Updated: March 31
Tim Baroody reminds folks to take care of our neighbors and community by “Stepping Outside and Saying Hello!” Every evening at 6:00pm please step outside on your front porch and say ‘hello’ to your neighbor from a distance. It’s especially important to help our disabled and elderly neighbors by checking on them during this time.
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw welcomes Fredericksburg with a message from home. "I know we are all getting cabin fever. The weather is beautiful and this is a difficult time of the year for our activities to be so constrained," says the Mayor. She reminds our residents that the CDC, our medical professionals and our Governor are asking us to stay home and only go out for essential services. It’s more important now than ever to remember why we are doing this. Person to person contact increases the transmission and community spread. We know that staying away from each other works to reduce the spread and ultimately stop it. We have to realize any one of us can be a carrier and not know it. Don’t be the person who gives it to the person who gives it to your best friend.
Meanwhile, there is much to be considered in the budget that we must pass this spring. City Council and city staff are hard at work to help identify latitude in tax deadlines and late fees in order to relieve some of the economic effects of this crisis. We will hold our future meetings electronically. You will be able to view the meetings just as you have in the past, and we are working on ways for the public to be able to participate as well. We do probably have many difficult decisions ahead. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding. Most of all, please keep yourself and your families safe by staying home. We do not want to lose a single one of you. Thank you.
Fire Chief Mike Jones talks about the actions that City is taking to limit exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As of noon today, there are 174,410 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with almost 3,400 deaths. In Virginia 13,400 people tested. 1,250 are positive, with 165 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. In local area we have a total of 36 cases: 24 in Stafford, 8 in Spotsylvania, 3 in King George and 1 in Fredericksburg (due to contact tracing).
City government continues to provide full services. No public access to City buildings, but all services are being offered at full capacity: Police, Fire, EMS, trash service, water and wastewater treatment. Reminder, please keep the wipes out of the pipes. Yesterday the City suffered a backup of a sewer line that was attributed to things being flushed that don’t belong in waste water treatment. Even if it says it’s flushable, the only thing that should be flushed is toilet paper.
When should you call 911 for an emergency? When you have difficulty breathing or choking; Allergic reaction to medication or the environment (like bee stings); have symptoms of heart attack or stroke; are confused, dizzy or disoriented; have difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing; or have sudden severe pain anywhere.
Please don’t call 911 for more information about COVID-19. Needing a ride to a doctor’s office or urgent care facility is not something you call 911 for. Also, wanting to get tested for COVID-19 or having mild symptoms like colds and allergies are not reasons to call 911.
If you have questions about COVID-19 please call the Virginia Department of Health call center 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). Or call the City of Fredericksburg City Manager’s office at 540-372-1010 during normal business hours or online at www.Fredericksburgva.gov.
Updated: March 30
Governor Northam has announced Executive Order Number Fifty-Five, which is a Temporary Stay At Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) effective today. This order is not included in today’s video update, but you may review the Executive Order online here.
Fredericksburg COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020
Fredericksburg’s Interim Police Chief Brian Layton and Fire Chief Mike Jones provide a video update today on COVID-19 efforts by our public safety personnel in the City.
Interim Chief Layton reminds our residents that Police, Fire & EMS have implemented progressive staffing plans and use of PPE in an effort to minimize illness and/or potential quarantine. Our 911 center is staffed 24/7 and is prepared to answer emergency calls. Please keep in mind that if you call the 911 center you can expect to be asked questions related to symptoms of COVID-19. The responses received will assist our first responders with choosing their level of PPE during their response. Depending on the circumstances, our police officers may ask to speak with you outside of your home or business instead of inside. And we are encouraging phone reporting when possible for crimes where an offender is not present.
It is also important to note that although our City parks remain open, our City’s playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, and pickle ball courts are closed in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, when utilizing our walking, running & biking trails throughout the City, remember to participate in social distancing and keep at least 6’ of distance between you and other users.
