COVID-19 Updates Archive - October 2020
- Oct. 30 Updates
- Oct. 28 Updates
- Oct. 27 Updates
- Oct. 26 Updates
- Oct. 23 Updates
- Oct. 21 Updates
- Oct. 20 Updates
- Oct. 19 Updates
- Oct. 16 Updates
- Oct. 15 Updates
- Oct. 9 Updates
- Oct. 8 Updates
- Oct. 7 Updates
- Oct. 6 Updates
- Oct. 1 Updates
Oct. 30, 2020 Update - 12:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians
Re-Employing Virginians initiative will provide scholarships to enroll in programs in high-demand fields
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis pursue workforce training in a high-demand field. The new Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative will provide scholarships to eligible individuals to enroll in a workforce or community college program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education.
The initiative will provide one-time REV scholarships of $3,000 to register in a qualifying full-time workforce program and $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Local Workforce Development Areas will administer the CARES Act funding for the REV initiative, with $27 million allocated to VCCS for statewide programs and $3 million for the two workforce areas (PDF). Together Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia have experienced nearly 50 percent of all the initial and continuing unemployment claims.
Interested individuals should contact their local community college as soon as possible to apply before the Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 enrollment deadline.
View information about eligibility criteria and applying for a REV scholarship.
Oct. 28, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Non-profits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund
Program allotted additional $30 million, eligibility expanded
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the amount of grant money businesses receive.
Rebuild VA launched in August with $70 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Governor Northam is directing an additional $30 million to support the expansion of the program. Businesses with less than $10 million in gross revenue or fewer than 250 employees will be eligible under the new criteria, and the maximum grant award will increase from $10,000 to $100,000.
Rebuild VA will now be open to all types of Virginia small businesses that meet size and other eligibility requirements, from restaurants and summer camps, to farmers and retail shops. Businesses that previously received a Rebuild VA grant will receive a second award correlated with the updated guidelines.
Rebuild VA is administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Eligible businesses and nonprofits must demonstrate that their normal operations were limited by Governor Northam’s Executive Orders Fifty-Three or Fifty-Five, or that they were directly impacted by the closure of such businesses. In September, the program expanded eligibility to supply chain partners of businesses whose normal operations were impacted by the pandemic.
Rebuild VA funding may be utilized for the following eligible expenses:
- Payroll support, including paid sick, medical or family leave, and costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during those periods of leave;
- Employee salaries;
- Mortgage payments, rent and utilities;
- Principal and interest payments for any business loans from national or state-chartered banking, savings and loan institutions, or credit unions, that were incurred before or during the emergency;
- Eligible personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting materials, or other working capital needed to address COVID-19 response.
For additional information about Rebuild VA and how to submit an application, visit the Rebuild VA webpage.
Oct. 28, 2020 Update - 11:30 a.m.
Chesterfield County Economic Development Updates
Back in Business Grant Round Three; Childcare Provider Grant Recipients
Back in Business Grant: Round Three Applications Open Thursday, Nov. 12
Round Three of the Back in Business Grants will open Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. New criteria will enable the grants to be available to a broader segment of Chesterfield’s small businesses, including non-profits. Round Three will also allow for a larger range of annual gross revenues to qualify. Grants in Round Three will be awarded on a sliding scale, based on annual revenues.
Visit the Back in Business Grant page for more information regarding Round Three, including eligibility criteria, required documentation and the secure online application portal.
Childcare Provider Grant Recipients
As Virginia continues COVID-19 recovery, families and businesses are navigating how to work safely. Under state guidelines, childcare providers are currently allowed to have only 50% of their approved capacity, putting a financial strain on their ability to continue to operate.
At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, Economic Development created the Childcare Provider Grant program, as part of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, to help childcare providers remain open and provide care for children in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of $1,897,350 in grants were awarded to 80 Chesterfield County childcare providers. View the complete list of Childcare Provider Grant recipients.
For more Economic Development information, visit the Chesterfield Business Information website.
Oct. 27, 2020 Update - 1:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Announces Additional $116 Million for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education
CARES Act funding will support ongoing COVID-19 response at colleges, universities and medical schools
Governor Ralph Northam announced a new allocation of more than $116 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s institutions of higher education. Consistent with the General Assembly’s recently advanced budget, the funding will be distributed to public universities and medical centers to support telework and distance learning infrastructure, personal protective equipment, sanitization and cleaning, and testing for students, staff, and faculty.
Virginia’s colleges and universities have significantly adapted programs and practices to meet the unprecedented challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Increased expenses for COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, and a shift to virtual learning, has caused all to spend beyond the previously allocated federal dollars (PDF). Approximately $115.6 million of this newly allocated funding will go directly to institutions to cover previous and upcoming COVID-19 expenses through Dec. 30, 2020.
