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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Hummel Field Airport Runway Relocation and Realignment Project - Public Notice of Proposed PPTA Interim Agreement:

The following documents, related to preliminary planning services for the above-referenced Project, are being offered for public comment for 30 days under the County’s “Purchasing Policy Implementing Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 and Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995”. Click on the Document Title to open each document.

Draft Interim Agreement between Delaware Corporation and Middlesex County 

Scope of Work for Airport Layout Plan at Hummel Field 

Scope of Work for Environmental Impact Review at Hummel Field 

Comments will be received until January 4, 2021, and should be mailed to the Middlesex County Administrator’s Office, PO Box 428, Saluda, VA 23149, delivered by hand to 877 General Puller Highway, Saluda, VA, or sent by email to s.traner@co.middlesex.va.us.

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

On September 1st The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office implemented the ability to Text-to-911 during an emergency.

Text-to-911 service will be available for those individuals who cannot safely make a voice call to 911 in an emergency. This will be a valuable service to the deaf and hard of hearing community. Testing for Text-to-911 has been completed in Middlesex County and is available with plans from AT & T, Sprint, T-Mobile, & Verizon Wireless. Text-to-911 may not be available outside of Middlesex County. If a text is made to 911 where that service is not available, a message will be sent back to the phone advising the customer to make a voice call. Some situations when Text-to-911 is appropriate: • Deaf, hard of hearing callers, or individuals with a speech disability • A caller who is unable to speak due to a medical or other condition • Emergency situations that would put the caller in danger if making a voice call • Examples include abduction, domestic violence or active shooter situation When texting to 911, follow these guidelines • Provide your exact address or location • Explain the type of emergency or help that is being requested • Be prepared to answer any questions that the 911-telecommunicator texts back. • Use plain language; do not use abbreviations, symbols, emoticons, or photos. • Messages should be brief and concise. Texting 911 can be done by typing “911” in the field for a phone number. No other numbers need to be used. Texting should be done through your wireless phones text messaging service and not from third party texting applications. Text-to-911 does require an active telephone service plan with data or it will not work. Remember, the best way to contact 911 is by making a voice call. Please only utilize this service in emergency circumstances where a voice call is not possible or safe. The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office is excited to offer Text-to-911 service to the citizens of Middlesex County. Remember: CALL if You Can, TEXT if You Can’t!

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Governor Northam’s Executive Order Phase 1 - Conditions EO-61

Restaurants, Dining Establishments, Food Courts, Breweries, Microbreweries, Distilleries, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms Effective 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020, restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms may operate delivery, take-out, and outdoor dining and beverage services only, provided such businesses comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors, and sector-specific guidance for restaurant and beverage services incorporated by reference herein. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

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