A reminder for everyone to be cautious of phone, text, internet, and email fraud. Bad actors are prevalent and they do their best to take advantage of people when the country is in crisis. Scammers will surely try to take advantage of the coronavirus stimulus package checks or payments. The bottom line is do not give anyone your PayPal account information, social security number, bank account number nor any of your personal information if someone claims such information is essential to sign you up for a stimulus check relating to the coronavirus pandemic. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and contact the Fredericksburg Police Department if we can be of any assistance.
Mike Jones, Deputy Fire Chief shares the number of cases. As of noon today there were 144,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 2,605 deaths resulting from those cases. In Virginia there have been 12,038 persons tested for the disease with 1,020 presumptive positive cases with 136 of those hospitalized and unfortunately 25 deaths, around the state.
In our immediate area positive cases have increased to 33 total as of early today. Stafford has 23, Spotsylvania has 6 and we now have 2 positive cases in Fredericksburg and 2 in King George.
The City continues to provide full services to the public with a reduced footprint since City facilities are still closed to the public. We stand ready to assist you as much as we can through electronic means.
As the number of cases increases, one of the precautionary measures taken by EMS agencies is not allow relatives to ride with the patient in the ambulance and hospitals don’t allowed relatives or responsible parties into the emergency room with the patient unless they have been screened and then only one person at most. This often creates issues where the patient’s medications and medical history are not relayed to the first responders or ER staff in a timely fashion.
You can help by creating and up-to-date medical information, medications and emergency contact list. You can make multiple copies – one for you to carry, one on the refrigerator for the paramedics to find in an emergency, one for your primary doctor and one for the patient’s caregiver, if appropriate.
Things for the list:
- Up-to-date list of all prescribed medications for the patient
- All over-the-counter medications and supplements the patient takes
- Be sure to list the name, dosage, and frequency of the medication
- The reason for taking it, any dosing instructions, the start date and end date
- For prescription drugs had the pharmacy name and number and the prescribing doctor’s
- The emergency contact for the patient
- Any allergies or significant medical history for the patient
A simple word document off a computer will work, but if not available a legible hand written note is fine.
If you have questions about the coronavirus [COVID-19] you can reach out to the Virginia Dept. of Health’s call center. They are open 8:30am – 5pm at: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 that 1-877-275-8343.
You can always reach the City during normal business hours at (540) 372-1010 OR www.fredericksburgva.gov.
Updated: March 29
In the United States, there are 131,366 cases (an increase of 26,695 since yesterday); 2,328 deaths (an increase of 617 since yesterday); and 2,690 people have recovered (an increase of 225 since yesterday).
In Virginia, 10,609 persons have been tested. 890 have tested positive for the disease and 112 have required hospitalization. There have been 22 deaths in the Commonwealth attributed to COVID-19.
Here locally, in the Rappahannock Area Health District PD-16 the total cases reported as of 9:00am this morning is 28. Of these cases, 11 are hospitalized and 17 are at home. The Rappahannock Health Department is conducting contact tracing for all new cases reported.
Local cases by county:
- 18 – Stafford
- 6 – Spotsylvania
- 2 – City of Fredericksburg
- 2 – King George
Residents are urged to:
- Stay at home – practice social distancing
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (warm water above 77-degrees works best)
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a cloth or if not available into the corner of your elbow
- If you are sick STAY HOME AND SELF ISOLATE
A good immune system and immune system health are also important in lessening the impact from the coronavirus. It may not prevent you from getting the disease but will help your body to fight the effects by having a strong immune system. Vitamin C, E and D (sunshine) are especially important as areSelenium and Zinc. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds are full of many of these nutrients. When outside getting fresh air and sunshine remember to also practice social distancing.
Updated: March 28
Current statistics of COVID-19 cases as of noon today:
United States 104,671 positive cases (increase of 21,126 from yesterday). There are 1,711 deaths (an increase of 510 from yesterday) and 2,465 have recovered (which is an increase of 523 since yesterday).
