COVID-19 Updates Archive - December 2020
- Dec. 29 Updates
- Dec. 23 Updates
- Dec. 22 Updates
- Dec. 18 Updates
- Dec. 16 Updates
- Dec. 14 Updates
- Dec. 11 Updates
- Dec. 10 Updates
- Dec. 9 Updates
- Dec. 8 Updates
- Dec. 3 Updates
- Dec. 1 Updates
Dec. 29, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund
Funding will fulfill pending grant awards for over 300 eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations
Governor Ralph Northam today allocated an additional $20 million in federal CARES Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund to meet demand for the program and fulfill pending grant applications. This new funding will bring the program total to $120 million and will enable more than 300 small business and nonprofit organizations that applied before the last round of funding was exhausted in early December to receive grants. Eligible applicants that are still in the pipeline have been notified via email that their applications have been re-opened.
Earlier this month, Governor Northam announced that Rebuild VA had fully committed the $100 million in federal funds previously allocated to the program, which provided grants to 2,500 small businesses and nonprofits whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 45% of the available funding was awarded to nearly 1,000 small businesses and nonprofits located in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities and about $50 million was awarded to women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses. To date, Rebuild VA has received nearly 20,000 applications and the average grant award was $35,636.
Administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), Rebuild VA launched in August with $70 million in CARES Act funding. Governor Northam directed an additional $30 million to the program in October and SBSD expanded eligibility so that businesses with less than $10 million in gross revenue or fewer than 250 employees could apply.
For additional information on Rebuild VA, please visit governor.virginia.gov/RebuildVA.
Dec. 23, 2020 Update - 1:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Announces Over $6 Million in GO Virginia Grants to Stimulate Economic Growth, Address Ongoing Impacts of Pandemic
Funding supports 11 projects that foster innovation, expand workforce development programs and grow portfolio of business-ready sites
Governor Ralph Northam announced two allocations of Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants, totaling more than $6 million.
The first allocation will support two statewide projects and six regional projects that grow Virginia’s business-ready sites portfolio, provide additional capacity to expand talent pipelines in key industries and support the growth of startup businesses engaged in coastal resiliency and life sciences initiatives.
The second allocation was awarded to three projects through the Economic Resilience and Recovery Program that was created by the GO Virginia Board in April to quickly deploy resources that will help communities mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will leverage an additional $6.5 million in local and other non-state resources to assist with ongoing economic diversification and growth efforts throughout the Commonwealth.
Since the program began in 2017, GO Virginia has funded 149 projects and awarded approximately $52.2 million to support regional economic development efforts. The 24-person GO Virginia Board includes members of the Governor’s cabinet, the business community and the General Assembly.
View additional information about the GO Virginia program.
2020 ROUND FOUR STATEWIDE GRANT AWARDS
Virginia Bio Connect
Region 4 (lead): Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan and the city of Richmond
Virginia Bio Connect aims to create jobs in the bioscience industry by forming four new “BioHubs” to serve existing and emerging life science companies. Virginia Bio Connect will offer programming and collaboration with established partners and help close the talent gap by facilitating job connections, internships, and network opportunities. This initiative will also create a statewide virtual entrepreneur-in-resident network that brings together experts from diverse backgrounds with life science industry expertise to support early-stage life science companies.
ECONOMIC RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY GRANTS
Capital Region Small Business Development Center Launch
Region 4: Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, and Henrico, the city of Richmond and the town of Ashland
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) business advisors will provide confidential one-on-one business advising and group training to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Virginia Community Capital (VCC) is serving as host to the Capital Region SBDC for the Greater Richmond area.
Dec. 22, 2020 Update - 4:45 p.m.
Governor Northam Takes Action to Protect Businesses from Increasing Cost of Unemployment Insurance
Actions will speed relief to Virginians, help weather pandemic during challenging winter months
Governor Ralph Northam announced temporary changes to the Commonwealth’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will support Virginia workers and businesses whose livelihoods have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Executive Order Seventy-Four (PDF) requires the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to mitigate a potential rise in the UI experience rating tax for businesses by holding them harmless for lay-offs that occurred during the pandemic. The temporary change will protect Virginia businesses from having to pay an additional $200 million to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The Governor is also directing the VEC to begin automatically distributing UI benefits to unemployed Virginians who have been held in the agency’s determination process.
These actions come as Virginia’s unemployment system has been severely strained throughout 2020. Thanks to low unemployment over the past several years, the system simply was not equipped to handle the surge in unemployment claims that were received due to the pandemic. Approximately 1.4 million people have filed for unemployment benefits this year, more than 10 times the number of claims that were filed in 2019, which his has left the Unemployment Insurance Trust depleted.
