative and resourceful in order to optimize their current space and may ultimately need to find ways to affordably expand their facilities to be able to serve the same number of children and meet the six feet distancing requirement.”
Many of the general guidance for reopening any business operation under Phase III involve properly training staff, putting in place policies and procedures, equipping personal protective equipment, sanitization and physical/social distancing. The general guidance for reopening childcare programs during Phase III are no different; however, the physical distancing requirement has proven to be the biggest challenge for this particular sector. Currently, the group size limit is 12 (including staff) for children under 4 years old provided age-based adult-to-child ratios are followed. For children ages four and above, including school-age children up to age 13, the group size maximum is 22 (including staff) as long as social distancing of six feet apart is maintained and age-based adult-to-child ratios are followed. Groups of children may share the same physical space (e.g. classroom, gymnasium) so long as physical distancing of six feet can be maintained and children do not mix between groups. The six feet distance requirement is primarily what is limiting the number of children that can be served within the existing square footage of childcare facilities.
“Childcare centers are critical for a healthy community and provide citizens with access to safe, affordable and developmental care needed for their children”, Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “Quality childcare services are important to our workforce, our businesses, our school system and of course our children who receive care, so finding creative ways to assist this important community resource with expanding their capacity has become one of Pulaski County Board of Supervisor’s top priorities.”
The two page application is simple and is comprised of only six questions and a written summary of how the Childcare Center has been impacted by COVID-19. Approved expenses that have occurred after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020 are items such as: rent/mortgage, payroll, employee benefits, reopening costs, utilities, marketing, vendor payments, equipment purchases, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies, and new software. A W-9 must be completed and attached to all applications.
The County of Pulaski will administer this new program. Forms can be downloaded from the Pulaski County Website. Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis starting on August 3, 2020. The entirety of the program is funded at a level of $30,000.00 through a CARES Act appropriation to Pulaski County, Virginia. The Pulaski County Childcare Emergency Recovery Grant Program will conclude on December 1, 2020 or at which time the funds for the program have been depleted.
Pulaski County Office of Economic Development Wins the 2020 Creating Excellence Business Partnership Award
The Pulaski County Office of Economic Development has won the Creating Excellence in Business Partnership Award from the Virginia Department of Education. The Pulaski County Office of Economic Development has been selected as the Region 7 winner after being nominated for the award by Pulaski County Public Schools.
“This is a big honor and the award truly celebrates the relationship and partnership we have with our public schools and how we take a team approach in showcasing our great community, our many assets, and our exceptional people”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Economic Development is best played as a team sport and our Career and Technical Education Center plays a big role on our team. We value what the faculty and these students bring to the table and there is not a better way to convey to business prospects the quality and talents of our students than to first-hand exhibit it through their participation in our prospect visitation exercises and events.”
The award is presented annually to recognize exemplary programs and partnerships that promote excellence in career and technical education. The Pulaski County Office of Economic Development shares their community’s story with prospective businesses and industries, they highlight the Pulaski County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center and specifically the many talented culinary arts students being taught and trained by Mrs. Laura Norris. The PCHS-CTE Center and its culinary arts students are contracted to provide catering services for meals and receptions, and to demonstrate the quality of the education and training they receive. Students are ServSafe manager certified, they understand the value of providing quality dining experiences, gain valuable workplace experience and are part of the Team in selling Pulaski County to new businesses from around the world.
“We thank the Culinary Arts Department for their partnership with helping to recruit businesses to Pulaski County,” stated Michael Solomon, Director of Economic Development. “For the last three years, they have provided catering services and more importantly, they have demonstrated to those who are not from Pulaski County how wonderful our students, career and technical education program and our workforce are.”
The Pulaski County Economic Development Authority mission is dedicated to utilizing every resource available to provide the highest level of assistance to new and existing businesses and industries in order to encourage capital investments, diversify and stabilize the economy, retain and foster new employment opportunities and support an environment conducive for citizen prosperity.
“The partnership between the Culinary Arts Program and Pulaski County Office of Economic Development is a creative and innovative way to show our students how important they are to the community,” stated Megan Atkinson, Director of CTE for Pulaski County Public Schools. “Our students cater receptions as part of the recruitment process for potential businesses that are looking to make Pulaski County their home. Through these events, students are given the opportunity to put their industry skills into practice and directly see the office of Economic Development trusts them to market the county as a viable place to live and work.”
The Pulaski County High School mission is committed to maximizing student achievement and share responsibility with families and the community to create an equitable learning environment that strives to develop all students into productive, responsible citizens, and life-long learners.
