Chesterfield County, Virginia's Weekly E-Newsletter
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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County Response to COVID-19
Commonwealth Deploys COVIDCheck to Help Virginians Self-Screen for COVID-19
Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginians can now use  COVIDCheck , a new online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health care resource, including COVID-19 testing.

COVIDCheck is a free, web-based, artificial intelligence-powered telehealth tool that can help individuals displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 self-assess their risk and determine the best next steps, such as self-isolation, seeing a doctor or seeking emergency care. This resource assists in identifying users who are at higher risk of COVID-19 and can help individuals find a nearby testing site. It is not to be used in place of emergency medical care. 

COVIDCheck users who say they are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 are screened for occupational and medical risk factors and are given one of five care levels in accordance with the  Virginia Department of Health’s  (VDH) categories.

By answering a series of questions, an individual can receive a personalized, real-time self-assessment with information and recommendations on what to do next. The recommendations, based on the latest guidance from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC), include advice on when to contact a medical professional or seek emergency care, next steps for care based on zip code and permission to follow up with the individual in three days to see how the person is doing.

Chesterfield Economic Development Shares Important Phase One Information
Garrett Hart, Director of  Economic Development  for Chesterfield County,  shared important information  regarding the  Let’s Take it Outside, Chesterfield!  and  Chesterfield Eats to Go  initiatives during his Thursday, May 21 interview with John Reid of WRVA.
Additional Resources During COVID-19
May 27 Board of Supervisors Meeting
to be Held Virtually
The Chesterfield County  Board of Supervisors  meeting on Wednesday, May 27, will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams to decrease the spread of COVID-19. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials.

The virtual meeting will begin at 6 p.m.  rather than 2 p.m., as previously scheduled, and will be available for listening on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on   and the  county’s YouTube channel .

All public comments received by the deadline (which was Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m.) will be distributed to the Board of Supervisors 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.

As a reminder, the Board of Supervisors meeting will be available for listening on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on   and the  county’s YouTube channel .
June 3 Board of Zoning Appeals
 to be Held Virtually
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Wednesday,  June 3 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting  will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams as an effort to decrease the spread of the virus. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials. The Public Meeting Room, located at 10001 Ironbridge Road, will be closed.

Citizens are encouraged to use the online comment form at  to provide comment on public hearings regarding Board of Zoning Appeals 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. In addition to the form, comments can also be received by email at , or by calling 804-748-1050.

The  Board of Zoning Appeals  will accept all public comments (online portal, telephone message and email)  until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2  to ensure the comments are provided to the Board prior to the June 3 meeting for their consideration.
ChamberRVA Introduces New Initiative to Support
 the Reopening of the Richmond Region
With the support of ChamberRVA , Richmond region business, community and governmental leaders have  come together  to form  ForwardRVA , a coalition focused on creating an innovative reopening and planning framework.

The immediate focus is to support businesses in reopening and operating safely. In the days and weeks ahead, ForwardRVA will share tools and resources, which will include the perspectives of RVA’s restaurateurs, retailers and small business owners.

To assist businesses in a responsible reopening, ForwardRVA will provide free Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) starter toolkits for RVA’s small, local, retail, and restaurant businesses with 25 or fewer employees that have remained open or are planning a future reopening. The toolkits include face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, “We’re Open” signage and important safety information.

The toolkits will be available for pickup at several locations throughout the region on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28.  Small business owners must register in advance for the toolkits and select their pickup location at

ForwardRVA’s approach to reopening aligns with Governor Northam’s  Forward Virginia  blueprint. Both follow  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) guidelines.

For more information on the PPE Starter Toolkits, ForwardRVA and Forward Virginia, go to .

New Websites Honor Chesterfield County's
Fallen Heroes
In commemoration of Memorial Day, Chesterfield County unveiled two new websites designed to honor the sacrifices of local public safety and military heroes who lost their lives while serving the county and the country.

The  Chesterfield Fallen Public Safety Heroes  and  Chesterfield Fallen Military Heroes  websites were designed to allow citizens to virtually tour the memorial markers, roads, bridges and public facilities dedicated to Chesterfield employees and residents who died while serving the citizens of Chesterfield County domestically and/or the safety of the United States abroad.
Chesterfield Fallen Heroes - Military and Public Safety
The Fallen Heroes websites offer several functions to users, including the ability to read heroes’ biographical profiles and learn more about how each were memorialized by Chesterfield County. Users are also able to learn the physical location of the heroes’ memorial markers using a virtual map, read memorial inscriptions and, where available, watch videos of the public safety officials’ and soldiers’ dedication ceremonies.

The Chesterfield Fallen Public Safety Heroes website may be accessed via the  Fire and EMS Police  and the  Sheriff  webpages. The Chesterfield Fallen Military Heroes website is available on the county’s  History webpage .

For more information, read the full news release.
Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Sokka
Meet Sokka:
This handsome boy is Sokka! Sokka has a gorgeous black coat and if you look close enough you will see, he has one light brown eye and one dark brown eye. He is very high-spirited and has endless energy.