Virginia: 9,166 people have been tested so far, with 739 positive cases. 95 cases require hospitalization and there have been 17 deaths in Virginia (an increase of 3 since yesterday)
Rappahannock Health District PD-16: Testing results are lagging behind as much as 3-7 days, and these results were from the testing completed at the end of last week or the beginning of this week. As the numbers continue to increase you will see the reason many are concerned with how quick this could escalate. Here in our immediate region, we have a total of 20 cases as of 9:00am this morning:
- 13 – Stafford
- 3 - Spotsylvania
- 2 - Fredericksburg (No additional info available on the 2nd positive case)
- 2 - King George
Social distancing is even more important than ever, especially with the good weather weekend, people are wanting to get outside and enjoy the spring days. If you are going out you must practice social distancing indoors and outdoors. We have data to show that this technique works to slow the progression of the virus as it spreads.
In addition to social distancing, we must all continue to:
- Wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry well.
- Cover our cough and sneeze with a tissue, or if unavailable, into the elbow area of our sleeve
- If sick stay home, self-isolate in one room and use a separate bathroom from our family or loved ones.
- Don’t be around sick people, unless you are their caregiver. Take appropriate precautions handling their clothes and dishes, etc.
- Get plenty of sleep, fresh air and practice good immune system health.
- When separating or readying clothes to wash, do not shake or jostle clothing, this can make any virus particles become airborne for up to 3 hours and lodge in your nose and potential infect you.
Updated: March 27
City Council’s new community campaign is called “Step Outside, Say Hello!” and it launched this morning. We ask every household in the City to step outside and say ’hello’ to your neighbors. Practice social distancing but check on folks in your neighborhood from your front porch. This is an important campaign that everyone can participate in. Imagine thousands of households checking in our community… that’s what we are all about! It’s especially important to check on our elderly and disabled populations. It’s simple! Tonight and every night at 6:00pm “Step Outside, Say Hello!” – you can do your part to ensure our neighbors are doing okay during this challenging time.
Jamie Jackson, new Director of Public Transit, states that Fredericksburg Regional Transit has been working diligently these past few weeks to ensure the safety of our employees and the public who use our system. Fred Bus is now offering the same services at a modified and reduced level, to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our customers. The department is doing daily / hourly cleaning of service vehicles to ensure safety. Modified schedules are available in print and online at RideFred.com. The goal is to provide safe service and to transport people in our community to essential locations like grocery stores, takeout restaurants and critical medical care.
Jane Shelhorse, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events, encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! The City’s parks, trails and public restrooms are still open. Public restrooms are being cleaned three times a day at an enhanced schedule. However, we have had to close some of our outdoor park amenities: playgrounds, pickleball, tennis and basketball courts, and the hockey rink - because these are facilities that encourage people to congregate at close distances. Please enjoy our parks but follow the CDC guidelines, no more than 10 people, and less than 6 foot distance. Finally, all spring sports and all programs through May have been cancelled. Parents will be contacted regarding refunds/credits.
Mike Jones, Fredericksburg Fire Chief, brings us the latest statistics on COVID-19. As of noon today, we’re up to 85,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 1,200 deaths. In Virginia statistics are also increasing. We’ve now tested over 7,300 people and have 604 positive cases. 83 are hospitalized and 14 deaths in Virginia. In our immediate area we have 16 cases: 11 in Stafford, 2 in Spotsylvania, 1 in the City of Fredericksburg and 2 in King George.
City services are still operating at full capacity with a reduced footprint. All essential services are continuing for Police, Fire, EMS, trash pickup, water and wastewater. If you need assistance there are many options. For stress and coping, please contact the Rappahannock Community Services Board hotline at 540-373-6876. If you have minor health issues, please consider the Mary Washington Healthcare Nurse Link hotline at 540-741-1000. If you have questions about the Coronavirus, you can reach out to the Virginia Department of Health at 1-877-ASK-VDH3. You can always reach the City Government during normal business hours at 540-372-1010 or online at www.fredericksburgva.gov.