Governor Northam signed the special session budget that included $210 million to backfill the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is currently borrowing federal dollars to pay out benefits. In addition, to improve customer service, the Governor’s budget proposal includes nearly $15 million to support technology upgrades and additional customer service staff at the VEC.
UI Employer Tax Rates for 2021 are assigned by the previous calendar year from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Employers receive a Base Tax Rate, dependent on their particular account history and circumstances. In recalculating the tax rate for 2021, Executive Order Seventy-Four requires that the VEC not penalize businesses for lay-offs that occurred during the pandemic from April through June 2020. This will prevent Virginia’s struggling businesses from having to devote critical resources to higher state payroll taxes. These steps are particularly critical for small businesses and the retail, food and lodging industries.
Governor Northam also directed the VEC to immediately begin distributing benefit payments to UI applicants whose claims have been delayed in the determination process. The VEC will continue to adjudicate claims for eligibility. If deemed ineligible, applicants will be required to return the funds pursuant to state and federal law.
View the full text of Executive Order Seventy-Four (PDF).
Dec. 18, 2020 Update - 4:15 p.m.
Governor Northam Announces Grant Funding to Improve Food Access in Underserved Communities
Virginia Food Access Investment Fund to support new and expanding food retailers, innovative projects in food deserts
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the application period for the inaugural Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFAIF) begins today and will remain open through Friday, April 30, 2021. VFAIF will provide grants between $5,000 to $50,000 to support business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers or innovative food retail projects that increase food access in underserved communities.
Earlier this year, Governor Northam signed House Bill 1509, sponsored by Delegate Delores McQuinn, and Senate Bill 1073, sponsored by and Senator Jennifer McClellan, creating the Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund. Investing in innovative food retail strategies through the Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund is one of the goals outlined in the recently released Virginia Roadmap to End Hunger.
Approximately 1.7 million Virginians—including 480,000 children—live in low-income areas with limited access to healthy foods. Virginia has dedicated significant federal stimulus funds to addressing food insecurity, including $219 million for the Pandemic EBT program through the Department of Social Services, $85 million for child nutrition programs, $7 million to support food banks and $1.4 million to provide food boxes to Virginia families through the We Care initiative.
VFAIF follows the Equitable Food-Oriented Development model of using food and agriculture to create economic opportunities and healthy neighborhoods in historically marginalized communities. Historically marginalized communities as defined within VFAIF are minority or underserved, and those experiencing low food access.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will administer the program in partnership with a selected Community Development Financial Institution. The VFAIF application can be accessed through the VDACS website. A completed Equitable Food-Oriented Self-Assessment must accompany each application.
Dec. 18, 2020 Update - 1:30 p.m.
Virginia to Partner with Unite Us to Create Statewide Infrastructure Connecting Health and Social Services
Integrated e-referral system will support ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, advance health equity
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will allocate $10 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to create Unite Virginia, a statewide technology platform designed to connect vulnerable Virginians to health and social services. Working with Unite Us, a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers, the Commonwealth will implement an integrated e-referral system that unites government agencies, health care providers and community-based partners and supports Virginia’s continuing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
This initial funding allocation will cover startup and implementation costs to operate the e-referral system, which can integrate with widely used electronic medical record systems in place at hospitals, health systems and medical practice groups across Virginia. Establishing those links will enable health care providers to refer patients to social service organizations that can provide other supports such as food, transportation assistance, housing, employment services and more. In turn, participating organizations will be able to refer patients and clients to each other. This interconnected approach also increases the likelihood that vulnerable Virginians will access support services to manage their health conditions and the environmental factors that contribute to them. Data insights gleaned from the integrated technology platform will help state government, providers and other partners identify critical needs and better focus efforts to serve these Virginians.
Unite Us provides unifying infrastructure between health care providers and community-based organizations as the foundation for social care transformation at scale. With networks in more than 40 states, Unite Us is the statewide technology platform in North Carolina and the company is developing programs similar to what is planned in Virginia in communities in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon and South Dakota. In Virginia, Unite Us already powers networks in the Hampton Roads and Shenandoah Valley regions. When fully established, this network will be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s broader public health framework.
Dec. 18, 2020 Update - 1 p.m.
Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Vote to Amend FY21 Budget
Amended budget includes largest pay increase for public safety workers in Chesterfield history; continued investment in economic development and workforce
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors cleared the way for record employee, infrastructure and economic investment after voting unanimously on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to amend the county’s FY21 budget.
One of the largest amendments approved by the Board of Supervisors is dedicating $13.5 million to address public safety pay – the largest such investment to public safety in county history. The approved measure will make starting salaries for Chesterfield Police, Sheriff and Fire/EMS employees some of the most competitive in the state. It establishes a new step plan for public safety career advancements and eradicate pay compression for Chesterfield Police, Sheriff and Fire/EMS. Increases to county public safety compensation are part of a pay study conducted earlier this year at the request of the Board of Supervisors.
