County Response to COVID-19
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:
- CDC Main COVID-19 Site
- VDH Main COVID-19 Site
- VDH - COVIDCheck
- VDH - COVIDWISE
- Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) COVID-19 Resources
- VDH COVID-19 Daily Dashboard (For Chesterfield-specific data, either click the county on the main dashboard tab map or go to the Locality tab and scroll to Chesterfield Health District.)
- VDH COVID-19 Testing Information
- VDH COVID-19 Testing Sites Map
- CDC COVID-19 Videos (YouTube Channel Playlist)
- Chesterfield County COVID-19 Videos (YouTube Channel Playlist)
Chesterfield Health District: Director’s Corner
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.
Specific Event Information: Visit the County Calendar
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
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.
- Listen as Chair Leslie Haley and Vice Chair Kevin Carroll joined John Reid on WRVA’s Richmond Morning News to talk about the 2020-2021 school year. Audio-Only Video (July 17, 2020)
- Leslie Haley - Midlothian District Supervisor and Chair - Video (April 7, 2020)
- Chris Winslow - Clover Hill District Supervisor - Video (April 10, 2020)
- Kevin Carroll - Matoaca District Supervisor and Vice Chair - Video (April 15, 2020)
- Jim Holland - Dale District Supervisor - Video (April 22, 2020)
- Jim Ingle - Bermuda District Supervisor - Video (May 1, 2020)
- County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey and Leslie Haley - Article (March 24, 2020)
- Board of Supervisors - Article (March 31, 2020)
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:
- Aug. 14 Updates
- Aug. 13 Updates
- Aug. 12 Updates
- Aug. 11 Updates
- Aug. 7 Updates
- Aug. 5 Updates
- Aug. 4 Updates
- July 2020 Updates
- June 2020 Updates
- May 2020 Updates
- April 2020 Updates
- March 2020 Updates
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.
Aug. 13, 2020 Update - 10:15 a.m.
Governor Northam Announces Launch of Pediatric Coronavirus Serology Study
Interim adult serology study findings show an estimated 2.4% of adult Virginians have COVID-19 antibodies
Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study in Northern Virginia. Interim results from Virginia’s ongoing adult serology study show an estimated 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. The new pediatric study, completed in collaboration with Inova Health System, will measure the proportion of children and teens with antibodies to COVID-19.
Northern Virginia was selected for this project due to the number of confirmed COVID-19 pediatric cases reported in the region. Northern Virginia’s population is also diverse in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status and race, which provides an important comparison to the rest of the Commonwealth.
Inova Children’s Hospital will recruit up to 1,000 participants aged 0 - 19-years-old who live in Northern Virginia and seek care at participating clinical sites. Participants’ blood samples will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicate that a person had a COVID-19 infection in the past.
VDH will use the information collected from this project to estimate the total number of children and teenagers that have been infected with the COVID-19 virus in Northern Virginia and statewide, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections. VDH will also analyze children's risk factors for COVID-19 infection, including age, underlying health conditions, sociodemographic characteristics, history of COVID-19 infection within households and childcare exposures. Preliminary results are expected by mid-September.
Adult Study: Interim Results
In early June, the Commonwealth launched an adult COVID-19 serology study in partnership with the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sentara Healthcare and Carilion Clinic. To date, that project has enrolled 4,652 adults (93%) of the 5,000 participant goal and is ongoing.
The interim analysis, based on 3,113 participants, estimates that 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. By region, the estimated COVID-19 antibody prevalence is: Northern, 4.2%; Central, 3.0%; Eastern, 1.5%; Southwest, 1.0%; and Northwestern, 0.9%.
According to the study, COVID-19 antibodies are 13.1 times higher among Hispanic adults (14.4%) than non-Hispanic adults (1.1%). Adults under 50 years-old have the highest seroprevalence, while adults ages 60-69 and 70-79 have a 1.0% and 1.4% seroprevalence, respectively.
Adults who reported a health condition that put them at risk for severe complications of COVID-19 infection had a lower prevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 than those without a chronic health condition (1.5% compared to 3.0%). A full report is expected at the conclusion of the study next month, September 2020.