In addition, $600,000 in federal funds will support the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a consortium of public and nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth. VIVA will use this funding to purchase educational films, documentaries and television programming to support distance learning at all public institutions.
View information on the amount of funding allocated to each institution (PDF).
In June, the Commonwealth issued guidance to Virginia higher education institutions for developing plans to safely reopen campuses and resume in-person instruction. Virginia has successfully avoided budget cuts to higher education amid the pandemic, and in September the Governor announced a higher education refinancing plan that will save Virginia’s public colleges and universities more than $300 million over the next two years.
Oct. 27, 2020 Update - Noon
Chesterfield Health Department Announces November Free COVID-19 Testing Events
Residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming free indoor, walk-up testing events
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 across Chesterfield, the county’s Health Department is hosting a series of free testing events throughout November.
The free indoor, walk-up testing events will occur on the following days and locations:
Chesterfield Fairgrounds at Vietnam Veterans Building
10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 6 | Noon–1 p.m.
Faith and Family Center
7900 Walmsley Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Thursdays, Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 | 4–5 p.m.
Chesterfield Health Department Smith-Wagner Building Multi-Purpose Room
9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Saturdays, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Second Baptist Church
5100 W Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831
Fridays, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 | 10–11 a.m.
Mondays, Nov. 16, Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 | 2–3 p.m.
2950 Walmsley Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23234
Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 4–5 p.m.
Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 | 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Augustine Catholic Church
4400 Beulah Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23237
Wednesdays, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 | 11 a.m. –Noon
No reservation is necessary. Additional testing events are pending and will be announced once finalized.
Residents who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are strongly encouraged to attend the free indoor, walk-up testing events.
Read the full news release.
Oct. 26, 2020 Update - 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 28 Board of Supervisors Meeting to Be Held In Person
Citizens can also submit comments ahead of time using online form
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, will be held in person in the Public Meeting Room at 10001 Iron Bridge Road. The online comment form is available for citizens to submit comments ahead of time.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with a work session followed by the 6 p.m. evening session. Both sessions will be held in the Public Meeting Room and will be available for viewing on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on chesterfield.gov and the County’s YouTube channel.
Measures are being put in place to accommodate in person public input while practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials.
Those citizens wishing to participate in person will be required to wear a face covering and pass a simple health screening before entering the building. In order to maintain the 6-foot social distance requirement, seating will be extremely limited; however, TV monitors will be set up outside the Public Meeting Room.
Due to the COVID 19 occupancy limits of the Public Meeting Room, the general public will not able to be seated in the room, however, citizens requesting to speak before the Board will be given the opportunity to comment in person at the appropriate time.
Citizens who wish to make comments on the portion of the Board’s agenda known as "Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters" can submit comments via the online form; or call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808. A maximum of 15 citizens may leave comments for this meeting in accordance with the Board’s procedures on “Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters.” The portal will close at 5 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled board meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 27) in order to prepare comments for the public and the board to see in a timely manner; prior to the Board meeting.
Citizens who wish to provide input on any and all of the public hearing items on the agenda are encouraged to submit comments via the online form. Citizens without internet access may call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808.
The public hearing comment form and the meeting agenda are posted online for citizens to view, and citizens are encouraged to view public hearing agenda items and all attachments before submitting a comment.
There are no limits on the number of citizens that can comment on each public hearing item; however, each citizen may submit only one comment per public hearing topic. The allotted comment space is equivalent to the 3-minute allotted time of in-person board meetings. At the end of each day through Oct. 27, the clerk will post all public hearing comments received that day for the public to view. Public hearing comments will be received until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in order to prepare comments for the public and the board to see in a timely manner, prior to the board meeting.
All comments received will be distributed to the board and posted online for the public to view in advance of the meeting and will be made a part of the board’s official public record within the rules of procedure adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
- The online public comment form may be accessed directly at www.chesterfield.gov/BOScomments.
- The public comment voicemail phone number is 804-748-1808
Read the full news release.
Oct. 23, 2020 Update - 10 a.m.
Governor Northam Allocates CARES Act Dollars to Help Free Clinics
Funds will reimburse clinics for COVID-19 expenses
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Commonwealth will use $3 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to reimburse members of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) for clinics’ COVID-19 expenses, including personal protective equipment, sanitation measures, telehealth and hiring new staff.
Virginia’s free clinics serve an essential role in Virginia’s health care safety net, providing care for free or on a sliding scale to uninsured patients. An estimated 226,000 Virginians with incomes between 139 percent and 300 percent of the poverty level had no health coverage prior to the onset of the pandemic, according to a recent report by the Virginia Health Care Foundation/Urban Institute.
