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COVID-19 Altered Schedule

Since Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Wise County Administrator's Office has been teleworking. Offices will be closed to the public, but will be staffed to continue necessary operations. Calls and emails will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours. To ensure everyone's safety, PLEASE continue social distancing requirements.

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GIS Office 328-7110
Litter Control Office 328-1000
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(NOTE:  Visit our Tourism website:  http://www.visitwisecounty.com for Local Cultural Events, Festivals and Activities in Wise County.  For scheduled events at The Glades park in downtown Wise, VA, please visit the Town of Wise Events page.)

LENOWISCO Small Business Recovery Assistance Program

One-time grants of up to $15,000 are being provided to eligible businesses within the district to offset business impacts during the pandemic. For more information, see the page on Wise County Economic & Industrial Development.

All County Offices will be CLOSED on Mon., Jan. 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Writ of Special Election for District 38

LENOWISCO Health District – COVID-19 Notice

Subject: Documentation for isolation, quarantine and release

Due to the LENOWISCO Health District's continued surge in cases and our staff's effort in vaccine distribution, we are no longer providing letters for isolation, quarantine or release letters. We will be posting some documents on our website that staff may print out and sign to verify they meet the criteria to return to work.

Isolation for those who have COVID-19 is still 10 days from symptom onset (1st day of symptoms = Day 0). Those with COVID-19 may discontinue isolation if it has been at least 10 days since their symptoms started AND the person has had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers AND other symptoms have improved. People who are severely immunocompromised may be asked to isolate longer than 10 days and this decision will be made with their healthcare provider and/or public health.

The recommended quarantine is still 14 days from the date of close contact to someone who has COVID-19 (day of close contact = day 0). Critical infrastructure workers may shorten their quarantine to 7 or 10 days if they cannot complete 14 days, based on CDC guidelines.

See the attached graphic for discontinuing isolation and quarantine for your reference.


Virginia Contractors Receive Free Digital Licenses for Secure, Contactless Verification

Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit, the interoperable digital credentials ecosystem, have expanded their 2019 partnership to issue free digital versions of contractors’ licenses to thousands of professionals across the Commonwealth.

These digital licenses, known as merits, can be activated and managed through any web browser, or on the go through Merit’s secure smartphone app, eliminating the need to carry a paper license. Most importantly, these digital licenses make license checks at local permitting offices and jobsites fast, easy, and contactless.

Learn more at ​www.merits.com/DPORcontractor​ or watch the video at https://vimeo.com/461564356​.

Preventing Coronavirus Disease Spread in Your Community

How to prepare and take action for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – follow this Link.

Also, the LENOWISCO Health District has provided additional information – Coronavirus CovID-19 Letter and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Flyer.

"Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund"

A COVID-19 Small Business Loan Assistance Program

Communities across the country are experiencing unprecedented economic devastation as efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continue throughout Wise County, the State of Virginia, and the nation. Small, locally owned businesses - the lifeblood of our communities - have especially been hit hard by the economic fallout from efforts to combat the ongoing global health crisis.

In response, Wise County, in partnership with the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), the Wise County Board of Supervisors, Lenowisco PDC and the Wise County IDA is pleased to announce the development of the "Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund". This small business loan program is being implemented to help Wise County small businesses bridge the gap between current finances and anticipated federal and state funding assistance.

For more information, see the Full Notice.


Effective July 1, 2019 Virginia Code Section 15.2-2511 requires the locality’s audit firm to present the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the local governing body at a public session by the following December 31. If the audit is delayed, a locality must publish a statement that the required audit is pending, the reasons for the delay, and the estimated date of completion.

Wise County's Fiscal Year 2019 audit is not complete. The county has component units that are audited by different auditing firms. The county has not received the audit report from one of those firms. That firm recently merged with another firm and are behind on their audits. The Wise County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report’s estimated date of completion is February 29, 2020.

At their Jan. 10, 2019 Regular Meeting, the Wise County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2015 Virginia Maintenance Code – Part III of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (effective Sept. 4, 2018) for Wise County.  Full text of the Code is available for download --> HERE.

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Upcoming Meetings
County Calendar

Mon., Jan. 11, 2021
Wise County Planning Commission will hold its Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

Thu., Jan. 14, 2021
Wise County Board of Supervisors will hold an Organization Meeting at 5:50 p.m. followed by their next Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

Tue., Jan. 19, 2021
Wise County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its next meeting in the County Administrator's Conference Room at the Wise County Courthouse, E Main Street, Wise VA.

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Register with CodeRED Online, text "WiseVa" to 99411 or call Wise County directly at 276-328-7110 for assistance and don't forget to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app.  

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