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Thursday, March 12, 2020:

Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19


Friday, March 13, 2020:

  • Bedford County Nursing Home Facility
    In accordance with CMS rule released on Friday, March 13th, BCNH is now restricting visitation to the facility. We understand the importance of being able to communicate to your family members and our staff is committed to doing everything within our power to assist with this. Please feel free to call at any time. 540-586-765
  • Bedford County Parks & Recreation
    Due to the fact that Virginia is in a state of emergency and that Schools K-12 are closed for a minimum of the next two weeks, all Bedford County Parks and Recreation organized athletic activities are postponed until further notice. This includes practices, games, coaches meetings, etc. Please continue to monitor our social media and webpage for further updates.

Monday March 30, 2020:

Bedford Public Libraries Discontinuing Curbside Pickup

The Bedford Public Libraries in Bedford, Big Island, Forest, Moneta, Montvale and Stewartsville will discontinue curbside pickup in order to support the Governor’s Executive Order 55 objectives. Pickup service will stop on Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm. Individuals picking up items should call ahead to ensure their items are ready for pickup.

Library staff will continue to be available to answer phones at the libraries and to provide verbal assistance in using the library electronic resources, including access to over 600,000 downloadable books and audiobooks for all reading levels. Information about current library services, and hours can be found at https://www.bplsonline.org or by calling their local library branch:

Bedford Central Library 540-586-8911
Big Island Library 540-425-7000
Forest Library 540-425-7002
Moneta Library 540-425-7004
Montvale Library 540-425-7006
Stewartsville Library 540-425-7008

COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Available

Funding is available to support small businesses (250 employees or less) through the COVID-19 pandemic.  The application window is March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020.  More information can be found via Virginia Career Works website HERE

Bedford County Call Center Announced

During a press conference on Monday, March 30th, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by other local government officials, announced the opening of the Bedford County Call Center. 

The mission of this center is to help Bedford County residents feel as safe as possible, while connecting them with resources that may address their needs.  The Bedford County Call Center is set up to address non-emergency questions, while allowing emergency dispatchers to focus specifically on emergency calls.  All emergencies should still dial 9-1-1. 

To reach the call center, residents may call 540-587-0720 or email COVID19-BedfordHelp@BedfordCountyVA.Gov.  Phones will be answered Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm.  A voicemail has been set up for calls that come in outside of those staffed hours. 

Bedford County Call Center

Thursday April 02, 2020:

2020.04.02 - Business Loans and Grants - social media post

Friday, April 03, 2020:

Bedford County Encourages Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

Bedford, Va. (April 3, 2020) – Bedford County residents can now sign up to receive emergency notifications and other information via the “Alert Bedford” emergency notification system.  Notifications can be received via landline, mobile phone, email, and text message.  

Sign up today for alerts by visiting http://alertbedford.com.  This page will bring you to a log-in screen.  Select the “Sign Up” option at the top of the page in order to register. 

If you have a listed landline number, please be aware that your landline will be automatically enrolled into the Alert Bedford system.  The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will be calling all County landline numbers, beginning next week, with a recorded message to share information about the new Bedford County Call Center that was set up to manage non-emergency questions related to the COVID-19 situation.  Residents with landlines should be expecting these phone calls next week.  

Bedford County Call Center:

  • This call center is set up to address non-emergency questions.  Its mission is to help Bedford County residents feel as safe as possible, while connecting them with the resources that may address their needs.
  • Dial 540-587-0720 or email COVID19-BedfordHelp@BedfordCountyVA.Gov.  Phones will be answered Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm.  A voicemail has been set up for calls that come in outside of those staffed hours.  All emergencies should still dial 9-1-1.

Local Information Resources:

National and State Resources:
Citizens are also encouraged to visit the links below for the most current information.


National Food Supply Considerations

As Bedford County's largest industry, agriculture is an important part of our community.  Click HERE to access a resource written by agriculture specialists at Purdue, that provides context regarding the current status of our national food supply. 


 Important Information Regarding the Tuesday June 23, 2020 Primary

Absentee voting for the Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Primary begins statewide on Saturday, May 9, 2020 Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office during normal office hours or by mail.

To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.  Voters can request an absentee ballot online at elections.virginia.gov/absentee.

Important dates to remember if voting in the Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Primary Election:

  •  The deadline to register to vote for the Primary Election is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

  •  In-person absentee voting is available in Bedford County Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

  •  The deadline to vote absentee in-person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

  •  The deadline for the voter registration office to receive absentee ballots is 7 p.m. on: Election Day, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 

If requesting an absentee ballot by mail, the Department of Elections advises applying as early as possible to account for any potential delays in mail delivery. The Governor is encouraging voters to use the absentee voting process to vote from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia law requires voters to present an acceptable photo ID when voting in-person. For a list of acceptable forms of photo identification, or to find out how to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, please visit elections.virginia.gov/voterid