Chief Jones sends a special thank you to the business community and the anonymous donors who have provided or paid for meals for the City’s first responders. Police Chief Layton and Fire Chief Jones express their appreciation to the public. The men and women of our organizations are working very hard and appreciate the community support. It’s nice to see everyone in Fredericksburg coming together to help during this crisis!
Updated: March 26
Fire Chief Mike Jones provides the latest information about situations related to the novel coronavirus in Fredericksburg. As of today, 69,219 cases in the United States. The death toll is 1,054. Here in Virginia 6,189 people been tested with 460 confirmed cases, 65 hospitalizations and 13 deaths.
In our immediate area, positive cases remain the same as yesterday and here in the City we have just one confirmed case at this time. As testing becomes available we expect to see an increase in these numbers. We have not reached the top of the curve. City services are still in full operation with a limited footprint. And all essential services continue with Police, Fire, EMS, Trash Pickup, Water and Wastewater Treatment. If you are having problems dealing with the stress we ask you to contact the Rappahannock Community Services Board hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 540-373-6876. If you have minor medical emergencies please contact the Mary Washington Healthcare Heath Link Nurse hotline at 540-741-1000.
Many of you have pets and concerns about the COVID-19 virus and it’s spread. “What happens if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19, what happens to my pet?” Identify another person in the household that may be able to care for the pet. Have a kit ready with at least two weeks worth of food and any medications that your pet might need. “If I’m ill with COVID-19 what precautions should I take for caring for my pet?” Out of an abundance of caution, practice social distancing and consider isolating from your pet if at all possible. While there are no reports of pets becoming sick from COVID-19, limiting contact is the best choice at this point. “Can COVID-19 infect my pets?” Currently there is no evidence that pets become sick or that dogs and cats transmit to people. “Can pets transmit the COVID-19 virus the way other contaminated objects the way contaminated objects or surfaces might?” Most pet hair is porous and fibrous, which is very unlikely that you will get COVID-19 from petting or playing with your pet. However, pets can spread other diseases, so it is always a good idea to practice good handwashing techniques with your pet, as well as making sure they are groomed properly, and keep their food and water areas cleaned.
Aaron, a local student, provides a kid’s view on how students can help during this time of crisis. “Are you sick of your parents reminding you to wash your hands yet? I am too but you could actually get sick if you don’t wash your hands,” says Aaron.
Coronavirus is a new germ that makes people sick and the best thing we can do help not get sick is wash our hands! Also, we want to cover our coughs and sneezes with our elbow and try not to touch our faces because our faces are like the one weak point on the death star.
Staying home helps everyone stay healthy. Being out of school right now is weird though.
Try making a weekday routine. Mom and I made a schedule to help plan my day. When I’m done with my teacher’s assignments, I have a list of things I can do… I can read one of my books, exercise, or play music. Try to help around your house with chores, like helping with cleaning, cooking, or taking care of pets. And don’t forget we need to call our older relatives to check on them. Maybe we could color some pages to mail to them, they are probably just as bored being home as we are!
And remember, it’s not our job to worry about this, just to help where we can and be the awesome kids we are!
If you need any further assistance you can always contact us at www.fredericksburgva.gov.
Updated: March 25
Fredericksburg City Manager Tim Baroody is joined on our video today by Chuck Johnston, Director of Planning and Building Services, and Fire Chief Mike Jones for our daily update on COVID-19 in Fredericksburg.
The Fredericksburg Planning Department is open for business with half staff while providing full service. Applications can be made online and over the telephone. Email: email@example.com or call 540-372-1179 for planning or 540-372-1080 for building services. The City is doing inspections, and will ask you in advance if anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or is isolation for coronavirus, prior to arriving for your inspection. As a reminder, if you need an inspection, you have six months by state code. If you wish to schedule an inspection at a later date, please consider doing so.
April 1st is Census Day. This is the most important thing we can do as citizens is to complete the 2020 Census. Where we live is what determines elections, federal money allocations and more. Please look for the census mailer that you should have received in the mail and be sure to respond to it.
