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Posted on: March 16, 2020

News Release - Town Manager Issues Declaration of Local Emergency

PURCELLVILLE, Va. March 16, 2020 — In response to the current public health crisis, a Declaration of Local Emergency has been issued by the Purcellville Town Manager, David A. Mekarski.  This follows the declaration of a statewide emergency from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam last week and the declaration of local emergency today by Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet. 


Staff continues to monitor and follow both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Loudoun County Health Department guidelines and recommendations to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  Town protocols, related to the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases, have been placed into action.  This includes the reassessment of general practices, such as public accessibility to Town facilities. 


The Town of Purcellville’s top priority the health and wellness of the citizens and staff.  In an effort to maintain consistency with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Virginia Department of Health regarding social distancing, the Town Manager will be closing the Purcellville Town Hall to visitors, effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.   Town Hall will remain staffed during the hours of
8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  E
mployees will be available via phone and email to provide assistance.  If a need arises, on a case-by-case basis, staff will work with citizens to make arrangements to accommodate requests for in-person service.    

Contact information for each of the Town Departments, is available at www.purcellvilleva.gov.  The main phone line for Town Hall is (540) 338-7421.  General inquires and issues may be submitted via the Town’s Online Citizen Issue Form or by emailing info@purcellvilleva.gov.

The Finance office will be available to assist customers by phone, (540) 338-7093 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For water/sewer utility service inquiries you may email revenueteam@purcellvilleva.gov.  In lieu of making payments in person, the Finance office the Town offers multiple other payment options:  

  • US Mail: 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132
  • Secure 24-Hour Drop Box:  A payment drop box is located on the south side of the Town Office adjacent to the J Street side parking lot.
  • Additional Payment Options: including electronic payment options, can be found at www.purcellvilleva.gov/payments.  


As this health crisis continues to evolve, the Town will continue to make ongoing adjustments to our emergency plans, general operations, protocols and response strategy.  As these changes occur, we will continue to provide updates to the community.


The Town encourages everyone to continue to stay up to date on current information, via the resources below, and to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19:  

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

-Avoid non-essential travel.


Resources:
The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to public health concerns.  To review the latest information about the current status and ongoing efforts, as well as sign up to receive updates, you may visit the Loudoun County Health Department website: www.loudoun.gov/Coronavirus.  If you have specific questions about COVID-19, you may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, (703) 737-8300 or email health@loudoun.gov.

Additional information is also available through the websites of the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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