Aug. 12, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
Aug. 18 Planning Commission Meeting to be Held in Person
Residents can also submit comments ahead of time using online form
The Chesterfield County Planning Commission will hold its Tuesday, Aug. 18 meeting in person in the Public Meeting Room, 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 email@example.com, 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, Aug. 17 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 Aug. 18 Planning Commission meeting can be found on www.chesterfield.gov/plan.
The Chesterfield Planning Commission Meeting will be livestreamed on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television (Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28) and on YouTube at YouTube.com/ChesterfieldCountyVA.
Aug. 11, 2020 Update - 5:15 p.m.
Chesterfield Health Department Announces Additional August Free COVID-19 Testing Event
Residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should register prior to attending
The Chesterfield Health Department is adding an additional COVID-19 testing event set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Crystal Lake Apartments located at 3501 Meadowville Blvd.
The Aug. 19 event is one of several planned testing events set throughout the county as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, including a drive-thru testing event from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow at Beulah United Methodist Church located at 6930 Hopkins Road.
Other free COVID-19 testing events in August:
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020; 5-7 p.m.
Beulah United Methodist Church
6930 Hopkins Road
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020; 5-7 p.m.
Crystal Lake Apartments
3501 Meadowville Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020; Noon-2 p.m.
Jeff Davis Flea Market
5700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020; 5-7 p.m.
Journey Christian Church
3700 Price Club Blvd.
Testing is for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms and is free for uninsured or underinsured persons.
While some appointments will be reserved for walk-ups, testing is limited and appointments should be made prior to arriving. 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), should call the Chesterfield Health Department at 804-318-8207.
Spanish speaking staff also will be present during the testing event.
Aug. 7, 2020 Update - 5 p.m.
Chesterfield Navigating Strict Guidelines for Spending Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds
County informing citizens in preparation for Aug. 26 public hearing
In preparation for the Wednesday, Aug. 26 Board of Supervisors public hearing about the county’s use of federal CARES Act funding, Chesterfield is informing citizens about how the money may be spent in accordance with guidelines set by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund to assist states and communities in overcoming challenges directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal dollars come with restrictions for how they may be spent. The public hearing will assist county leaders in further developing plans to allocate the funds in ways that best meet needs in the community while remaining within the strict guidelines.
Using the federal guidance provided, Chesterfield has identified six categories in which the money may be applied, including virus mitigation/public health, schools, food insecurity, business assistance, technology and community assistance. The money may not be used for recurring costs, revenue shortfalls or other expenses related to the normal day-to-day operation of government or schools.
Chesterfield’s allocation from the state equals approximately $61.5 million that have come in two equal payments since the start of the pandemic. States received CARES Act funding based on population. Virginia also used population to determine its distribution of the funds among local governments.
Chesterfield was not able to account for the funds in the budget leaders adopted April 22, but the money can cover COVID-19-related expenses incurred between March 1 and Dec. 30, and the funds must be used by the end of the year.
Examples of how Chesterfield initially allocated some of the funds include personal protective equipment and protective barriers as the county worked to maintain public services. Funds have also been used to provide grants to businesses to help them weather the pandemic’s significant economic impact. Further planning includes exploring the use of CARES Act funding to support daycare facilities and a newly planned spatial day-support program in a handful of schools in an effort to assist citizens juggling the constraints of work and caring for children who will be learning virtually this fall.
County leaders are also expected to allocate CARES Act funds to assist schools in ultimately reopening to in-person learning, as well as possible heating and air-conditioning upgrades at schools to improve air quality.
View details about how local governments may apply CARES Act funds.
View detailed FAQ about the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
View details about speaking during a Board of Supervisors public hearing.
Read the full news release.
Aug. 7, 2020 Update - 2 p.m.
