Highland Medical and Government Announcements

In response to the COVD-19 coronavirus, Highland medical and governmental entities announced the following.

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, the Highland Medical Center is implementing new policies and procedures.

In short, when patients come to HMC, they must enter and exit each department from it’s dedicated door. To limit access and reduce the spread of germs inside the building, the stairs and elevator have been shut down, and the physical therapy area is locked, as is the pharmacy. The Wellness Center is closed, and all classes are cancelled until further notice.

          HMC CEO Tish Amirault announced Monday that “The American Dental Association has recommended that all non-emergent dental care be suspended for 3 weeks, opposed to the 2 weeks the Virginia Dental Association recommended. In an effort to keep our community and staff well, HMC DENTAL CARE WILL BE OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY until further notice. The office will be calling to cancel routine appointments. Thank you for your support as we navigate through this together. Please call with questions.

HMC Dental Care 540-468-6440”

On Tuesday March 17th, the Highland County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency. This will allow the county to pursue state and Federal reimbursements if needed, and will also allow the county to allocate resources as needed in the response to COVID-19. They will ratify this declaration at their next meeting on March 18th.

The Board recommends residents follow Virginia Department of Health guidelines on prevention.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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