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

Emergency Relief Fund for Grayson County

276-200-4654

“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!”

 

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COVIDWISE is the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing in response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to contact and give guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. This technique will be an essential part of transitioning back to regular daily life while managing the risk of further outbreaks.  

COVIDWISE is designed to notify users when they have been in contact with other users that have tested positive for COVID-19. The app is built on Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification system that allows smartphones to exchange anonymous keys over Bluetooth. These anonymous keys change daily to protect your identity. Each phone shares its own daily anonymous key and stores the anonymous keys of nearby devices locally (i.e. on the user’s phone) for 14 days. When people who have downloaded the app are near each other for a period of time determined by VDH to represent a risk (a period which is updated based on the latest research), their phones exchange anonymous keys, and each saves the anonymous key of the other phone. Alongside the anonymous key, phones estimate the contact risk of exchange using the date, time, and duration of the contact and the strength of the Bluetooth signal (to approximate distance). Contact risk is used to determine if a user is notified of potential exposure and is not shared with any user.

The app can be downloaded in the Apple and Google Play store, simply search COVIDWISE

Additional information: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise/

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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 https://unitedwayswva.org/covid19/
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