Virginia Supreme Court Grants Temporary Statewide Eviction Moratorium
Court suspends eviction proceedings through Sept. 7 at Governor’s request
Governor Ralph Northam announced a temporary statewide moratorium on eviction proceedings in Virginia. The moratorium, which will begin on Monday, Aug. 10 and remain in effect through Monday, Sept. 7, halts all eviction proceedings related to failure to pay rent. Governor Northam requested this moratorium in a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons on July 24.
On June 29, Governor Northam launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP), which provides an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Virginia households facing eviction and foreclosure due to COVID-19. View eligibility and application information for the RMRP.
Tenants are encouraged to know their rights and responsibilities and pay their rent on time if they are able. Please visit StayHomeVirginia.com for additional information and resources on tenant rights.
View Governor Northam’s letter to Chief Justice Lemons requesting this moratorium.
View the order from the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Aug. 5, 2020 Update - 3:30 p.m.
Governor Northam Launches COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19
Virginia is first-in-the-nation to use Apple-Google Bluetooth framework to protect personal privacy
Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data. Users opt-in to download and utilize the free app.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed COVIDWISE in partnership with Spring ML using funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The free app is available to download through the App Store and the Google Play Store. COVIDWISE is the only app in Virginia allowed to use the exposure notifications system (ENS) application programming interface (API) jointly created by Apple and Google. Other countries, including Ireland and Germany, have successfully used this technology in similar apps.
COVIDWISE works by using random Bluetooth keys that change every 10 to 20 minutes. iOS and Android devices that have the app installed will anonymously share these random keys if they are within close proximity for at least 15 minutes. Each day, the device downloads a list of all random keys associated with positive COVID-19 results submitted by other app users and checks them against the list of random keys it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there is a match, COVIDWISE may notify the individual, taking into account the date and duration of exposure, and the Bluetooth signal strength which is used to estimate proximity.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be notified by a VDH case investigator and will be given a unique numeric code. This code is entered into the app by the user and serves as verification of a positive report. Others who have downloaded COVIDWISE and have been in close proximity to the individual who reported as being positive will receive a notice which reads, “You have likely been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is your alert to get tested.
The notice includes the estimated number of days since the exposure and provides several options for taking further action, including contacting a primary care physician or local health department, monitoring symptoms and finding nearby test locations. The Virtual VDH tab within the app also provides links to online resources and relevant phone numbers.
Anyone who downloads the app has the option to choose to receive exposure notifications, and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to share their result anonymously through COVIDWISE. No location data or personal information is ever collected, stored, tracked or transmitted to VDH as part of the app. Users have the ability to delete the app or turn off exposure notifications at any time.
Widespread use is critical to the success of this effort, and VDH is launching a robust, statewide public information campaign to make sure Virginians are aware of the COVIDWISE app, its privacy protection features, and how it can be used to support public health and help reduce the spread of the virus.
To learn more about COVIDWISE and the download the app, visit www.covidwise.org.
Read the one-page information sheet on COVIDWISE.
Aug. 5, 2020 Update - 10:45 a.m.
Aug. 4, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Virginia Joins Bipartisan, Interstate Compact to Expand Rapid Antigen Testing
Six-state agreement will put Virginia on path to purchase 500,000 rapid, point-of-care antigen tests
Governor Ralph Northam announced a cutting-edge interstate compact to expand the use of rapid antigen testing in Virginia. Governor Northam joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in this bipartisan agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation, which represents the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With today’s announcement, these six states are entering formal discussions with Becton Dickinson and Quidel, the U.S. manufacturers of antigen tests that have already been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, to purchase 500,000 rapid antigen tests per state. By joining together, states are demonstrating to private manufacturers that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests, which deliver results in 15 to 20 minutes. Additional states, cities and local governments may join the compact in the coming weeks.
This interstate cooperative purchasing agreement will provide a unique platform to purchase tests and associated supplies in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. In addition, the states will coordinate on policies and protocols regarding rapid antigen testing technology. The Rockefeller Foundation will assist in facilitating financing mechanisms to support this large-scale interstate testing compact.
July 2020 Updates
April 2020 Updates
All April 2020 updates have been moved to the COVID-19 Updates Archive - April 2020.