COVID-19 RESOURCE WEBPAGE
As COVID-19 continues to have an increasingly significant impact on the business community across the country, we are compiling local, state and federal resources to help our members during this time of uncertainty. These resources will be shared on the Chamber's website at www.dpchamber.org/covid-19-resources.

This resource page also includes our member restaurant and caterers who remain open for business. Please continue to support all of our local businesses as you are able.
"At the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, we are continuing to work hard on your behalf. Whether in person or remotely, we are the convener of leaders and influencers, and the champion for an innovative, profitable business community. Right now we are being challenged to learn new ways to conduct business, to develop networks and together weather this uncertain time. Please know that, with our members in mind, we are working to connect you to resources for your business and your employees and advocating for tools to help you rebound as fast as possible."

Alexis I. Ehrhardt, Ed.D. | President & CEO
If you would like to share comments, questions or resources with your Chamber,
please email  chamber@dpchamber.org .
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
The following events will be offered virtually via Zoom.
A Zoom account is not required to participate, and registered attendees
will receive a link to join prior to the event. Therefore, event registration is required.

If you have questions, please contact Donna Ashworth at chamber@dpchamber.org .
COVID-19 REGIONAL UPDATES AND IMPACTS
When: Wednesday, March 25 | 12-1 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom

During this event, community leaders will provide an informative update of the impacts of COVID-19 on our region. 

Featured Presenters:

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
ISSUES FOR EMPLOYERS AMID A PANDEMIC
When: Thursday, March 26 | 8-9 a.m.
Where: Online via Zoom

Employers are confronted today with the prospect of layoffs, reduced hours, contract fulfillment, health screening of employees and other legal issues. Join Hunter Byrnes and Steven Gould of  Byrnes Gould Law   for guidance on key legal issues for employers during this crisis.

Featured Presenters:
Hunter Byrnes is a partner and co-founder of Byrnes Gould Law in Danville. The firm focuses on business issues, including employment law and commercial litigation, and strives to build relationships with its clients to better anticipate the ever-changing needs of the business world. He regularly advises employers and employees on statutes and regulations, contracts, human resources, unemployment, employee handbooks, and best practices. Hunter previously served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Infinity Global after working for the law firms of Hunton & Williams and Clement Wheatley. He is licensed by the Virginia and North Carolina State Bars and regularly appears in State and Federal courts in both states. Hunter received his law degree from the University of Virginia and is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
Steven Gould  is a principal with the Danville firm Byrnes Gould Law and focuses his practice on employment law, estate planning, civil litigation, and assisting clients who interact with Virginia’s state agencies and regulatory boards. He is a former member and vice chairman of the Danville School Board and is currently a member of the Longwood University Board of Visitors. He is an active member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Law Foundation and on the Pro Bono Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission. Prior to attending law school, Steven – a Danville native – served for five years as a policy adviser in the Office of the Governor in Richmond, where he focused his work on economic and workforce development, agriculture, housing, and executive clemency. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Registration: $30 | Member Rate: $15
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
When: Thursday, April 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom

This virtual Legislative Update will provide access to an overview from state legislators about the most recent legislative session. 
Registration: $30 | Member Rate: $15
A MESSAGE FROM SOVAH HEALTH
Local Employer COVID-19 Screening Guidance

Amid COVID-19, many employers are concerned about employees reporting to work and what the appropriate screening guidelines should be. Sovah Health is completely aligned with the local and state Health Department as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As a local member of our community, we want to provide additional guidance to help you navigate [1] the proper screening methods for your employees and [2] where they should report should they have symptoms and need additional services.

For screening your employees, please refer to the Virginia Department of Health’s Guidance on Testing for COVID-19 .

If your employee answers NO, then at your discretion, you can allow them to report to work.

If your employee answers YES, then they should report to their primary care provider for
additional testing. Before visiting the healthcare provider, please call ahead to alert them that someone is experiencing mild symptoms related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing mild symptoms should stay home except to receive medical care and treat symptoms as appropriate. This includes rest, plenty of fluids and over-the-counter medications. They should also separate themselves from other people and animals in the home.

If your employee answers YES AND is experiencing severe respiratory symptoms such as
chest pain or shortness of breath, please call 911 and report to the local emergency room. In this case, the employer needs to alert the dispatch agent that the emergency is related to possible COVID-19 symptoms.

We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams at Sovah Health are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.

NEW Visitor Restrictions & Screening Guidelines

In accordance with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health [VDH] and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], and with the health and safety of our patients, families, employees and community in mind, Sovah Health is implementing enhanced visitor restrictions and new screening guidelines, effective Sunday, March 15, as follows:

Reduced Entry Points: We have limited access to two points of entry for patients
and visitors:
  • Danville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department
  • Martinsville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department

Screening Guidelines: Our hospitals and clinics have begun screening all individuals
who enter our facilities, per CDC guidelines – including patients, visitors and staff –
based on potential respiratory symptoms and travel history. Our available entry
points [listed above] are now manned with staff to perform screenings.

Updated Visitor Restrictions: Out of an abundance of caution until further notice,
we are allowing only ONE [1] WELL visitor at a time per patient.
  • All visitors should be 16 and older.
  • Exceptions will be made for end-of-life and pediatric patients.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the lobby area.

Visiting hours may change as the situation evolves.

Signage is being posted around the facilities notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.

Though Sovah Health has not yet had a positive case of COVID-19, these restrictions are
necessary to protect the health of patients, staff and community. Check the hospital website for updated information and follow the Virginia Department of Health and CDC for updates.

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For more information, please contact Leanne Roller or Kelli Clay:
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce | www.dpchamber.org
(T) 434.836.6990 | (F) 434.836.6955
8653 US Hwy 29 | PO Box 99 | Blairs, VA 24527