In addition to existing patients, free clinics have seen demand for their services rise, as more Virginians lose jobs and, thus, employer-sponsored health care.
Clinics operate with small budgets, and the pandemic curtailed regular fundraising events. Expenses that the pandemic made necessary—such as additional personal protective equipment, increased use of telehealth, hiring additional staff to meet demand and other health modifications—have put a burden on clinics’ budgets. The VAFCC estimates free clinics have incurred an average $40,000 each in unbudgeted expenses for needs related to the pandemic.
Free clinics have also provided COVID-19 testing, and often are seen as a trusted resource for health information to vulnerable populations.
Oct. 23, 2020 Update - 9:30 a.m.
Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Funding will support statewide vaccination program when vaccine is approved
Governor Ralph Northam announced $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be used to create a statewide program to distribute COVID-19 vaccines when such vaccines are approved for public use. Virginia’s draft vaccination plan (PDF) was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month.
Several companies are working to create COVID-19 vaccines, which are expected to be finalized and approved for distribution in the coming months. A mass vaccination program such as this requires significant advance planning for purchases of equipment, support for local health districts, staff to manage the program, warehousing medical supplies and communicating with the public.
The $22 million allocation of CARES Act dollars will support the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) vaccination preparation and planning through the end of 2020. The Commonwealth will identify additional sources of funding to continue to support the vaccination program in 2021. The Virginia Department of Health’s estimates the vaccination program will cost approximately $120 million.
The plan outlines key components for preparing and implementing a COVID-19 vaccination program including:
- Assumptions, variables and scenarios that can impact vaccine planning
- Measures to identify and estimate critical populations and establish vaccine priority groups
- Measures for provider recruitment, enrollment and training
- Process for vaccine allocation, ordering, distribution, inventory management and reporting doses administered
- Guidelines for appropriate vaccine storage and handling
- Methods for second dose reminders to ensure compliance with vaccine dosing intervals (most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses separated by 21 or 28 days) and achieve optimal vaccine effectiveness
- Systems for vaccine safety monitoring
- Procedures for vaccination program monitoring, including online dashboards
- Efforts to build confidence and inform the public about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, working with trusted community partners
The Virginia Department of Health, like health departments in other states, is following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in preparing for vaccine distribution, and will ensure that a vaccine is distributed equitably. It is not currently known what vaccines might ultimately be approved of those in development, which means the Virginia Department of Health’s planning must be flexible. Vaccines may require more than one dose and may require storage at specific cold temperatures to remain effective. Health officials are planning for ways to vaccinate large numbers of people while maintaining social distancing.
Oct. 21, 2020 Update - 5 p.m.
Chesterfield Releases Recommendations for Voters to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
All voters regardless of their health conditions are entitled to their right to cast a ballot during the General Election
As early voting for the General Election continues at record pace, the Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office is taking several safety precautions to ensure voters and poll workers are safe from the spread of COVID-19.
All poll workers are being equipped with masks and face coverings. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and spray also are on hand to clean surfaces and equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Once voters arrive to vote in person, plexiglass has been installed to separate poll workers from voters. Before receiving a ballot, voters are being asked to display their form of identification by holding it up to plexiglass to encourage limited exchanges between poll workers and voters.
Furthermore, pens used by voters are being immediately disinfected or discarded after use, and voters are being asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask.
Voters who may be diagnosed with COVID-19, or are in active quarantine, have several options to cast their ballot:
1) Absentee Ballot Voting
Registered voters diagnosed or quarantining with COVID-19 can vote absentee by mail by submitting a Virginia Vote by Mail Application to receive a general election ballot.
Voters can request an application by either calling the Chesterfield Registrar’s Office at 804-748-1471 or by going online to the Virginia Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal.
The last day to request a mailed ballot is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.
Once you receive your absentee ballot, follow the instructions carefully in voting and returning your ballot.
Voters are encouraged to immediately vote and return their ballots to the Registrar’s Office.
Mail your ballot back via the U.S. Postal Service by using the return envelope sent to your residence by the Registrar’s Office. Voters also can use a commercial delivery service such as FedEx or UPS to return your ballot.
Your ballot must be returned, or postmarked, to the Registrar’s Office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
2) In Person Curbside Voting
Each early voting location, along with all precincts during the Nov. 3 General Election, will include curbside voting.
Voters are strongly urged to make poll workers aware of their COVID-19 diagnosis to allow them to take the proper safety precautions while assisting voters.
For more information about the General Election visit www.PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.
