January 15, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
VDH Launches Website to Notify Residents when Vaccine is Available to Them

The Virginia Department of Health this week launched an online tool to help you determine your eligibility for the COVID19 vaccine. It takes less than two minutes to fill out, and when your turn comes, you will get an alert with instructions for how to register.

The website can be accessed through https://vdh.jebbit.com/amkwk6m1, and includes a form where citizens can input basic information about their age, location, occupation and any underlying health conditions that may impact the time in which they can receive a vaccine. VDH states that the form takes less than two minutes to complete, and the site will notify the submitter which phase of vaccine distribution they fall in. The submitter can also input their e-mail address or mobile phone number to be notified via text message when their phase of the vaccine is available.

VDH has also launched an interactive map for residents to find out which COVID-19 phase their Health District is in. The map can be accessed by visiting https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/phase-by-health-district. Gloucester County is in the Three Rivers Health District, which is currently in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution. Further information detailing the various phases can also be found on that site.
For more general information, visit: https://www.gloucesterva.info/DocumentCenter/View/10154/County-Follows-VDH-Guidance-on-Vaccine-Distribution-PDF-PSA-44-January-8-2021----
Help Clean Up Gloucester on Monday

Have the day off on Monday? Consider pulling a team together to help clean up Gloucester! Visit www.tinyurl.com/cleanglo to sign up!
Spring Fit-Ex Program Kicks Off Next Month

What is FitEx? An 8-week, team-based health program designed to increase physical activity and improve eating habits. For the Middle Peninsula, the spring edition of FitEx launches February 7th and goes through April 3rd, with registration opening February 1st.
Create a team of 4-6, select a team captain, name, and goal, and register at www.fit-ex.org (starting February 1st). On February 7th, get started (alone or as a team socially distanced)! Track your walking and exercise and monitor your fruit and vegetable intake!
Gloucester's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Launches Online Newsletter

Gloucester's Parks, Recreation and Tourism's new newsletter "The Rec Report" will be sent out each month to its subscribers. Be sure to subscribe and it will be emailed to you directly to keep you up to date with things happening at Gloucester PRT!

Click to sign up for the newsletter: https://conta.cc/3pSueW9

Click to see the January edition: https://conta.cc/38DeGQ6

Route 14 Detour Begins Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Gloucester, King and Queen

Construction is starting in late January on a project to replace a bridge on Route 14 (Buena Vista Road/Adner Road) at the Gloucester County and King and Queen County line.

Through traffic on Route 14 will be detoured for around six months while a new bridge is installed over Poropotank Creek. The project work zone is located on Route 14 approximately one mile west of the intersection with Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway).

The detour will start on Wednesday, January 20, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to follow the recommended detour route:
• Route 33 (Lewis B. Puller Memorial Highway)
• Route 17

For more information, click: here
Start the New Year with a New Job!

Gloucester County's Human Resources Department invites you to apply to the following opportunities:

Human Resources Analyst
Assistant Registrar - Part Time
Custodian Part-Time
Mechanical Technician III

Please visit our website in order to apply at: https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
Help for Families with Persons Suffering from Mental Illness

The Mid-Tidewater Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer Family-to-Family Online starting March 4. Family-to-Family consists of 8 classes for persons who care for or are related to individuals affected with Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive/ Compulsive Disorder, Co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Classes are structured to help family members to understand and to provide support while maintaining their own well-being. Participants receive current information about mental illness, medications, and research on effective treatments, strategies for medication adherence, appropriate ways to deal with crises and relapse among other topics.

Worldwide over 300,000 family members have attended this program and have found it informative and extremely helpful. Classes will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 4.

Registration is required for this FREE 6 week Family to Family course. Call 804-684-1480 (voice mail only) or email namimidtidewater@gmail.com.

For more information on NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness, check out www.nami.org.
SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders Today and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First and Second Draw PPP Applications on Friday – Continuing Dedicated Access for Community-Based Lenders

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at Press_Office@sba.gov , (202) 270-3876.
Go here for more information.
New Post on Money, Health and Other Things!

This week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conclude its series on predatory lending and discuss possible alternatives to predatory loans.

Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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