Sokka loves to run around in the yard and play with toys. His favorite game is fetch and he is a master at bringing the ball back. Sokka is very lovable and enjoys scratches behind the ear.

Due to his athletic nature, he would do well in a home with a yard to run around in. Sokka does well with other dogs and would benefit from having a sibling. Sokka is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois Mix.

Animal #567123
If you're  interested in adopting  Sokka or any other adoptable pets, contact the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter by calling (804)748-1683 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment . You'll need a current Virginia driver's license or picture identification with current address and adoption fees in check or cash. Keep an eye on the  Chesterfield County Animal Services Facebook page  for more adoptable pet announcements!
Chesterfield - Employee Excellence:
Mental Health Support Services;
Parks and Recreation - Virtual Recreation Programs
These unprecedented times have forced innovative adaptations in how Chesterfield County continues to keep resources and services available for our citizens, businesses and employees. Those adaptations have taken multiple forms, from teleworking to completely new processes, and many employees are being redeployed in other areas to keep essential functions operating.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be gathering stories to highlight our employees’ innovative contributions and the many services that are still available to our citizens. We are all adjusting to this "new norm" in which we find ourselves, but, rest assured, Chesterfield is still open for business and serving citizens.
Mental Health Support Services
Even in the best of times, Chesterfield’s  Department of Mental Health Support Services  (MHSS) has the important, yet difficult, task of providing an array of health services to our community. Under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, MHSS was faced with having to provide critical care to residents without risking the spread of the coronavirus.

MHSS knew that putting their vital services on hold was not an option. So, they adapted.

Although the MHSS building is currently closed to the public, the medical services team continued to distribute psychiatric medications and provide outdoor, drive-by injections by appointments.
Clockwise, from left: Nie’cole Debates, psychiatric RN, providing a long-acting injection; Monique Hayes, OBOT RN, handing a cup for a urine drug screen; Rose Rodgers, medication assistant, handing out medications from Westwood pharmacy.
In addition, MHSS nurses continue to conduct Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) drug testing and screening. By following guidelines established by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MHSS is cleaning and sanitizing their offices after assisting customers, and chairs in their waiting area have been spaced out to meet best practices for social distancing.

According to Kelly Fried, executive director of MHSS, innovating to meet residents’ needs has been a team effort.

“These are just a few examples of the many unique and creative ways staff are continuing to provide services offered by MHSS,” said Fried. “Unprecedented times call for unprecedented ways of delivering services, and MHSS staff have been incredible in ensuring our citizens are continuing to receive the critical services they need.”

For more information about the important work being done by MHSS, visit their  department webpage .

In addition,  listen to an interview  between Fried and WRWK 93.9 FM about staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic.
Parks and Recreation virtual recreation programs cover a wide variety of topics: top right, Kecia Allen demonstrates chair aerobics; bottom right, Tory Rogers edits recreation videos.
Parks and Recreation: Virtual Recreation Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many public buildings and facilities to close to the public. For Chesterfield’s  Department of Parks and Recreation , these closures have meant thinking creatively about how to continue offering residents educational, entertaining programming. 

Quickly, Parks and Recreation developed a  YouTube playlist of virtual recreational programs , created the  Virtual Recreation Program webpage   and began uploading content to the  department’s Facebook page

Interested in staying active while social distancing? Parks and Recreation’s new webpage and YouTube playlist have several at-home workout videos, including  chair aerobics functional fitness karate  and more.  
Want to learn more about nature? Check out Parks and Recreation’s “ All About Bees " and “ River Safety ” videos or read their guides on topics including  animal tracks  and  Asian Giant Hornets

And just as the department itself has had to rethink the way it serves Chesterfield residents, some Parks and Recreation employees have taken on new roles and shown off new skills. Tory Rogers, for example, is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist who normally plans and facilitates inclusive programming for individuals with disabilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, though Tory is using her videography skills to create and edit videos for the virtual programming webpage.  

According to Dr. James Worsley, director of Parks and Recreation, the department’s virtual shift has proven to be a success. 

“Although our recreation centers, nature center and satellite locations are closed, the department has adapted to the new environment,” said Worsley. “The recreation staff have done an excellent job repositioning services to a virtual format while maintaining quality programs for the community.”
While they look forward to once again welcoming back visitors when it is safe to do so, the Department of Parks and Recreation will continue developing informational content for residents to enjoy from home. To explore all that Parks and Recreation has to offer, view their  department website .
Remember to Complete Your U.S. Census!
While April 1 was Census Day, Chesterfield encourages residents who have not yet completed their 2020 U.S. Census to do so as soon as possible.

Completing the Census is easy!
Households should have received official U.S. Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone or by mail.

Pay close to attention to the unique number given to your household and be prepared to use it during your response.

The 2020 U.S. Census is mandatory and responses are based upon the members of a household as of April 1 (Census Day).
To learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census, visit the official website at
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