Read the full news release.
Oct. 21, 2020 Update - 4 p.m.
Governor Northam Announces $65.8 Million to Increase Child Care Access, Help Providers
New funding will continue child care provider incentive grant program established in April
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam announced $65.8 million in new funding to increase access to child care and support child care providers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This new investment is supported by $58.3 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars as well as a reallocation of $7.5 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act. First Lady Northam made the announcement during a virtual meeting of the Children’s Cabinet.
This funding will continue the incentive grant program for child care providers announced in April through the end of 2020. This program provides flexible cash assistance to child care providers to help offset operating costs and expenses associated with meeting health and safety guidelines. The Virginia Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, has distributed more than $46 million in direct assistance to child care programs to date.
Nearly 2,672 child care programs in Virginia—nearly 45 percent—closed their doors at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but, thanks to more than $70 million in grants and other relief, many either have reopened or are starting to. Providers have reported that this funding is critical and many indicated that without additional financial support, they were unsure how long they could continue to operate.
Child care programs have also stepped up to serve children who are participating in virtual learning, ensuring that they have safe, supervised spaces with access to food, supplies and internet. At least half of open child care programs have reported serving school-age children, and this new funding will also help communities establish public-private partnerships to meet the needs of working families with school-age children.
Distribution of these funds will be announced by the Virginia Department of Social Services in the coming weeks. View a comprehensive guide to COVID-19 child care resources in Virginia. View additional health and safety guidance for child care centers that remain open (PDF)
Parents who are in need of child care services should visit Child Care Aware at VAchildcare.org or call 1-866-KIDS-TLC for an up-to-date list of child care options in their area.
Oct. 21, 2020 Update - 11:45 a.m.
Governor Northam Signs New Laws to Support COVID-19 Response, Reform Policing
Governor amended bills relating to traffic stops, telemedicine
Governor Ralph Northam announced he has signed 16 new laws and proposed changes to five bills that will support the Commonwealth’s ongoing COVID-19 response and advance criminal justice reform.
Governor Northam signed the following laws to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts:
- House Bill 5041 (Delegate Head) and Senate Bill 5042 (Senator Kiggans) require the Board of Health to establish protocols related to safe nursing home, hospice and nursing facility visits.
- House Bill 5048 (Delegate Sickles) and Senate Bill 5090 (Senator Dunnavant) provide additional clarity to the Virginia Department of Health regarding publication of disease outbreak data.
- House Bill 5093 (Delegate Watts) and Senate Bill 5117 (Senator Deeds) allow a $500 civil penalty for violations of a Governor’s Executive Order, instead of the Class 1 misdemeanor currently dictated by Virginia Code.
- House Bill 5047 (Delegate Murphy) strengthens Virginia’s anti-price gouging laws during declared states of emergency.
- Senate Bill 5039 (Senator Marsden) establishes a formal program for the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment during a public health threat.
- House Bill 5087 (Delegate Tran) extends the date by which the Virginia Employment Commission is required to establish and implement a short-time compensation program and removes the program’s sunset clause.
- Senate Bill 5083 (Senator McClellan) requires Virginia school boards to publicly post their plans and strategies for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
- Senate Bill 5017 (Senator Boysko) grants the Commonwealth the ability to establish and enforce health standards at local correctional facilities used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or other federal agencies.
Governor Northam signed the following laws to reform criminal justice and policing:
- House Bill 5098 (Delegate Askew) increases the penalty for falsely summoning or giving false reports to law enforcement officers due to an individual’s race, religious conviction, gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, color or national origin.
- House Bill 5072 (Delegate Lopez) and Senate Bill 5024 (Senator Lucas) allow the Attorney General to open investigations related to a suspected “pattern or practice” of misconduct among law enforcement officers.
- House Bill 5062 (Delegate Mullin) and Senate Bill 5033 (Senator Surovell) restore the practice of requiring judges to dismiss charges when both parties (prosecution and defense) agree.
Governor Northam proposed changes to the following bills:
- House Bill 5046 (Delegate D. Adams) and Senate Bill 5080 (Senator Barker) expand Medicaid coverage of telemedicine care. Governor Northam added an emergency clause to make this legislation effective immediately upon passage.
- House Bill 5115 (Delegate Price) expands eviction protections for Virginians who experienced a loss of wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Northam added an emergency clause to make this legislation effective immediately upon passage.
- House Bill 5058 (Delegate Hope) and Senate Bill 5029 (Senator Lucas) prohibit law enforcement from initiating traffic stops in certain instances. Governor Northam amended this legislation to ensure law enforcement can initiate a traffic stop when an individual is driving at night without the use of both headlights and/or without the use of both break lights.
