COVID-19 Updates Archive - January 2021

  1. Jan. 27 Updates 
  2. Jan. 25 Updates
  3. Jan. 22 Updates
  4. Jan. 14 Updates
  5. Jan. 13 Updates
  6. Jan. 6 Updates
  7. Jan. 4 Updates

Jan. 27, 2021 Update - 1 p.m.

Virginia Enacts First-in-the-Nation Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Standards Amid Pandemic
Governor Northam approves standard recently adopted by Safety and Health Codes Board, rules are effective beginning today

Virginia’s permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules take effect today, Wednesday, Jan. 27, after Governor Northam approved the standard adopted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board last week. The standards mandate appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth.

In the absence of a federal standard, Virginia took action last year to create the nation’s first emergency temporary workplace safety and health requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The permanent standards align closely with the emergency temporary rules adopted in July and are intended to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect Virginia workers. The temporary standards were effective for six months and the Board worked to make permanent through the process defined in state law. These workplace safety requirements will remain effective throughout the pandemic. The Board will reconvene within 14 days of the expiration of Governor Northam’s COVID-19 emergency declaration to determine whether there is a continued need for the standard.

In addition to requiring all public-facing employees to wear masks, the standards ensure ready access to hand sanitizer and the regular cleaning of common work spaces. Employers must train employees on COVID-19 safety and to develop infectious disease and preparedness response plans. The new permanent regulations include guidelines for returning to work and communicating about employees who test positive and potential exposures. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will enforce the permanent standard.

After receiving a complaint, the Department works with the employer to be compliant with no further investigation. If serious concerns arise in the fact finding interviews or the Department receives multiple complaints, a formal investigation will be launched. The Department has received over 13,000 complaints around workplace safety due to COVID-19, with 100 needing full investigation due to serious concerns and 27 employers being cited.

At least six other states have adopted comprehensive COVID-19 workplace safety standards in the months since Virginia’s first-in-the-nation emergency temporary standard went into effect. On January 21, President Biden signed an executive order directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue guidance for employers on keeping workers safe and preventing COVID-19 exposure by March 15.

View the final permanent standard. The infectious disease preparedness and response plan templates and training guidance are available at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry website

Workers who feel unsafe in their workplace can file a formal complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Read the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom

Jan. 27, 2021 Update - 11 a.m.

VDH Chesterfield Health District Announces February Free COVID-19 Testing Events 
Residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to attend upcoming free testing events 

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 across Chesterfield, the VDH Chesterfield Health District is launching a series of free testing events throughout February.

The free indoor, walk-up testing events will occur on the following days and locations: 

Mondays: Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 – 1-3 p.m.
Second Baptist Church
5100 West Hundred Road 

Wednesdays: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – 1-3 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Catholic Church
4400 Beulah Road 

Thursdays: Feb. 11 and 25 – 10 a.m. - Noon
Walmsley United Methodist Church
2950 Walmsley Blvd. 

No reservation is necessary.

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

Jan. 27, 2021 Update - 9 a.m.

Chesterfield to Safely Reopen Additional County Facilities
Additional historic sites set to open their doors

Chesterfield County has announced plans to reopen two historic museums. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Chesterfield County Museum and the historic 1892 Jail, which have been closed since March of last year, will reopen to the public and operate on a weekly schedule of Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Both museums are located on Mimms Loop in the Courthouse Green at the Chesterfield Government Center.

Magnolia Grange Museum House, which reopened on a limited basis in September, remains open with a weekly schedule of Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For information regarding the County Museum and historic 1892 Jail, contact Bryan Truzzie, 804-751-4946. For details on upcoming Saturday programs and events, please visit the Chesterfield Historical Society website.

Several public health safeguards have been instituted at the facilities according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including requiring facial coverings be worn indoors at all times, adhering to social distancing guidelines, designating specific doors for entry and exit and implementing enhanced cleanings.

About the Chesterfield County Museum
The Chesterfield County Museum serves as a replica of the first colonial courthouse built in 1750. Museum exhibits include Powhatan Indian culture, artifacts from America’s first iron furnace and coal mines, historic Civil War relics, artifacts from early Chesterfield colonial life, a reproduction of an early 20th century General Store and a changing exhibit space. Suggested donation of $2 per person.

About the historic 1892 Jail
The historic 1892 Jail replaced several earlier jails that once stood on the Courthouse Green. It has been restored and is open for tours. The jail contains the original prison cells upstairs and has a changing exhibit space on the first floor. Suggested donation is $1 per person.

About Magnolia Grange
This Federal-style plantation house built in 1822 is noted for its distinctive architecture. Three families lived in the house, each making important contributions to life in Chesterfield County. Today, the house is furnished with artifacts that interpret life at a country plantation during the 19th century. For more information contact Lorie Arnold by phone at 804-748-1498.

Read the full news release