Officials assume in-person classes will resume in August: ‘We need to work out a lot of details in a very short amount of time’
Remember the opioid crisis? Not long ago, it was an awful reality of modern rural life, a relentless calamity destroying lives and damaging families. It still is. Last year, Virginia had more fatal drug overdoses — 1,617 — than ever before.
By necessity, doctors and therapists have had to switch to telehealth to treat patients during the COVID-19 lockdown. But it’s looking more and more likely that “distance medicine” is here to stay.
Faced with a myriad of requirements to combat COVID-19, Rappahannock’s restaurants and wineries continue to move ahead under the first phase of “Forward Virginia,” the state’s plan to re-open the economy.
Country Café Pit Stop is “doing very well,” said Huff, who dealt with his share of financial hardship in the months prior to the pandemic.
The Rappahannock Food Pantry has seen an outpouring of support through donations of time, money and supplies since emergency measures to arrest the spread of COVID-19 took effect in March.
At this point, most Virginia universities say they still intend to welcome students back to campus in a few months, although that could change if there’s a rise in COVID-19 cases as businesses in the state reopen and social restrictions ease.
Traditional graduation ceremonies lost. Assemblies recognizing academic and athletic achievements canceled. Senior trip and prom scrubbed. Time honored rites of passage for Rappahannock students — spring commencement ceremonies and related functions — are falling victim to COVID-19.
As coronavirus-imposed stay at home orders extend into their sixth week, stress is starting to mount on some caregivers. It’s a feeling in-home health workers know well. But private providers, already in demand, are further limited now as they try to scale back their number of clients to minimize the spread of any infections.
This past week, the school district sent an email to the parents of all of its students to gauge their interest in something called the Phone Pal Program, a new initiative meant to connect generations here during this time of stress and uncertainty.
Some Rappahannock businesses are starting to receive funds from loan programs put in place to ease damage inflicted by widespread measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to the county’s local banks.
The idea is that people who aren’t patronizing bars and restaurants can still be tipping their servers as they would on a normal night out. Participating businesses, which include Headmaster’s Pub, Griffin Tavern, Three Blacksmiths, Sperryville Trading and Little Washington Winery, say it’s a good way for the community to provide income to workers who may be struggling to pay bills and buy essential items.
Connie Reid says she can see the stress parents are now carrying when they drop their kids off or pick them up at Baby Bear Day Care on Main Street in Sperryville.
Currently, all the children in the program are from Rappahannock families with parents categorized in the first tier of “essential employees,” primarily first responders and medical personnel.
“We’ve seen how limited we are in our capacity to continue instruction through distance learning. It makes it very difficult because you have to be able to provide equity among all the students."
Bette Mahoney: Founding Member and Past President, Rappahannock Food Pantry; Former Treasurer, Benevolent Fund, Rappahannock Garden Club, Ki Theatre, and Foothills Forum; Former Secretary, RAAC, Rappahannock American Cancer Society; Former Board Member, Headwaters; Fauquier Community Action …
Former Board Member, Friends of the Rappahannock County Library, former Board Member and Chair Library Board of Trustees, former Board Member and Chair of Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board. A resident of Woodville, she’s lived in Rappahannock since 1968.
Dozens of community members joined Foothills Forum, the Rappahannock News and Businesses of Rappahannock at Mountainside Physical Therapy to discuss issues raised in the recent series “Work in Progress,” a look at the past, present and future of the county’s economy.