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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have many resources available for citizens to learn more about the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Please visit these main sites for the most up-to-date information: 

Chesterfield Health District: Director’s Corner

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Chesterfield Health District Director Dr. Alexander Samuel provides updates on COVID-19 in our community. 

For Chesterfield Health District case status and other relevant updates from Dr. Samuel, please visit our Director Updates page at Chesterfield County News(updated Aug. 6, 2020) 

In this video, Dr. Samuel provides an update on COVID-19 in Chesterfield County on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (updated Aug. 6, 2020)

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Call Centers Information

Visit the Call Centers Information webpage for phone numbers and hours for the Chesterfield Health District Call Center and Mental Health Support Services phone numbers.

Chesterfield Department and Services Information; Phased Reopening Announcements: 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommendations and guidelines, Chesterfield County will be announcing a phased reopening of government buildings and facilities. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Departmental Phased Reopening Information webpage for new and updated information.

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If you are looking for information about a specific event, please visit our County Calendar. Specific department calendars can be selected by using the "Select a Calendar" drop-down function and topics can also be keyword-searched by using the calendar search bar feature.

From the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors

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The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors provides updates on how the county is assisting residents, businesses and other organizations adjusting to the "new norm" of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor of Virginia Updates

Governor Ralph Northam provides updates on the current COVID-19 status in Virginia at press conferences given as needed. Find out more information from the Governor’s office at:

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Aug. 14, 2020 Update - 1 p.m.

Governor Northam Unveils Priorities for Upcoming Special Session
Governor’s proposals include measures to reform policing, protect Virginians from eviction; close the digital divide

Governor Northam unveiled his administration’s key priorities for the upcoming Virginia General Assembly special session, set to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.

Legislators will reconvene to address Virginia’s biennial budget, which has been severely impacted by the ongoing global pandemic. In addition, Governor Northam is proposing several measures to advance equity, reform policing and protect the safety, health and welfare of Virginians during this crisis.

Below are several of Governor Northam’s priorities for the upcoming special session. Additional priorities will be announced at the Governor’s annual speech to the General Assembly Joint Money Committees, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Safe, Affordable Housing

Access to safe and stable housing is critically important, particularly in the midst of the ongoing health crisis. That is why Governor Northam is proposing $88 million in state funding to combat evictions and to expand access to affordable housing. These investments include a historic $85 million investment in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, which will complement federal CARES Act funding to expand access to affordable housing, reduce homelessness and protect Virginians from eviction. The Governor is also proposing $3.3 million in funding to establish an Eviction Prevention and Diversion Pilot Program to reduce evictions in communities across the Commonwealth. 

In addition, Governor Northam is proposing a pause on evictions until at least April 30, 2021, tied to the requirement that landlords and tenants work together on a payment plan and seek out financial assistance, including through Virginia’s statewide Rent and Mortgage Relief Program.

While Virginians remain safely housed, they also need access to critical utility services. The Governor’s package includes a moratorium on utility disconnections for electric, water and natural gas utilities until 60 days after the current state of emergency ends. 

Access to Broadband

A recent SCHEV report found that nearly 200,000 K-12 students and 60,000 college students across Virginia lack access to broadband at home. This disparity is particularly troubling as many school districts across Virginia plan a virtual start to the school year. To address this, Governor Northam is proposing a record $85 million to expand access to broadband for unserved communities. This historic investment in the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) will fund last-mile broadband infrastructure across the Commonwealth during this time of need.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black Colleges and Universities play an essential role in reducing educational inequities, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. That is why Governor Northam is proposing a $15 million investment in Virginia’s public HBCUs. This funding will increase support for underserved students and will fund needed technology upgrades.

Police and Criminal Justice Reform

In July, Governor Northam directed the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Virginia African American Advisory Board and the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law to develop policy recommendations and share input with the administration. Governor Northam has also communicated regularly with activists, community leaders and law enforcement officials, and incorporated their feedback into his policy priorities.

The Governor’s special session priorities include measures to:

  • Expand the criteria for which a law enforcement officer can be decertified, to include officers who are terminated due to law or policy violations or resign during an ongoing investigation;
  • Empower Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board to initiate decertification proceedings when de-certifiable conduct is brought to the Board’s attention, regardless of written notice from a local law enforcement department;
  • Require law enforcement officers to intervene when they see a colleague engaging in or attempting to engage in unlawful use of force;
  • Standardize law-enforcement training across Virginia through development of statewide minimum training standards, curriculum and lesson plans, to include use of force tactics;
  • Mandate information-sharing between hiring agencies and previous employers and strengthen the vetting process of newly-hired officers;
  • Create best practices for Civilian Review Panels and empower localities to establish review panels;
  • Diversify the Criminal Justice Services Board’s Committee on Training to include representatives from civil rights and community organizations, and require opportunities for public input into the development of training standards.

In addition, Governor Northam and his administration are working closely with legislators on measures not outlined above, including proposals related to behavioral health, fair and free elections, and racial equity. Additional proposals will be announced at the Governor’s annual speech to the General Assembly Joint Money Committees, and the Governor looks forward to continued discussions with lawmakers throughout the special session.

Read the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom