Coronavirus (COVID-19)

January 25, 2021- 

If you are in group 1b you may use this link to sign-up for COVID vaccine. As vaccine supply improves, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that the Carilion and Sovah health care systems also will be offering vaccine as well as some physician’s offices and pharmacies.

If you would prefer a paper copy please print this document and complete the form.  The Franklin County Government Center will also have the printed copies of the document in Government Center lobby, and available at the Essig Center and at the Rocky Mount and Westlake libraries.  

January 20, 2021- 

West Piedmont Health District Enters Phase 1B But Vacicine is in Short Supply.

The West Piedmont Health District entered COVID-19 vaccination Phase 1b today and has been working hard to get the vaccine to our residents as quickly as we can. Our health district, along with the rest of the state, is seeing much higher demand for the vaccine than the doses the Commonwealth is receiving from the federal government.

“We are working on as many alternatives as possible to make the vaccine available,” said Kerry Gateley, M.D., MPH, CPE, director of the West Piedmont Health District. “The health district will continue to request COVID-19 vaccine weekly, but how many doses actually will be received is uncertain. We ask for patience as we gather more information about how much vaccine we can anticipate in the weeks to come.”

Once the vaccine is available, those eligible to receive it include police, fire, teachers, mail carriers and other essential workers whose jobs ensure continuity of government operations. Also, anyone age 65 or over or 16-64 with a documented medical condition putting you at risk of severe infection is included in Phase 1b. Individuals who qualify for the vaccine will be notified of the time and place they will be vaccinated, but a significant wait time may occur until the supply of vaccine available increases.

“Many Phase 1b recipients will get their vaccine through their workplace and do not need to seek vaccine independently,” Gateley said. Smaller and independent businesses, individuals 65 years old and up, and anyone not affiliated with a workplace clinic may add their names to the vaccine list. Instructions on how to do so will be released next week.

“Until then, we ask for the public’s patience,” Gateley said. “This is a huge undertaking, and our staff and partners are working diligently to make the vaccination process as smooth as possible.”

Gateley explained that many community partners are working together to ensure that vaccines are available. Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and Sovah Health - Martinsville have been vaccinating phase 1a personnel since the first phase.

In the meantime, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others: cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household and get a flu shot.

Information about the vaccine and when it will be available locally will be available on the West Piedmont Health District’s webpage and Facebook pages and by recorded message on phone lines at each health department.

• Franklin County Health Department – (540) 484-0292

January 14, 2020-

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase by Health District. Note Franklin County is in the West Piedmont Health District. 

January 12, 2021-

VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response: Please click here to view.  Frequently asked questions regarding the vaccine are answered here.

When Can You Get Vaccinated?  

January 8, 2021- 


December 15, 2020- 

Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine: You Ask. The Experts Answer. Townhall at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 16, 2020.  See full details here.

December 10, 2020- 

Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Access the Full Release here.  For more information about COVID-19 in Virignia, visit 

The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:

  • Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention. 
  • Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings. 
  • Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit. 
  • Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. 
  • Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.

November 6, 2020-


October 30, 2020-

COVID Community Update-10.30.20

October 9, 2020- 


September 25, 2020- 


September 4, 2020- 


September 3, 2020

Franklin County has established a second $500,000 grant fund to support small business recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. View more information about the Business Recovery Grant

August 21, 2020-

Franklin County Creates Pool to Assist Residents Impacted by COVID

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has set aside $300,000 in CARES Act funding to assist local residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Franklin County citizens that have been laid-off, furloughed, or experienced a reduction in hours due to COVID-19 may be eligible to apply for funds to assist with past due rent, mortgage, and/or utility payments.   

July 22, 2020- 


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June 29, 2020-


June 22, 2020- 


Doctor’s prescription not needed to participate; Testing is free

April 29, 2020- 

Still have some COVID 19 related questions? Franklin County is constantly working to answer those. 

See our frequently asked questions or tune into COVID Community Conversations hosted by Cable 12 every Wednesday at 12:30 PM

April 28, 2020- 


April 24, 2020- 

Franklin County Public Library prints PPE for public safety

April 21, 2020- 


Join Franklin County and Cable 12 this Wednesday, April 22nd at 12:30pm for the first in a series of informational sessions on the COVID-19 outbreak and what the public should know about local issues and efforts.

You are able to call (540) 489-8812 or leave your question in the live stream chat.

Citizens can access the livestream here or by this link:

April 15, 2020-

One person can break a chain of COVID-19 infection. Help protect your family and community. Stay home. Wash your hands. When out for essential trips, wear a cloth face covering, and keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Link to our local health district facebook page can be found here. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from a person before they have symptoms. Take action to slow the spread by wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance, and frequently washing your hands. A cloth face covering can be made from items around your home, such as a scarf or cloth napkin. Make sure the covering reaches above your nose and below your chin. Have questions? Please visit the CDC’s website. 

April 3, 2020-

Virginia Health Department officials now indicate the Roanoke region is seeing sustained community transmission of COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases has risen to a larger level. VDH reports we are in a place in Southwestern Virginia in particular where we are seeing many of the new cases are related to other activities, in addition to travel. VDH advises that Franklin County is at a place where we are calling the transmission of COVID-19 a sustained community transmission. The definition of that is when there is greater than five cases, not including family members, acquired in the community. Please note as of today, there are approximately 10 confirmed cases in Franklin County which is one of the higher reporting amounts in our region. 

Please access the complete Public Information Advisory below.


April 1, 2020-

Shentel is offering new programs and incentives during the Coronavirus pandemic to help people access the internet.  Shentel is working hard to be flexible and help people stay connected.  Please access this link for more information.

March 30, 2020-

Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

In Virginia, you can now dial 2-1-1 to connect to health and human services.  For more information please access this link.

Grant Funds Available to Assist Small Businesses in Franklin County and Roanoke Region

March 27, 2020- 


Please use this link to access Franklin County’s 3/27/20 Press Release

Questions about COVID-19 symptoms? Please find a COVID-19 Symptom Checker below. 

COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

March 25, 2020-

COVID-19 Community Hotline: 1-866-604-2873  

Questions about COVID-19 signs and symptoms? Get answers from the Carilion Community Hotline. The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-866-604-2873. You can also learn more about Carilion Clinic guidelines, available resources and our COVID-19 response.

March 18, 2020-

Out of an abundance of caution due to the circumstances associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Franklin County requests all citizens to utilize phone interaction and online services at this time. The County is committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and our citizens while simultaneously providing quality services. To that end, effective March 19, 2020, the general lobby of the County Government Center is accessible where customers are requested to utilize temporary measures for business services and interaction including phone, email, website, and lobby drop box options.

The County encourages each citizen to utilize online services, which can be found at ( or by calling or emailing County Departments directly.

March 13, 2020-

Out of an abundance of caution for public health, Franklin County is urging residents and visitors to educate themselves regarding COVID-19. The County is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, local partners and local health officials to compile the most accurate and up-to-date information.

At this time the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages our citizens to assist us as we work to decrease the threat of community spread.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency concerning COVID-19. With this declaration, the Commonwealth of Virginia is recommending social distancing at this time.

If you have questions regarding a specific County Department’s event, please contact that Department directly. 

Residents are urged to utilize County online resources for services at this time.

Franklin County residents are urged to practice healthy disease preventing practices including:

  • Washing hands often with soap
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces