Bedford County leaders announce new coronavirus aid hotline

'So let’s call and bring in all of our concerns and we will address it. We will find an answer.”

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – On Monday, Leaders in Bedford County announced the opening of a new coronavirus aid hotline for residents in the county and the town of Bedford.

Representatives of multiple Bedford County Departments developed a system geared to meet the evolving needs of the community. This new aid will focus on coronavirus situations that may impact diverse segments of the community due to social distancing, isolation, unemployment, and any other unforeseen events yet to come due to the pandemic.

This collaboration is representative of the local government and public safety community.

County Administrator Robert Hiss, Sheriff Mike Miller, Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman and Bedford County Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Jones discussed the details, intent and capacity of this effort.

This new initiative will be for all Bedford County citizens and will also have a special concentrated effort for those 60 or older.

Bedford County officials said most people are prepared to ride out a snowstorm or weather event at home for a couple of days, but they do not know know how long this outbreak will last and how long people will need to stay at home and distance themselves from others.

“Our community is resilient in a lot of ways. We’re typically used to ice storms or other natural events, where our community members are trained or can shelter in place for three or four days, but this is not three or four days," said Hiss.

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