Governor Northam’s Executive Order 72

In November, as case counts and positivity rates began to rise, we took additional measures to stem the spread of the virus throughout the Commonwealth. In general, Virginians cooperated with those measures. Unfortunately, the surge that began many weeks ago is continuing across the Commonwealth. All five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations. Virginia is averaging more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. Virginia’s PCR percent test positivity rate is at 11.1 percent, an increase from 6.5 percent approximately one month ago. As of December 10, 2020, all but one health region reported a PCR test positivity rate at or above ten percent. Hospitalizations have increased by approximately 83 percent in the last four weeks. COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations have been increasing for 33 days and the statewide rate (4.4 per 100,000 persons) has exceeded the threshold of concern (3.5 per 100,000 persons) for the rate of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations. Since this pandemic began in March, we have learned that socialization with persons outside of your household and sustained activities in indoor settings contribute significantly to the transmission of the virus. Virginians must continue to practice the measures that we know work to stem the spread of the virus: wash your hands, avoid touching your face, avoid gatherings, and wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors. Therefore, additional measures are necessary to protect public health and stem the spread of COVID-19.

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A Message From Your Treasurer

Middlesex County 2020 Tax Notice:    The 2020 second installment Middlesex County Real Estate Tax and the annual Personal Property bills have been mailed out. The due date for payment of these bills is December 7, 2020. By law, payments made in the Treasurer's Office or postmarked with the date of Monday, December 7, 2020 or before will be accepted as timely. Accounts remaining unpaid after December 7, 2020 will be subject to additional charges as provided by the Code of Virginia. Please check your bills for completeness upon receipt. By law, failure to receive a bill does not relieve the taxpayer of any additional charges that will accrue for failure to pay by the due date. The Treasurer's Office is located in the Woodward Building in the courthouse complex in Saluda. A drop box for 24 hour payment service is also available at this location. The inside office building is closed to the public because of the COVID-19 virus, however, staff will be available to collect payments through the front window of the treasurer’s office building during normal business hours. If taxes are paid during office hours please bring exact cash, money order or check. For your convenience - Taxes can be paid at any “local - Middlesex” Sona, BB&T(Truist) or C&F Bank before December 7, 2020 and accepted as timely. Questions: If you have questions, please contact the Treasure's office at (804) 758-5302 or by email at kthrift@co.middlesex.va.us. Kathy S. Thrift Treasurer