Sussex joins others in declaring local emergency, closes offices over COVID-19

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: March 17, 2020 | 5:55 p.m.

SUSSEX – Sussex County Administration has closed all county offices to the public effective Immediately as of March 17, 2020 in an effort to reduce face-to-face contact with the public to lower the spread of COVID-19, novel coronavirus.

Other Sussex County Closings:

  • The March 19, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting has been cancelled due to the National, State and local emergency that has been declared.
  • Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 has been canceled
  • Sussex General District Court dockets cancelled for March 17th and 24th. Notices will be sent regarding new court dates.

Susan Seward, Chairman of the Sussex County Board of Supervisors, when asked about the closings, said, “There are several other things that the public needs to know.”

“Though these closures have been made for the time being in light of the Coronavirus emergency situation, that does not mean that employees are not working for the citizens,” she said Tuesday. “We are eliminating face-to-face contact, but for anyone who needs to leave documents for the county including building permit applications, there is a drop box outside the county administrator’s door that will be checked daily.”

Seward continued, “We are setting up telecommunicating options for those county employees where that might become necessary. We have ensured that county payroll will be processed on-time.”

Animal Shelter operations are continuing as usual, so if there are any animal control situations do not hesitate to call animal control or the Sheriff’s office. And, as always, if you have issues, do not hesitate to reach out to your  county supervisor,” the chairman closed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reported 67 cases of COVID-19, with nearly 1,030 people tested. Of those cases, there have been two deaths.

Roughly a dozen cases each have been confirmed in Arlington, Fairfax, and James City County. Closer to Southside Virginia, positive cases were reported in Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield County.

No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Crater Health District, which includes the Tri-Cities, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Greensville, and Emporia.

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Information about COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: or Also, consult for the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has also activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

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