View a full list of legislation signed by the Governor from the Special Session.
Oct. 20, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Releases Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger
Establishes an ambitious path forward to combat food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
Governor Ralph Northam released the inaugural Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger, which establishes a unified set of goals and strategies to prioritize food security during the current public health emergency and beyond. The Roadmap was produced by Governor Northam’s Children’s Cabinet.
In Virginia and across the country, food insecurity rates are increasing, with an estimated 445,000 additional Virginians experiencing food insecurity because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the onset of this public health crisis, approximately 850,000 Virginians were food insecure, including 250,000 children.
The Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger lays out opportunities to reduce food insecurity in the Commonwealth and critical next steps to develop policies, programs and partnerships to benefit Virginia’s children and communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to the broader social determinants of health including food security. The Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger includes goals and strategies to:
- Expand child nutrition programs
- Increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program
- Increase nutrition support for seniors
- Grow access to local food for schools and families
- Strengthen connections between food access programs and the healthcare sector
- Encourage food and agriculture investments in food deserts and marginalized communities
- Amplify public awareness of hunger in Virginia and support information sharing across public and private sectors
- Support community organizing to combat food insecurity and hunger
To create the Roadmap, the Northam Administration, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, held listening sessions to gather input from stakeholder groups, community leaders, and Virginians that work in and are impacted by the food system. The seven listening sessions were held in Abingdon, Roanoke, Danville, Hampton, Fairfax County, Norfolk and Richmond.
The Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger emphasizes the importance of federal, state and local policies and programs being in authentic partnerships with grassroots organizations, which are driven by the lived experiences of food insecure families. The Roadmap highlights the Richmond Food Justice Alliance and Cultivate Charlottesville as two examples of advocacy groups organizing at the local level to improve food access for their communities.
Learn more about the Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger.
Oct. 19, 2020 Update - 9 a.m.
Chesterfield Launches Four Additional Early Voting Locations
Early voting sites part of continued effort to promote General Election voting options
Chesterfield County has opened four early voting satellite locations for county early voters.
Chesterfield early voting locations are:
- North Courthouse Road Library - 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield
- LaPrade Library - 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield
- Meadowdale Library - 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield
- Ettrick-Matoaca Library - 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield
Each early voting location is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registered voters can continue to vote early at the General Registrar’s office at 9848 Lori Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and on Saturdays Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All early voting ends on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Voters also can drop off their completed absentee mail ballots at any early voting location or the Registrar’s Office during voting hours.
Curbside voting will also be available during early voting. Each location will have a curbside voting phone number posted at the site for voters wishing to call and use the service for people over the age of 65 or for those with a disability.
Once you arrive at an early voting location, voters must provide their name and address and show an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit the Virginia Department of Election’s Voting In-Person page.
If acceptable identification is not provided, voters must sign an ID Confirmation Statement or a provisional ballot will be offered. If issued a provisional ballot, voters have until noon Friday, Nov. 6 to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the Chesterfield Electoral Board.
For more information regarding the General Election in Chesterfield County, visit www.PromoteTheVoteCfield.org.
Oct. 16, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
Chesterfield CARES Water Assistance Program
Water and wastewater bill relief for those impacted economically by COVID-19
Has a loss or decrease in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused you to fall behind on your water and wastewater utility bill payments? The Chesterfield CARES Water Assistance Program is here to offer relief.
Administered through the Department of Social Services, the program uses federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist Chesterfield residents needing assistance to pay past-due utility bills. Applications should be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Applicants must live in Chesterfield County and have an active residential Chesterfield County utility water and/or wastewater account.
- Applicants must have a past due balance on their residential water and/or wastewater account within the March 1 to Nov. 30, 2020 time frame.
- Households must show a decrease in income due to COVID-19. All adult members of the household (18 years and older) must submit proof of a decrease in income due to COVID-19. (Examples include an unemployment letter, notice of furlough or layoff, one paystub from before March 1 and one paystub from after March 1 which shows a decrease in income due to COVID-19, etc.)
- Self-employed applicants must provide documentation to show a decrease in income due to COVID-19. (Examples include documentation of business closing, pre/post COVID-19 banking account statements, etc.)
Initial funding assistance amount will not exceed $500. Depending on funding availability on or after Dec. 1, 2020, if household income has not increased and assistance for past due balances is still required, applicants may be eligible for up to $200 in additional funding assistance.
Questions about the program? Visit www.chesterfield.gov/COVIDWaterBillHelp to review qualifications, necessary documentation and begin the application process. Questions not answered by the online form should be directed to the Department of Social Services, 804-748-1100, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Oct. 16, 2020 Update - 2 p.m.
