Last week, regional partners from Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico Counties and the City of Richmond, along with the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition, came together to activate the Central Virginia All-Hazards Incident Management Team to help guide the region's preparations for, and response to, a potential local occurrence of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. As a region, we are committed to working with our state and local partners to safeguard our residents and make sure we share the most current information available.

The best sources for up-to-date information continue to be the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the  Virginia Department of Health (VDH), which have many resources available for citizens to learn more about  COVID-19, including  prevention techniquessymptoms and  current case status for presumptive cases in Virginia. To make currently available information easy for our citizens to access, many important links have been categorized in a  county highlight at www.chesterfield.gov .

While there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, the immediate health risk is considered low according to the  Virginia Department of HealthIn this videoChesterfield Health District Director  Dr. Alexander Samuel provides helpful information regarding the prevention, symptoms and treatment of COVID-19. Remember, many of the recommended protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as those to prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu, so wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are sick.