Aside from addressing compensation for public safety workers, other FY21 budget amendments highlight additional investment in the county’s government workforce that include, a 2% merit raise, lifting all departmental hiring freezes and dedicated resources for new equipment and infrastructure.
Other approved amendments include:
- The acquisition of strategic economic development sites.
- $3 million for synthetic turf replacement and installing stadium seating on one of the athletic fields at River City Sportsplex.
- Hiring 10 full-time librarians.
- Recruiting and hiring a new planning assistant director.
- Increases to the county’s custodial contract to keep pace with COVID-19 protocols.
The Board of Supervisors also allocated $8.2 million in savings from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) for a 2% bonus for eligible employees. View the full discussion on the Board of Supervisors’ decision.
The FY21 budget was first approved in April. However, the Board of Supervisors shaved roughly $52 million from the original proposed budget through a series of measures that included furloughs and hiring freezes because of the economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a rise in local sales tax receipts, continued robust residential development and early cost-saving measures in April provided $54 million additional revenue capacity.
Read the full news release.
Dec. 16, 2020 Update - 4:30 p.m.
Funding Available for Chesterfield Water/Wastewater Customers
CARES Act funding provided to Utilities Department by State of Virginia
The Chesterfield County Utilities Department is offering assistance to customers who have delinquent water or wastewater bills due to a financial hardship as a direct result from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State of Virginia is providing Chesterfield County Utilities a portion of its federal Coronavirus Relief Funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide direct assistance to customers who have a delinquent balance on their Chesterfield County utility water or wastewater account. This assistance is available for customers that have experienced a financial hardship resulting directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For a customer to be considered for assistance:
- There must be at least a 30-day past-due balance on the account that would have occurred between the timeframe of March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020, and may not be used for past-due amounts prior to this time period.
- Funds cannot be used for deposits, down payments, fees, late fees, interest or penalties.
- The customer must certify that they have experienced a financial hardship resulting directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 public health emergency or that they have experienced a hardship to pay during the COVID-19 public health emergency prior to receiving direct assistance.
The deadline to apply for this program is Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
To qualify for assistance, complete the online application at COVID-19 Water/Wastewater Assistance Program webpage or call the department at 804-748-1291. Applicants needing assistance completing the form online, can email UtilitiesCARES@chesterfield.gov with their name, address and phone number.
Read the full news release.
Dec. 16, 2020 Update - 1:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Presents Budget Amendments to Restore Progressive Agenda, Provide Relief to Virginians and Bolster Economic Recovery
Includes funding for Virginia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Governor Ralph Northam addressed the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly to share his proposed amendments to the 2020–2022 biennial budget. The Governor’s proposed budget provides funding for Virginia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bolsters the Commonwealth’s economic recovery and continues restoring the bold, progressive agenda advanced during the 2020 legislative session.
The Governor’s budget delivers on his signature priorities by making key investments to support early childhood, K-12, and higher education; boost funding for historically black colleges and universities; increase access to quality, affordable housing; transform African American historical and cultural sites; expand high-speed broadband; and reform the criminal justice system. The budget also funds Virginia’s aggressive pandemic response and ensures Virginians will have widespread access to the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available.
Importantly, this budget invests in the future while maintaining sound financial stewardship. The Commonwealth’s strong economic fundamentals and the Northam Administration’s focus on prudent management and budget stability have protected Virginia from cutting services, like many other states. While states need additional federal relief, this budget enables the Commonwealth to continue navigating the pandemic—regardless of what happens in Washington.
Dec. 14, 2020 Update - 4:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Welcomes First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine to Virginia
Frontline health care workers to begin receiving vaccine in coming days
Governor Ralph Northam welcomed one of the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a Bon Secours hospital in Richmond, Virginia. This initial allotment of 72,150 doses is arriving today and tomorrow at health systems across the Commonwealth and will be administered to frontline health care workers as early as tomorrow.
Initial shipments are being delivered to health systems across the Commonwealth this week, as expected, with vaccinations for health care workers beginning tomorrow. Health care workers that directly care for COVID-19 patients will receive top priority among providers in Virginia.
Virginia health systems expect to receive an estimated 480,000 doses of vaccine from two manufacturers, Pfizer and Moderna, by the end of December. This initial allocation will begin the inoculation process for nearly all health care personnel and long-term care facility residents. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) estimates that there are up to 500,000 individuals in these two top priority groups in the Commonwealth.
Dec. 11, 2020 Update - 4 p.m.
Dec. 16 Board of Supervisors Meeting to be Held In Person
Residents can also submit comments ahead of time using online form
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 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.