Commonwealth Identifies New Ways to Return Unclaimed Property to Virginians During COVID-19 Pandemic
Over $67.8 million in unclaimed property paid out in fiscal year 2020
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program returned more than $67.8 million in unclaimed property to Virginians in fiscal year 2020, representing over 111,000 asset accounts. New virtual outreach has been implemented this year to assist individuals with filing their claims amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, the Department of the Treasury works to inform Virginians about the Unclaimed Property Program and assist in returning unclaimed assets. In addition to annual newspaper inserts distributed throughout the Commonwealth, this year Treasury staff have increased online and social media outreach and are collaborating with a variety of partners including television and radio stations, corporate human resources officers, statewide associations, businesses, community organizations and schools to hold virtual outreach events that offer remote one-on-one assistance with initiating a search and starting a claim.
More than $912 million has been paid out to Virginians since this program started in 1961. Unclaimed property consists of “abandoned assets or accounts” which are considered dormant due to inactivity and can include utility deposits, customer refunds, unpaid wages, money from insurance policies, securities and investments, bank accounts and tangible property. Property becomes unclaimed when the holder company has not had contact with the owner of the property for a specified period of time.
Virginia’s consumer protection law requires businesses to turn unclaimed property over to the state, relieving the business of the financial liability. Virginia holds the property as the custodian until the rightful owner, or heir, files a claim.
Virginians can easily search the Commonwealth’s unclaimed property database by visiting VaMoneySearch.org. This free website allows individuals to search the Commonwealth’s unclaimed property database and download a claim form. Organizations interested in hosting a virtual call event should contact Treasury staff.
It is important to be aware of unauthorized or unsolicited fee-based offers and make sure you are working with an authorized state representative. The Unclaimed Property Program is a consumer protection initiative to benefit all citizens—there is no deadline to claim your property, and there are no commissions or fees charged through this free service.
Oct. 15, 2020 Update - 12:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Authorizes Hazard Pay for Home Health Workers
Federal funding will cover one-time payment for work at height of COVID-19 pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam announced $73 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide hazard pay to home health personal care attendants who served high-risk populations during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A one-time, pre-tax payment of $1,500 will be available to an estimated 43,500 home health care workers who provide personal care and who served Medicaid members between March 12 and June 30, 2020.
Home health care workers provide services that are critical in enabling older Virginians or people with disabilities to continue living in their own homes. In addition to the hazard payments, the state budget that went into effect July 1 included a seven percent pay raise over two years for home health workers, and the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is working to provide those workers with personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
DMAS, which oversees Virginia’s Medicaid program, will work with providers over the coming weeks to administer the payments to eligible workers.
Oct. 15, 2020 Update - 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 20 Planning Commission Meeting to Be Held In Person
Residents can also submit comments ahead of time using the online form
The Chesterfield Planning Commission will hold its Tuesday, Oct. 20 meeting in person in the Public Meeting Room at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
Measures are being put in place to accommodate public input while still practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials.
Residents wishing to comment in person will be required to wear a face covering and pass a simple health screening before entering the building. In order to maintain the 6-foot social distance requirement, seating will be extremely limited; however, TV monitors will be set up outside the Public Meeting Room.
Citizens are encouraged to use the online comment form at www.chesterfield.gov/cpccomments to provide comment on public hearings regarding zoning cases. Those wishing to comment must submit a new online form for each public hearing they want to comment on. Only one comment per person per public hearing will be accepted. The online form can also be used to comment on unscheduled matters. In addition to the form, comments can also be received by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 804-748-1125.
The Planning Commission will accept all public comments (online portal, telephone message, and email) until 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 to ensure the comments are provided to the Planning Commission prior to the 6 p.m. meeting for their consideration.
The agenda, staff reports, and PowerPoint presentations for the October 20 Planning Commission Meeting can be found on www.chesterfield.gov/plan.
The Chesterfield Planning Commission Meeting will be livestreamed on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, including Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28, and on YouTube.com/ChesterfieldCountyVA.
Read the full news release.
Oct. 9, 2020 Update - 2 p.m.
Chester Library to Reopen to the Public on Monday, Oct. 19
Fourth library to reinstate public hours since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
The Chesterfield County Public Library’s (CCPL) Chester Library will reopen to the public on Monday, Oct. 19. Chester Library is the fourth library to reinstate public hours since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours at the open locations are:
- Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All CCPL locations closed to the public on Monday, March 16 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Library, Meadowdale Library and North Courthouse Road Library reopened in June.
