By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
In their first “virtual” meeting on April 14th, the Greene County Board of Supervisors received a COVID-19 update from emergency services, and learned of operational changes to Greene’s Farmers Market in response to the global pandemic.
Melissa Meador, Greene’s Emergency Services Manager, indicated as of 4 pm Virginia had 6,182 COVID-19 patients and 154 deaths, in the Thomas Jefferson Health District there are 185 COVID-19 patients and 5 deaths. In Greene County there are 4 cases of COVID-19.
Locally, the EMS supervisor will be controlling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and it is felt that the supply is sufficient for current needs. Calls to E911 will be screened to determine if a COVID-19 infection is involved. The county website will be updated with the latest news on the COVID-19 virus.
Meal distribution is being done at the schools from 4-6 pm. The entrance to the Shenandoah National Park has been closed. All departments in the county are reporting the costs related to COVID-19 in order to submit to the state for reimbursement.
Meador cautioned that no group is immune from the virus and everyone should follow recommended guidelines. Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Martin (Stanardsville) was very complimentary of the job Meador is doing in keeping the county updated.
County Administrator Mark Taylor added that there have been inquiries about the Farmers Market in Stanardsville.
According to Taylor, the market will open this Saturday and follow the guidelines provided by the state. People will be able to order in advance for pick up and for those that enter the market six foot social distance will be observed. The market opens this Saturday in Stanardsville from 8-12 in the morning.
The following restrictions will apply at the Farmers Market
o Wear a mask
o Wash your hands at the on-site stations when entering and leaving
o Bring a list, shop quickly and maintain 6 feet separation
o Let the vendor handle your purchase
o Shop alone, no children or pets
o Grab and go, no eating on site
o Please be patient if the number of patrons is restricted until your turn
o Shop ahead for curbside pickup
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