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. Face coverings will be required and members of the public will be need to pass a simple health screening before entering the building.
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, Dec. 15) 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 Dec. 15, 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, Dec. 15 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.
Dec. 10, 2020 Update - 2:45 p.m.
Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread
Virginians should stay at home from midnight to 5 a.m., wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, limit social gatherings to 10
Governor Ralph Northam announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 and remain in place through Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.
The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14:
- Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work and seeking medical attention.
- Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, released Friday, Dec. 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.
- Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements and are not included in this limit.
- Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms must close by midnight.
- Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.
While Virginia’s new cases per capita remain lower than 43 other states, all of the Commonwealth’s five health regions are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases, positive tests and hospitalizations. Virginia is currently averaging more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. Statewide test positivity rate is at 11%, an increase from 7% approximately one month ago. More than 2,000 Virginians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide, an increase of over 80% in the last four weeks.
View the full text of Executive Order Seventy-Two (PDF), which incorporates earlier Executive Orders Sixty-Three Sixty-Seven.
For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website.
Dec. 9, 2020 Update - 4 p.m.
Virginia Allocates $100 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund, Benefitting 2,500 Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Northam urges Congress to quickly pass a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package so Virginia can continue program
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the $100 million Rebuild VA economic recovery fund has awarded grants to 2,500 Virginia businesses and nonprofits whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All available funding for Rebuild VA has been fully committed and Governor Northam is again calling on Congress to take swift action and pass a new relief package that delivers substantial aid to businesses and families by the end of the year.
Approximately $50 million was awarded to women, minority and veteran-owned businesses. More than 45 percent of the funding was awarded to 997 small businesses and nonprofits located in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities and businesses with less than $2 million in annual revenue received 91 percent of the program’s funding. To date, Rebuild VA has received 15,700 applications and the average grant award was $35,636.
Rebuild VA, which is administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), launched in August with an initial $70 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In October, Governor Northam directed an additional $30 million in CARES Act dollars to expand the program.
Visit the Rebuild RVA website for additional information and frequently asked questions.
Dec. 8, 2020 Update - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 Planning Commission Meeting to be Held In Person
Residents can also submit comments prior to the meeting using the online public comment form
The Chesterfield Planning Commission will hold its Tuesday, Dec. 15 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 public comment form to provide comment on public hearings regarding zoning cases. Those wishing to comment must submit a new 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 emailing Planning or by calling 804-748-1125.
The Planning Commission will accept all public comments (via online form, telephone message and email) until 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 to ensure the comments are provided to the Planning Commission for their consideration prior to the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
View agenda, staff reports and presentations for the Tuesday, Dec, 15 Planning Commission meeting.
The Chesterfield Planning Commission meeting will be livestreamed on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, including Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28, and on the Chesterfield County YouTube.
For additional Planning information, visit the Planning Department webpage.
Read the full news release.
Dec. 3, 2020 Update - Noon
2020 State of the County Address to be Publicly Broadcast
View the address live on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey, in partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and ChamberRVA, will deliver Chesterfield’s State of the County address at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Due to health precautions related to COVID-19, the event will be conducted virtually, providing an opportunity for the public to watch the address live from the comfort of their homes or workplaces.
As part of the State of the County address, Dr. Casey will provide an overview of the county’s advancement during the pandemic to pivot service delivery and keep the county open for business. He will also highlight the county budget, capital and infrastructure investments, and business development, among other topics, as well as provide an overall vision for the county’s future.
Additionally, Dr. Casey will discuss plans for a $54 million budget surplus that has prompted the Board of Supervisors to consider an array of amendments to the FY2021 spending plan, including investment in the county’s workforce. The surplus is the result of the county’s quick actions to mitigate financial impact early into the pandemic, increased sales tax revenue, and an accelerated rate of residential growth.
For more information, visit the State of the County webpage.
Read the full news release.
Dec. 1, 2020 Update - 5:45 p.m.
Chesterfield County Public Schools' Curbside and Meals Service Distribution Plans Reactivated
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2
To best serve families while students are away from school in an all-virtual learning environment, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ (CCPS) Food and Nutrition Services has added offsite meals distribution locations and reopened many school locations for curbside pickup.
Meals service begins Wednesday, Dec. 2.
All Chesterfield County youth ages 18 and under, regardless of household income, are eligible to receive free school meals through Friday, June 18, 2021. Free meals for children ages 18 and under will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note these important updates to the distribution of FREE meals:
- Meal distribution will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Children do not have to be present to pick up free meals. To pick up meals without a child present, please tell the staff member your child’s first and last name.
- Each pickup day, a child will receive the current and following day’s meals. On Fridays, distribution will include meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Dinner is included at select sites in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent extension.