Bedford County officially issued a state of emergency and declaration of a local disaster on March 18, joining other localities in a statewide reaction to the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution formally states the intention of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and local government to address all appropriate actions to lessen the impact on the community and its citizens, according to a news release from the county. The action will allow the county the opportunity to seek as yet unstated services and benefits from both the state and federal government.

The Bedford County Administration Building, the Department of Social Services and the Parks and Recreation Facility at Falling Creek Center were closed to the public on March 23. Staffing will continue at the offices, on a limited basis, to allow citizens to conduct necessary business as needed.

Taxes, fees and bills can be paid online, by mail or a secure “drop box” located at the front of the Bedford County Administration Building. Other services, such as applications for various permits, licenses and legal forms, can be done by telephone, email or through the county website.

Government updates and information on the COVID-19 pandemic is available at www.bedfordcountyva.gov.