NRV health task force to host COVID-19 virtual town hall today

The New River Valley Public Health Task Force will host an interactive virtual town hall on COVID-19 and its impact on local and small businesses today, Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. All area residents are invited to participate.

This is the fourth in a six-week series of town halls. Each has a specific focus and features a panel of local experts, who will offer remarks and answer questions. This week’s panel includes representatives from Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., the Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski County chambers of commerce, Giles County Tourism, the Radford Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

The last two town halls will be held on June 3 and June 10 from 6-7 p.m. The topic on June 3 is Education/K-12 with a panel from the public schools of Radford, Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County and Pulaski County. The topic on June 10 is Education/Colleges and Universities with a panel from New River Community College, Radford University and Virginia Tech.

The public may submit questions for the panelists at any time, in writing at http://montva.com/NRVtownhall; by recording questions by voicemail at 540-391-0385; and on Twitter with the hashtag #NRVStrongerTogether.

Written questions can be submitted during each town hall (at montva.com/NRVtownhall), and will be addressed as time allows.

The town halls stream live at www.youtube.com/montgomeryva, and are archived on YouTube, agency websites and social media, and rebroadcast on local cable access stations including Comcast and Shentel Channel 190 (Christiansburg and Montgomery County) and Comcast Channel 2 (Blacksburg).

The New River Valley Public Health Task Force is composed of local health, public safety, education and government agencies that work to provide local residents and communities with information about COVID-19, to coordinate efforts to reduce its local impact and to facilitate community recovery.

For more information, visit www.montva.com/coronavirus and www.vdh.virginia.gov, or call the New River Health District public health call center at 540-267-8240. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. After hours, leave a message.

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