Staunton COVID-19 response: March 24 update

stauntonStaunton Fire & Rescue and Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad continues to modify response guidelines based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health. Personnel have the proper protective equipment (PPE) for responses and continue to work on distributing PPE as it is received. Personnel are diligent while continuing to safely respond to all incidents on the front lines of this pandemic. Across the country, many public safety agencies have lost large numbers of personnel to quarantine during the event. The agencies have several guidelines in place to minimize this risk.

Voter Registration – Voting for the May 5 Election. Registered voters are strongly encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming local election. To vote by mail, an application to request an absentee ballot must be completed and submitted to the voter registration office. Use reason code 2A “My disability or illness” on the application.  A ballot will be mailed to you. Applications for absentee ballots may be requested/submitted:

Applications and ballots can be mailed to Voter Registration, P.O. Box 1092, Staunton, VA 24402, or deposited in the dark green city drop box on the corner of W. Beverley St. and Central Ave.

As an alternative to mailing an absentee ballot, in-person absentee voting is available in the Johnson Street parking garage from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by emailing

Instructions for in-person absentee voting:

  • Park on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Street parking garage near the elevator.
  • A representative of the voter registration office will meet you in the garage, check your ID card, and provide a ballot for you to complete
  • Complete your ballot and place it in a privacy envelope provided by the representative, who will insert the ballot into the voting machine on return to the office

If you have any questions, email City Registrar Molly Goldsmith at

Available Resources

  • The City Attorney’s website has been updated to include copies of local, state, and federal actions that have been taken related to COVID-19. If you’re interested, you can find that information at
  • Augusta Health’s COVID Care Call Center is available to the community at 540.332.5122, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  The call center is staffed by nurses who can answer questions and provide advice in a personal way to members of the community who are seeking guidance.


Stay up-to-date with the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by signing up for our e-notification list at City Announcements will get you all information regarding COVID-19 as it is released.


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