Pulaski County Helps Virginia Win 2020 Gold Shovel Award
Volvo Trucks’ 2019 Expansion Project Proved to be One of the Largest in the Country and Helps Virginia Secure a Gold Shovel Award from Area Development Magazine
Virginia wins the 2020 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development Magazine with the help of Pulaski County’s economic development success in 2019. The project touted by Area Development Magazine as one of the largest in the country and the largest in Virginia, behind Arlington County’s Amazon and Incentive Technology Group, was Volvo Trucks 2019 expansion project that ranked 3rd in new jobs and 2nd in capital investment. The project had a new jobs number of 777 and an investment total of $400 million.
Virginia’s receipt of the 2020 Gold Shovel Award is for states with a population of 8–12 million people. This annual award from Area Development Magazine recognizes states for their outstanding achievement in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities.
“We are celebrating alongside the entire state for bringing home this award and receiving the recognition Virginia deserves for being a premier location for businesses to invest in and create jobs,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We are delighted Pulaski County could be a major contributor toward this achievement and demonstrate Southwestern Virginia and specifically the New River Valley can pull our weight and help support the Commonwealth through projects like this that are made possible by our world-class education systems, robust infrastructure, unique product, and talented workforce.
The project was supported by the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, the Pulaski County Economic Development Authority, the Pulaski County Office of Economic Development, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and Onward NRV.
Pulaski County, located in the New River Valley of Virginia, is home to nine (9) international companies that represents more than 5,000 advanced manufacturing jobs. The County is considered to be Southwest Virginia’s Center for International Business and the New River Valley’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub.
Read to the Area Development Magazine article.
Opening of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office
The long awaited opening of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is here.
On Monday, July 6, 2020 the Pulaski Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will re-open to the public with regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the following restrictions:
- When entering the courthouse and while visiting the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office you must wear a mask unless you have medical problems that prohibit you from doing so.
- There is a limit of only 3 persons at a time in the deed room/vault area.
- There is a limit of only 2 persons at a time at the front counter.
- While there are two office doors, you shall enter the door that is labeled ENTER but not before checking through the door window to see if there are less than two persons at the counter. If so, you may enter and conduct business.
- There are chairs in the lobby where you may sit and wait to enter the office
- When you are ready to leave the clerk’s office, please follow the arrows on the floor directing you to the EXIT door.
- If you have questions about any of the restrictions, please call the office before coming to the courthouse.
- I encourage attorneys to continue e-filing civil cases.
- I encourage e-recording for land records through Simplifile.com
- Courtesy Secure Remote Access and OCRA courtesy access will not be available after Monday, July 6, 2020
My thanks to the citizens of the County of Pulaski for working with us through the closing of our office!! Please do your best to stay well.
Maetta H.Crewe, Clerk
Citizens of Pulaski County are reminded to complete the U.S. Census
Pulaski County Administration is reminding citizens of the importance of completing their Census form if they have not done so already. In April, Census officials mailed post cards to every household in America, provided instructions on completing the 2020 Census; however, with the outbreak of COVID-19 bringing our nation to a standstill many residents have forgotten all about the 10-year count that has been taking place in the United States since 1790. Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates a ten year census of the nation and a 2020 count will mark the 24th time the country has counted its population.
Assistant County Administrator, Anthony Akers serves on the Census Complete Count Committee and reports the response rate for Pulaski County as of May 19 is at 56.7% of citizens that have responded. The current national average is at 59.6% and Virginia response is at 64.7%. If any household has misplaced their Census information, they may go to My2020Census.gov and follow the simple instructions. It takes a little less than 10 minutes to complete the census. The Census provides critical data that affects the number of representatives a community receives in local, state, and national government as well as billions of dollars in federal and state funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other valuable resources.
During this time residents are reminded that the Census Bureau will never ask you for your: Full Social Security Number, banking information, political positions or money and donations. Pulaski County is asking local residents to help encourage their friends and loved ones who may or may not have completed their Census forms to do so as the results will affect every resident.
Pulaski County Local Government Reopening Plans
Pulaski County Administration discontinued teleworking and County employees returned to a report-to-work schedule. The County is preparing to safely reopen county facilities to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, with adherence to health safety guidelines.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the County also plans to reopen all segments of county outdoor recreation facilities and will reopen all county operated indoor recreation facilities with adherence to health safety guidelines as well as adherence to the Commonwealth’s applicable phased approach reopening guidelines (Phase I, II, or III). For specific questions regarding reopening, please call County Administration at 540-980-7705.
