Coronavirus - Comprehensive Updates and Resources

To address the coronavirus (COVID-19), our community is taking a comprehensive and collaborative approach. View daily local updates.

From the New River Health District

Video message to our community from Dr. Noelle Bissell

Audio recording: Facts from the district epidemiologist

Local Updates Regarding Coronavirus


  • Coronavirus update May 15, 2020 - Drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues next week in Blacksburg on May 19 and 21.
  • Coronavirus update May 8, 2020 - New River Valley Public Health Task Force Hosts Interactive, Online Town Hall on COVID-19, Law Enforcement and Emergency Services, May 13.
  • Coronavirus update May 7, 2020 - New River Valley Public Health Task Force releases Working Smart. Working Safe. guidebook for local/small businesses transitioning to re-opening amid COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus update May 6, 2020 - Drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues May 13 and May 15 in Radford and Blacksburg
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 30, 2020 - New River Public Health Task Force hosts Virtual Town Hall Meetings, May 6 - June 13. Drive-thru testing continues in Pearisburg and Blacksburg. 
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 27, 2020 - Drive-thru testing continues in Blacksburg and Christiansburg April 29 and May 1.
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 22, 2020 - New River Health District Confirms First Fatality Associate with COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 7, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and due to Governor Northam’s Stay at Home Order, the City of Radford, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg have canceled spring youth baseball and softball programs to include Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch, as well as all Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth leagues. Refunds will be provided to those who have registered for the programs.
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 5, 2020 - First positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Giles County. New River Health District adds second drive-thru testing site. 
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 4, 2020 - Out of an abundance of caution, the Montgomery County Government Center is closed to both citizens and employees for two weeks, effective at 5 p.m., April 3. During this shutdown, public safety, utility operations, animal control, and consolidated sites remain operational. Read the release. In addition, first responders are now taking additional precautionary measures in response to COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 3, 2020 - Joint news release: Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and Montgomery County facilities remain closed to the public. 
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 2, 2020 - Montgomery County Public Health Task Force will continue to operate a drive-thru testing site, as part of regional COVID-19 public health response. Only individuals with a letter of authorization from the Virginia Department of Health's New River Health District will be allowed access to the site.  The Montgomery County Clerk of the Court provides an update.
  • Coronavirus update Apr. 1, 2020 - Effective April 2, at 5 p.m., playgrounds, public restrooms, and basketball courts are closed in the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg and Montgomery County.
  • Coronavirus update Mar. 31, 2020 - New River Health District creates appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites. 
  • Coronavirus update Mar. 27, 2020 - New River Health District confirms first COVID-19 case in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors to hold April 2, 2020, Budget Public Hearing and April 13, 2020 meeting virtually. 
  • Coronavirus update Mar. 25, 2020 - Recreation Centers, Aquatic Center closed through Apr. 30. Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library branches will remain closed through Apr. 19. Blacksburg Transit limits number of passengers on buses and other vehicles, effective March 25.
  • Coronavirus update Mar. 24, 2020 - The New River Health District announced today  its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the district.
  • Coronavirus update Mar. 19, 2020 -  Montgomery County, Town of Blacksburg, and Town of Christiansburg Close Government Facilities to the Public Mar. 20

View archive of COVID-19 (coronavirus) updates, dating back to Mar. 6, 2020.


Concerned about Symptoms?

(Symptoms of coronavirus -

  • CALL your health care provider or your local health department (do not go to the emergency room).
  • The New River Health District has activated a local public health hotline at 540-267-8240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) also has a public health hotline at 877-ASK-VDH3, available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Call 2-1-1 Virginia
  • Practice good infection control practices: wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, keep surfaces clean, cough or sneeze into a tissue (and discard it) or into your elbow, avoid touching your face, practice “social distancing” and don’t shake hands. Stay home if you’re sick (use delivery services) and avoid others who are sick.


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