All locations continue to offer virtual learning pods. These are spaces that allow students, teachers and teleworkers access to spaces to continue virtual learning and teleworking.
Curbside checkouts, which began the week of March 23, are still being offered at all locations and will continue to be available at open locations.
For more information, visit CCPL's website.
Read the full news release.
Oct. 9, 2020 Update - 11 a.m.
Governor Northam Reminds Virginians to Register to Vote Ahead of Tuesday Deadline
Fifth annual Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge encourages eligible students to register
With just a few more days until Virginia’s Tuesday, Oct. 13 voter registration deadline, Governor Ralph Northam urged all Virginians to check their registration status and make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 3 general election.
Governor Northam is also reminding Virginia students about the fifth annual Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge, which kicked off on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 22, and will conclude the last week of April 2021, marking the end of Virginia’s annual High School Student Voter Registration Week.
The Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge invites high schools across the Commonwealth to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population, and those that reach or exceed 65 percent registration of their eligible senior class will receive a congratulatory certificate from the Governor. Created in 2016, the annual competition is a partnership of the Office of the Governor and the Secretaries of Administration and Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections and the League of Women Voters of Virginia.
The 2020–2021 Governor’s Challenge is designed to help high schools comply with a new law passed this year that requires all public high schools in Virginia to facilitate voter registration for qualified students during the normal course of the school day. Virginia students born on or before Nov. 3, 2002 can register now and vote in this year’s Nov. 3 general election.
While in-person registration drives are more difficult and less frequent under social distancing requirements, there are still several convenient ways to register to vote or update an existing registration. A new law approved in Virginia earlier this year implements automatic voter registration for individuals accessing service at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or the DMV website.
Virginians also can register to vote by submitting paper applications by mail to their local general registrar, in person at their local general registrar’s office or completing the online form on the Department of Elections’ website before Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Resources to help schools educate and register students are available through the Department of Elections and the League of Women Voters of Virginia, which focuses on voter registration, education and advocacy.
Schools participating in the Governor’s Challenge can get credit for each student who registers to vote via the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal by using their school’s unique URL. For more information, contact Janet Boyd, Voter Services Director for the League of Women Voters of Virginia, at HSVRChallenge@lwv-va.org.
Oct. 8, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
Chesterfield Government Citizens Academy Goes Virtual
Fall session begins Thursday, Oct. 22; registration now open
After postponing the spring Government Citizens Academy due to COVID-19, the Department of Citizen Information and Resources is excited to announce the fall Government Citizen Academy session will be offered virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Oct. 22-Dec. 19. Registration is now open, and the sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Government Citizens Academy provides citizens the opportunity to learn about their local government, participate in interactive sessions and provide feedback about the county’s work. The academy is free to participants and offers opportunities to meet local government leaders.
Learn more and apply at the Government Citizens Academy page. Class size is limited, so those unable to attend a particular session may be placed on a waiting list. For more information, contact GCA@chesterfield.gov or 804-796-7100. Once registered, participants will receive an email with the details for the sessions and the link to the virtual meetings will be sent the day before the session.
Oct. 8, 2020 Update - 11:30 a.m.
Governor Northam Directs More Than $220 Million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia’s K-12 Schools
All 132 school districts to receive at least $100,000 for COVID-19 preparedness and response
Governor Ralph Northam announced a new allocation of more than $220 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help K-12 public schools in Virginia. The funding will support COVID-19 preparedness and response measures for the 2020–2021 school year, including testing supplies, personal protective equipment, sanitization and technology for distance learning. Funding will be distributed to all 132 public school districts using an allocation formula of $175 per pupil based on fall enrollment, with a minimum of $100,000 for each school division.
This funding will supplement $66.8 million provided to Virginia through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and an additional $587.5 million allocated to the Commonwealth in May under the CARES Act. This included $238.6 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) Fund for K-12 activities. Additionally, the CARES Act provided $343.9 million for higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
View more information on the amount of funding allocated to each school division (PDF).
Oct. 7, 2020 Update - 2 p.m.
Governor Northam Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects
Localities can apply for funding to support expansion of high-speed, broadband internet
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act to improve broadband access in underserved localities.
Localities must apply for the funding, and eligible projects are those able to be completed within the time constraints on spending federal dollars, which means more Virginians could get connected to high-speed, broadband internet by the end of the year.
The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia estimates that 200,000 K-12 students and 60,000 college students in Virginia lack access to broadband at home. Universal broadband access has been a priority for the Northam administration, which has worked to support broadband infrastructure projects capable of connecting more than 108,000 homes and businesses. Governor Northam’s current budget proposals include $85 million in investments for broadband infrastructure.
