COVID-19 Resources

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce along with the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation are here to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. We are compiling resources to help you maintain operations and access assistance. We are focused on preparation and sustainment, not panic. This site will be updated as resources become available.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty in making rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). To find out if you may be eligible, visit Mortgage relief applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

Business Resources

Browse the following resources to aid your business and employees.

Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

Governor Ralph Northam announced today, Friday, March 20, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an SBA disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can learn more on the Commonwealth of Virginia website.

Virginia Employment Commission

Get valuable information on applying for unemployment and take a survey for small business owners regarding the impact of COVID-19.

Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge region information for employers and employees.

Corporate, Sales, and Individual Taxes:

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due March 20, 2020 for 30 days.
  • When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
  • The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
  • Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.

Extensions from the IRS

  • Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.
  • Corporations: For C Corporations, income tax payment deadlines are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $10 million of their 2019 tax due.

Frequently asked questions from VA workers regarding COVID-19

As of March 12, 2020 when Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth due to the state-wide spread of COVID-19.

World Health Organization (WHO) FAQ

Highlands Community Bank understands that some people in our community may be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our commitment to you, we will be offering a variety of solutions that can provide financial relief for our community:

  • Paycheck Protection Program *and other disaster related loan programs* in partnership with the Small Business Association (SBA)
  • Loan Payment Extensions
  • Small Personal Loans

Learn More

The nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund was launched by Virginia technology entrepreneur Pete Snyder and his wife, Burson.  Working with other business leaders throughout the Commonwealth, the Fund’s goal is to help save as many Virginia jobs as possible while small businesses await recently approved federal funding.

Helping Hands

See how organizations in our community are lending a hand.

Read the press release and visit their website. You may also donate by making checks payable to Salvation Army with the Memo line "AH local disaster relief" for the funds to stay local. 

Due to ongoing concern with the COVA 19 situation, all DVS Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program office sites are closed to in-person assistance.  Operations ARE CONTINUING via phone and email.  Please contact me at or 5407394236 for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Website Contact number for the Alleghany Highlands – (540) 962-0465 - Cell (540) 960-1593

Tools, Tips, & Things to Do

Check out webinars, articles, and other safe ways to support and be informed.

Up-to-date open Businesses, Public Wi-Fi and Local Dining

*Wi-Fi is available from each location’s parking lot & you are encouraged to use this service during daylight hours.

Alleghany County Governmental Complex 

9212 Winterberry Ave. Covington, VA 24426 

Alleghany Highlands Regional Library 

406 West Riverside Street, Covington, VA, 24426 

Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 

110 Mall Road, Covington, VA 24426 (Access available 7am-7pm) 

Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone (Old Edgemont School) 

451 Park Street, Covington, VA 24426   

Clifton Forge Public Library 

535 Church St, Clifton Forge, VA 24422  

Covington City Hall 

333 W. Locust St. Covington, VA 24426 (Access available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week) 

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College 

Dabney 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 

(Park in front of Warren Hall) 

Salvation Army – 115 S. Lexington Ave, Covington, VA, M-F 9am – 5pm, 540-962-6206

  • Food pantry and emergency financial assistance available during officer hours
  • Donation of non-perishable food items and toiletries are needed. Can be dropped off to the office. Monetary donation needed as well

M3 – Minutemen Militia
– Working alongside the Salvation Army; if you would like assistance, please reach out to the Salvation Army.

Local Office on Aging
– 246 W. Main St. Covington, VA, 540-962-0465

  • The Local Office on Aging collects non-perishable food items and personal care items for seniors over the age of 60 and homebound in the Alleghany Highlands.

Alleghany Highlands Community Services
- 205 E. Hawthorne St. *Closed to the public but accepting calls – 540-965-2100

  • Psychiatric, therapy, and group appointments will be completed by phone and video conferencing. Case managers are still available, and will also continue services through the use of phones and video conferencing equipment. They will also work with you to ensure you have your medication

Safehome Systems, Inc.
– 24-hour hotline – 540-965-3237

  • Safehome is an advocacy and support agency for victims, survivors and family members of domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual violence. We serve the counties of Bath, Alleghany and Highland, the city of Covington, and the towns of Iron Gate and Clifton Forge Virginia.

Alleghany County Social Services
– 110 Rosedale Ave, Covington, VA 24426, 540-965-1780 · To apply for benefits online go to

By phone for ALL BENEFITS-Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Childcare-1-855-635-4370, MEDICAID ONLY-1-855-242-8282

  • If you need to make a Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services report, Monday - Friday from 8 to 5 call 540-965-1780 ext. 241.
  • After hours, holidays and weekends-CPS- 1-800-552-7096, APS 1-888-832-3858

Veterans Affairs
– Due to ongoing concern with the COVID-19 situation, all DVS Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program office sites are closed to in-person assistance. Operations ARE CONTINUING via phone and email. Please contact or 540-739-4236 for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly. Virginia Employment Commission – 540-962-1151,

For health information visit the CDC's website

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