NRV health task force continues series of online COVID-19 town hall meetings

CHRISTIANSBURG — The New River Valley Public Health Task Force will host the next installment of its interactive, virtual town hall series on COVID-19 and local government today, Wednesday, May 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. All area residents are invited to participate.

This is the third 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 the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski, the City of Radford and the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

The upcoming dates, topics and invited panelists in the series are as follows:

May 27: Local/Small Business — Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.; the Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski counties Chambers of Commerce; Giles County Tourism, the Radford Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

June 3: Education/K-12 — Radford Public Schools; and Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties public schools.

June 10:- Education/Colleges and Universities — New River Community College, Radford University, Virginia Tech.

The public may submit questions anytime as follows: in writing at; by voicemail recording at 540-391-0385; and on Twitter with the hashtag #NRVStrongerTogether.

Written questions can be submitted during each town hall at and will be addressed as time allows.

The town halls will stream live at and will be 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 and, 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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