Mike Jones, Fire Chief, provides a few statistics. As of noon today, there were 60,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 827 deaths resulting from those cases. In Virginia there have been 5,370 persons tested for the disease with 391 presumptive positive cases with 59 of those hospitalized and 9 deaths, around the state.
In our immediate area positive cases have increased to 13 total as of early today Stafford has 9, Spotsylvania 3 and we have had our first positive case in the City of Fredericksburg. Expect that number to increase as more testing is done. These numbers are increasing each and every day and probably will for the foreseeable future.
The City continues to provide full services to the public with a reduced footprint since City facilities are still closed to the public. We stand ready to assist you as much as we can through electronic means. For most of us, our way of life has changed dramatically in the last week and it appears that will remain the case for weeks if not months to come. Many are anxious, nervous and very concerned about the uncertainty with their health, health of their family, income and everyday things we use to take for granted.
Many will be stressed and need some assistance. If you are having difficulties check with your employer to see if you have an Employee Assistance Program available that may be able to help. If you have recently become unemployed or have issues, the Rappahannock Community Services Board maintains emergency therapists available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for Fredericksburg residents at (540) 373-6876.
As a reminder, remember to practice good personal hygiene like washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your cough or sneeze and staying home and away from others when you are sick. These go a long way to protect yourself and others. If you have symptoms consistent with flu or COVID-19 and they are getting worse call 9-1-1.
You can always reach us at www.fredericksburgva.gov.
Updated: March 24
Tim Baroody, Fredericksburg City Manager, provides an update regarding Governor Northam’s Executive Order #53. New restrictions are imposed on businesses, ordering some to close entirely. Prohibiting dine-in operations at food service establishments, breweries and wineries. And limiting all public and private gatherings to ten people or less. With this action, the City Manager’s Emergency Order #1 as amended is being withdrawn effective 11:59pm Tuesday, March 24th when the Governor’s more restrictive state order goes into effect. Find the Governor’s Executive Order 53 here.
Diane Beyer, Director of Public Works shares that the City is continuing to provide services, but with a much reduced team Citywide. Although there is no change to trash and recycling pick-ups at this time, please be patient with the crews if they do not reach your location at the time you usually see them. They will get there. Please abide by the trash requirements and do not place additional bags next to your trash toters. They will not be picked up. Also, please make sure to have ALL TRASH bagged in the toter. Be considerate of our hardworking crews. By bagging trash, there is less likelihood of items splashing or otherwise contacting our crew members.
Belman Roadd and the RBoard landfill convenience centers will now be closed on Sundays and Monday. These changes are being made to be able to maintain operations with less labor.
Please do NOT flush anything other than toilet paper. No Wipes in the Pipes! We are checking trouble spots daily throughout the City, but we are hoping everyone will remain vigilant and monitor disposal of items that are not to be flushed. “Flushable” on a product does not mean it disintegrates, nor that it’s OK to put into the system. Remember that the sewer pipe from your sinks and toilets all the way to the City’s main line, is the responsibility of the home or business owner. So, the clog you prevent may be your own. Grease is another item not to put into the system.
If you see City crews out and about please respect their space and remember to “social distance”. They have families and co-workers they need to consider as well, and if they know you will respect them in this way, it will lessen the stress levels they are working under right now. Thanks for respecting our crews!
Replacement trees will be planted throughout the City in the next few weeks by Tree Fredericksburg personnel, who are contractors to the City. Planting trees is still a fairly healthy activity to be involved in, and there should be no more than 2 or 3 staff involved in each planting. Please, again, respect the space of these folks, and if you must engage them, speak from a distance of at least 6 feet away. The City’s Arbor Day ceremony has been cancelled. Please look for further updates on the City’s Public Works pages. They are updated as necessary. For answers to other questions, please call the Public Works City Hall office at 372-1023. We are still here, ready to assist as we can.
Mike Jones, Deputy Fire Chief for the Fredericksburg Fire Department provides the City’s update on COVID-19 local preparations. As of noon today, there were 46,455 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 593 deaths resulting from those cases. In Virginia there have been 4,470 persons tested for the disease with 290 presumptive positive cases with 45 of those hospitalized and unfortunately 7 deaths around the state. In our immediate area there are still eight positive cases between Spotsylvania and Stafford. There have been no positive cases in Fredericksburg, I expect that number to increase as more testing is done. These numbers are increasing each and every day and probably will for the foreseeable future.
The City continues to provide full services to the public with a reduced footprint since City facilities are still closed to the public. We stand ready to assist you as much as we can through electronic means. We know you are anxious and nervous about the virus and its’ effects on your everyday life. Know that the City is here to provide services even during this difficult times. Our first responders are still answering calls for service and other essential functions like trash pick-up and water and wastewater treatment continue to move forward as normal.
For those that have questions about their health and should they seek medical care, we are working in association with Mary Washington HealthCare to provide you access to the Health Link Nurse Line. It is available from 6:00am to Midnight 7 days a week at (540) 741-1000. This is especially important to not over tax the EMS system with conditions that can be handle by other methods.
We have been receiving lots of inquiries on how to assist others in need. Rappahannock United Way has a feature on their website to assist community organizations by matching area needs with willing volunteers. If you can assist please reach out to these organizations: Thurman Brisben Center, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, and Mary Washington Healthcare through this link http://www.ruwvolunteer.org/need/?q=&cat_id=52506 There are certainly new challenges that we are all encountering with each passing day and volunteering is one way to assist and make a difference in our community now more than ever.
Updated: March 23
Today’s COVID-19 update includes a message from Dr. Marci Catlett, Superintendent, Fredericksburg City Public Schools; Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones; and Bill Freehling, Director of Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism.
Dr. Marci Catlett, Superintendent of Fredericksburg City Schools states that as a result of Governor Northam’s press conference today, all Virginia schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. While City Schools will not be able to answer any questions right now, that by the end of the week they expect guidance from the Department of Education on graduation, standard and verified credits, continuity of learning and grades. They will be continuing the Mobile Feeding Programs.
Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones provides an update on Fredericksburg area statistics and action on COVID-19 here in Fredericksburg. As of noon today, there were 35,418 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with 473 deaths resulting from those cases. In Virginia there have been 3,697 persons tested for the disease with 254 presumptive positive cases with 38 of those hospitalized and unfortunately 6 deaths, around the state.
In our immediate area there have been eight positive cases between Spotsylvania and Stafford. There have been no positive cases in Fredericksburg, and we expect that number to increase as more testing is done. These numbers are increasing each and every day and probably will for the foreseeable future.
City facilities are currently closed to the public to help limit the exposure and slow the spread of the virus. The public can still conduct business via electronic means.
Essential city services will continue to be provide through the duration of this event.
For those that have questions about their health and should they seek medical care, we are working in association with Mary Washington HealthCare to provide access to the Health Link Nurse Line. It is available from 6:00am to Midnight 7 days a week at (540) 741-1000.
Bill Freehling, Director of EDT, shares the news about local business assistance programs. Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) on Monday established a $50,000 grant fund to help City of Fredericksburg (22401) small businesses weather the storm of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Criteria for eligibility, allowed uses of the grant funds, the review process and more will be developed this week. The EDA anticipates publishing the criteria by early next week at Fredericksburgva.com and starting to take applications April 1.
The City of Fredericksburg will likely be matching the $50,000 by appropriating that amount from the Economic Development Opportunity Fund in the current fiscal budget. That would create a $100,000 fund to assist Fredericksburg small businesses in their great time of need. City Council will be asked to formally appropriate the funds at its next meeting, which is currently scheduled for April 14.
The EDA also has a separate loan program for small businesses in place. Many additional resources are available for small businesses, including an emergency loan program from the U.S. Small Business Administration that allows loans of up to $2 million.
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