“It is important to denote that we want to safely resume county operations and safely reopen county facilities, but do so with a focus on mitigating any possible spread of the virus to better keep our employees and the public safe and feeling safe”, stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We have been very fortunate here in Pulaski County to have had no new confirmed or known active cases in our community in quite some time, with the only known new or active case(s) being an inmate(s) quarantined and effectively isolated within the regional jail.
Pulaski County has not yet made a final determination on certain summer activities, community events, or parks and recreation operations. The County will continue to monitor national and state reopening guidelines as well as the Governor’s Executive Order(s) in making the final decision on when and what will reopen or resume.
New River Valley Public Health Task Force Releases Working Smart. Working Safe. Guidebook
The guidebook outlines promising practices for small/local business operations as they transition to re-opening in the age of COVID-19 following the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order 53
In anticipation of the upcoming expiration of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53, the New River Valley Public Health Task Force Recovery Team has created Working Smart, Working Safe., a resource for small and local business operations transitioning to re-opening following the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This guidebook is a tool leaders across the region developed for our local businesses,” said Kevin Byrd, Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Commission. “It doesn’t supersede any forthcoming direction from Governor Northam; however, it does provide critical information that we want our local business leaders to have in an effort to help them prepare for re-opening their operations.”
Working Smart. Working Safe. is a resource to help local businesses navigate reopening in their communities amid COVID-19. It is to be used to as a guideline to help serve customers and accommodate employees. The collaborative and comprehensive document was created by the New River Valley Regional Commission, Onward NRV, and chamber of commerce and tourism offices across the region.
“The New River Valley has done a great job of addressing and containing the COVID19 outbreak,” said Dr. Noelle Bissell, Director, New River Health District. “While this virus isn’t going away, we have to learn how to live with it and progress toward finding a new normal. The resource guide for re-opening we’re providing to local and small businesses is a step in that direction.”
Pulaski County Parks and Recreation and County Parks Update
In an effort to help the citizens of Pulaski County better cope with the restrictions associated with COVID-19, County Administration will be reopening Randolph Park for daily limited access beginning Friday, May 1, 2020, beginning at 8:00am.
The following amenities that will reopen are as follows: walking/hiking trails, asphalt walking track, disc golf course, tennis courts and restroom facilities. The areas that will remain closed and off limits for public activities are the Baseball/Softball Fields, Basketball and Volleyball Courts, Playground and Picnic Shelters. These limited activities will be allowed during the normal park hours of 6:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. seven (7) days per week. (Park gates will be closed at 8pm daily) The pool facility is currently under a delayed opening of July 1, 2020 but the pool season still depends on future guidelines for allowable summer-type congregate activities.
Pulaski County remains mindful of the precautionary measures that are in place in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Social distancing measures are required when utilizing any area of the park. We trust citizens will remain adherent to the restrictions set in place for the Commonwealth, prohibiting groups of ten or more people. We strongly encourage park patrons to appropriately wear masks or face coverings when utilizing these spaces within Randolph Park for the benefit of others. The smaller community parks located throughout the county remain open for walking/running and other social distanced type activities. Activities that attract larger groups in a small setting such as gatherings, basketball/baseball/softball games, and usage of playground equipment remain prohibited within all county parks until further advised.
Pulaski County Encouraging Citizens to Follow the CDC’s Safety Recommendations
Pulaski County is encouraging all of its citizens to heed the recommendations of the CDC and take extra measures of precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Everyone in Pulaski County should seriously consider wearing cloth face coverings when out in public when conditions exist that make social distancing difficult.
Although Pulaski County has had a relatively small amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, the New River Valley may be reaching a point of critical mass that COVID-19 could be at a level of community spread. This means you can possibly get COVID-19 from anywhere within the community and you do not technically have to travel or know a person who is ill in order to get it.
“We understand there is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop symptoms or before their symptoms begin. So, we are encouraging our folks to simply take extra precautions with their health and the health of others by wearing face coverings when in close contact with others,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We also want to encourage our citizens not to take any unnecessary risks and to use the recommend safety practices the CDC and Virginia Department of Health have denoted during this sensitive time.”
Please continue to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Wearing an appropriate face covering or mask when in public spaces
- Washing your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Keeping household surfaces clean (including cell phones)
- Coughing or sneezing into a tissue (and discard it) or your interior elbow
- Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face
- Practicing ‘social distancing’ and avoid shaking hands
- Remaining at home if you are sick and avoiding others who are sick
- Staying home except in extremely limited circumstances
The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at: (540) 267-8240. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at: 877-ASK-VDH3
Public Service Announcement
Please be advised of the following measures Pulaski County has engaged in to help keep our citizens and personnel safe:
- Declared a Local State of Emergency for Pulaski County, VA effective – 03/21/20 (Ratified 03/23/20)
- Discontinued 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).
