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Grayson County Covid-19 Helpline:  276-200-4654

Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County


“While many organizations are receiving funds to support communities in Southwest Virginia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and actions to prevent its spread, many of you want your donations to stay in Grayson County. To facilitate this, we have organized a local non-profit to manage and administer the Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County.

This fund will be used to meet the needs of Grayson County citizens who may not qualify for other assistance programs or for whom time is a critical factor, etc.

Donations to the Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County are tax deductible and may be made by check payable to “Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County.” Donations may be mailed to the Grayson County Treasurer’s Office, 129 Davis Street, Suite 205, P.O. Box 127, Independence, VA 24348 or they may be dropped in the Treasurer’s Office Drop Box located in the lower parking lot of the Grayson County Courthouse, 129 Davis Street, Independence, VA.

Questions regarding the Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County may be directed to the Grayson County COVID-19 Helpline at 276-200-4654.

Thank you for supporting the citizens of Grayson County!”



Due to safety measures in relation to the Coronavirus, public access has been restricted. Government offices are still functioning — please contact any of the following government office:

Agency Phone
County Administration 276-773-2471
Commissioner of Revenue 276-773-2381
Planning/Zoning 276-773-2000
Building Department 276-773-2322
Clerk of Court 276-773-2231
Treasurer 276-773-2371
Day Report 276-773-3274
Registrar 276-773-2842
Emergency Services 276-773-8004
District Court 276-773-2011
Victim Witness 276-773-2553
Commonwealth Attorney 276-773-2421
Tourism 276-773-8002
Extension Office 276-773-2491
Department of Social Services 276-773-2452 or 276-236-9541
Relief Fund

Donations being accepted for COVID-19 Relief Fund

Three Ways to Donate:

  • By Mail: United Way of Southwest Virginia, COVID-19 Relief Fund, P.O. Box 644, Abingdon, VA 24212
  • By Text: 21777 with the word SWVARELIEF to make your gift through Mobile Cause
  • On-line at
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Statement of Emergency

Grayson County Statement of Emergency Concerning Coronavirus-19

On 17 March, 2020, the County Administrator for Grayson County, the town manager for Independence and the mayors for the towns of Fries and Troutdale joined in declaring a local state of emergency for the named jurisdictions.

This action, not taken lightly, allows our employees, emergency responders and citizens to better prepare for the likelihood of Coronavirus-19 extending into our communities.

In parallel with the declaration of emergency, Grayson County is also taking the following actions:
• Public access to government offices and facilities is being strictly limited to those functions that cannot be handled by phone or email. Any citizen needing assistance must call the office with whom they wish to do business. If you do not know the number of the office, call 276-773-2471 for guidance. If the service you are requesting is determined to require entry to the building, you will be met at the door to the courthouse adjacent to the main parking lot. This action is meant to maximize social distancing, reduce unnecessary public interaction and help to minimize the potential for spread of Coronavirus-19.
• Grayson County Circuit hearings have been continued until 04-06-2020. This does not include arraignments, bail hearings, protective order appeals or other cases deemed an emergency. Contact the Clerk’s office at 276-773-2231 with questions.
• Grayson District Court hearings have been continued until 04-06-2020. This does not include arraignments, bail hearings, protective orders or other cases deemed an emergency. Contact the Clerk’s office at 276-773-2011 with questions.
• Town government facilities in Fries, Independence and Troutdale are taking similar precautions to those of the County.
• Per the Office of the Governor of Virginia, the Department of Motor Vehicles is closed.
• Public schools remain closed to students. School officials and staff are continuing to develop extraordinary mechanisms for continuing to educate our children while keeping them, their families and the rest of our citizens safe.

We ask you, the citizens that make Grayson County the wonderful place that it is, to support us in these actions as well as following the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Limit gatherings to fewer than 10 persons

We thank each of you for supporting our communities as we continue to prepare. We Are Grayson County!

Press Release March 27


Grayson County and Coronavirus-19

As you know, your county government has been very active for the last several weeks preparing for the possible arrival of Coronavirus-19. Just as this emergency has impacted the lives of all of our citizens, it also affects the administration of our county government.

Our personnel have taken several actions in preparation for the virus so that our government offices and personnel continue to operate and provide critical functions as safely as possible for our employees and our citizens.

Some of these actions include:
• Securing county offices to minimize physical contact whenever business can be conducted by phone, mail, email or other remote method.
• Placing staff on an alternating office schedules to minimize risk and facilitate continuity of government operations. Employees not physically present at their offices are continuing to work from home using remote technologies.
• Cancelling routine meetings or creating the ability to teleconference instead of physically meeting where possible.
• Establishing a Grayson County COVID-19 Helpline (276-200-4654) for citizens to call should they have questions regarding resources that might be available to assist them in overcoming the challenging that Coronavirus-19 has created.
• Updating the Grayson County website with a section ( containing information for citizens, businesses or visitors to obtain information regarding Coronavirus-19 and the county response to it.

I also want to thank the citizen volunteers who have stepped up to staff our help line, shop for, and run errands for our high-risk citizens so they don’t have to go out.

As always, we appreciate the exceptional work and sacrifices that our volunteer EMS providers and firefighters make in their service to our communities, even as their service increases risk to themselves.

And finally, as we move forward in our preparations, I want to also express my appreciation, and that of my staff, for the patience and understanding of our citizens. We have received only positive feedback from our citizens regarding the actions we have taken, in spite of having to find new ways to do what only a few weeks ago were very routine transactions. Our citizens have acted calmly and wisely as they adapt to this emergency that threatens us all. For this and for your support I again thank you. We Are Grayson County!

William L. Shepley
County Administrator