The CARES Act funding allocated to this initiative is separate from other broadband funding streams. Localities are encouraged to creatively address the digital divide, including projects that address infrastructure or the cost of broadband services.
The follow are examples of eligible projects. Projects not listed below, but related to broadband and telecommunications expansion, will also be considered.
- Broadband infrastructure capable of delivering a minimum of 25Mbps/3Mbps to Virginians currently unserved, with limited overbuilding of existing infrastructure.
- Broadband service connection costs for passings or property with high cost for individual connections, no greater than $10,000 per connection. Examples of such connections are for passings with long driveways, on a private road, or that have costs associated with a rail or highway crossing.
- Cellular transmission equipment for parts of the Commonwealth without cell service.
The program will launch Friday, Oct. 9, and only localities are eligible to apply for funding. Additional information will be provided to local chief administrative officers.
Detailed program and application information will be made available at commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov.
Oct. 6, 2020 Update - 9 a.m.
Absentee Ballot Voters Can Skip Early Voting Lines to Cast Ballot
Voters returning absentee ballots do not have to wait in line to vote, can cast their ballots into a secure onsite ballot bag
With early voting in full swing in Chesterfield, the county’s Registrar’s Office is reminding early voters returning their absentee ballots to cut the line and drop them into a secure onsite ballot bag.
The Chesterfield County Electoral Board has sanctioned the use of ballot bags over installing ballot boxes for early voting and the Tuesday, Nov. 3 General Election. Absentee voters can simply place their ballots in the ballot bag, where it’s monitored and later stored by an Officer of Election in a secure location until the ballots are ready to be opened and counted for the election.
Each voting precinct also will be equipped with ballot bags during the Nov. 3 General Election.
Ballot bags also will be available to early absentee voters seeking to return their ballots at four additional early voting satellite locations set to open starting Monday, Oct. 19:
- North Courthouse Road Library | 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield
- LaPrade Library | 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield
- Meadowdale Library | 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield
- Matoaca-Ettrick Library | 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield
Currently, voters can cast their ballots in person at, or bring their completed absentee ballots to, the Registrar’s Office, located at 9848 Lori Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office also will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the two Saturdays (Oct. 24 and Oct. 31) before the Nov. 3 General Election.
All registered Chesterfield voters regardless of precinct can vote early at the county Registrar’s Office and the soon to be open satellite early voting locations.
The last day of early voting is Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Since launching in person and absentee early voting on Sept. 18, the rate of ballots cast by county voters has been high – with 14,220 people already submitting ballots for the General Election. The volume is only expected to increase as the Nov. 3 General Election nears; however, it’s not too late to register to vote, request an absentee ballot or vote in person.
Visit PromoteTheVoteCfield.org to learn more about how to cast your ballot and important election deadlines. Then work your election plan and vote!
Read the full news release.
Oct. 1, 2020 Update - 8 a.m.
Virginia Launches New Open Data Portal to Enhance COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Virtual Virginia Datathon will use state portal to develop applications that address impacts of health crisis
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Open Data Portal now includes more than a dozen new COVID-19 datasets from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The launch of the new Virginia Open Data Portal, which is a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Data Officer and the Library of Virginia, was accelerated amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to provide greater access to the data informing public health officials and allow Virginians to interact with it.
The Virginia Open Data Portal was launched in 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe to provide centralized access to data across state agencies and create a platform where Virginians can interpret, analyze and transform the data into actionable intelligence. Within the portal, users can view stories and dashboards, create visualizations, filter data and access it through application programming interfaces (APIs) to build solutions in web and mobile applications. A list of COVID-19 datasets can be found on the Virginia Open Data Portal.
The 2020 Virtual Virginia Datathon, which kicks off Thursday, Oct. 1, will bring together state agencies, students, localities, non-profits and private sector businesses to leverage this data to develop innovative solutions that seek to address challenges created by the pandemic. The Datathon will be livestreamed on the Library of Virginia’s YouTube page beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 1. Team presentations are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.
The annual Virginia Datathon, which is being held virtually this year, is a two-day statewide competition where teams of innovators use state data and other open data sources to create applications with the support of subject matter experts from the community. In previous years, Datathon participants have tackled issues from workforce innovation, to equity in education, to the opioid and addiction crisis.
In June, Governor Northam announced the expansion of the Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation (FAACT), Virginia’s cross-agency, cloud-based, data-sharing and analytics platform to help the Commonwealth mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and maintain an adequate supply of resources.
The Commonwealth is committed to growing the number of open datasets available through the portal. Learn more about the Virginia Open Data Portal and access the Commonwealth’s datasets at data.virginia.gov.