- Implemented mask and face covering protocols for all First Responders effective – 04/06/20
- Implemented utilization of masks for all essential county employees effective – 04/13/20
- Implemented Telework solutions for the safe continuance of local government operations on 04/01/20
- Implemented 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 www.pulaskicounty.org
- 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 for all county employees to within a 40 mile radius 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 Public Service Authority 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 to better 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.
- Developed new County Employee Policies in direct response to the Coronavirus Response Act – Leave & Pay Entitlement adopted on 03/23/20 and effective – 04/01/20
Pulaski County Administration will continue to work with our applicable partner agencies to closely monitor, evaluate and react as needed and will communicate to the public accordingly.
First Responders to Begin Protocols to Protect Themselves
Pulaski County is taking precautionary measures in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Police, fire and rescue personnel have been strongly encouraged to wear masks or face coverings when responding to calls and interacting with the public.
This practice will not affect how public safety personnel respond or operate. All police, fire and rescue agencies in Pulaski County and the Towns of Pulaski and Dublin will continue to respond to calls, but will be implementing this added precaution to help ensure the safety of the first responders and the public.
“Our first responders are on the frontlines of this public health crisis 24-7, and it is critically important that we help ensure their safety so they can effectively continue to ensure ours,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “These brave men and women answer calls that place them at a higher risk of potential exposure, so we our providing them with the proper equipment and encouraging its use to protect each of them, the public and our systems of care from possible coronavirus spread.”
Please continue to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Washing your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Keeping household surfaces clean (including cell phones)
- Coughing or sneezing into a tissue (and discard it) or your interior elbow
- Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face
- Practicing ‘social distancing’ and avoid shaking hands
- Remaining at home if you’re sick and avoiding others who are sick
- Staying home except in extremely limited circumstances.
Should you feel ill, please follow the guidelines outlined below:
Symptoms of Coronavirus - http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Call your health care provider or your local health dept. - (do not go to the emergency room).
- The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at: (540) 267-8240 - Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. -to- 8 p.m.; Sat., from 8 a.m. -to- noon; Sun., from noon -to- 4 p.m.
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at: 877-ASK-VDH3, available weekdays from 9 a.m. -to- 5 p.m.
- Call: 2-1-1 Virginia
First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Pulaski County
The New River Health District confirmed today the first case of COVID-19 in Pulaski County, Virginia. The patient is a male in his 50s, lives within the County, and likely became infected during travel. He has been appropriately self-isolating and has had limited exposure to the general public. To be respectful and to protect the individual’s privacy, no further information will be provided at this time.
As a result of this news, we as a community have the responsibility to take further steps to inhibit the spread of the virus. The most effective defense is to limit your potential exposure. Citizens of Pulaski County are reminded to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to practice good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, and social distancing when grocery shopping, fueling your vehicle, exercising, visiting medical facilities, and completing any other essential tasks.
“We were fortunate to have gone this long without a confirmed case within the County, and we expected at some point we were going to have some of our very own contending with the virus,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “We ask our citizens to continue to be mindful and take the necessary precautions to help keep themselves and those they love safe and healthy during this increased time of risk. I also ask that we lift up this individual as well as our community in prayer and we all wish the patient a swift and full recovery.”
The New River Health District Officials have done an exceptional job preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local authorities will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and in the future will continue to provide up-to-date and reliable information on both the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/) and the Pulaski County, VA (www.pulaskicounty.org/) websites. IMPORTANT: For all future COVID-19 local case confirmations, visit the VDH website dashboard, which is updated daily at 9:00 a.m.
Virginia State Police Enforcement Practices of Governor’s Executive Orders and Directives
The Virginia State Police encourages all Virginians to adhere to Virginia Governor Northam’s directives and do their part by staying home in order to best mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID‐ 19 within the Commonwealth. State troopers, for their personal protection and for the safety of the public, are minimizing their direct contact with the public. All Department recruitment events, public presentations, training, ceremonies, etc., have all been canceled or postponed through June 10, 2020.
Julius Long Day - March 29th
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim March 29th as "Julius Long Day" and calls upon all citizens to observe this day in honor and memory of all of our Vietnam Veterans from Pulaski County that valiantly served our county in this war.