Chesterfield County, Virginia's Weekly E-Newsletter
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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County Response to COVID-19
Messages from the
Deputy County Administrators for
Finance and Administration,
Human Services
Virginia Department of Health Adds
COVID-19 Testing Sites Map
The  Virginia Department of Health  (VDH) has updated the  COVID-19 Testing section  of their website to include a  COVID-19 Testing Sites Map

Each COVID-19 testing site lists important information such as hours of operation and instructions for use. Citizens are encouraged to confirm the information for a specific site prior to traveling to the location. 
VDH clarifies, though, that: "This map/list is intended to help provide information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services)."

Supreme Court of Virginia Extends
Judicial Emergency through May 17
Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS)
Meals Service Update
#InThisTogetherCfield
Chesterfield County Public Schools:
Pre-Kindergarten Application Available Online
Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) has transitioned its pre-kindergarten application process to an online format in response to the Governor’s order to close schools. While many of Team Chesterfield’s in-person pre-kindergarten application events were held as scheduled, those slated for March and April had to be canceled due to the closure.

Parents and caregivers now may apply online at  https://bit.ly/CCPS-PreKQuestionnaire . Completion of the online application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

For families who want to apply online but do not have internet access at home, the CCPS Internet network is available at all Chesterfield County schools. The CCPS Internet network can be accessed while in a school parking lot.

Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services Receives Mask Donation
Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services received a generous donation of 60 homemade masks on Thursday, April 23, from The Greenwich Walk Stitch Therapy Sweatshop by organization member and former county employee Lou O’Boyle.

The organization has partnered with  From The Heart Stitchers  to make masks for community healthcare workers that meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

The masks are made from 100% cotton fabric and all of the fabric used to make the masks is donated. Because of this, the groups are able to offer all the masks free of charge.

Both groups are on their way to providing about 500 masks to the county’s Human Services Division, which includes Mental Health Support Services, Social Services, Citizen Information and Resources and Community Corrections. Thank you members of The Greenwich Walk Stitch Therapy Sweatshop and From the Heart Stitchers for your generous donation!

Chesterfield - Open for Business:
Chesterfield County Public Library Makerspace
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.
Chesterfield County Public Library Makerspace

Recently, a Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) customer approached Bon Air Library staff with a unique request. This customer, a nurse at a Richmond-area intensive care unit, asked for help printing parts for mask shields using the library’s 3D printer.

As the nation faces a shortage of personal protective equipment, CCPL staff were happy to help out.
Bon Air Library’s 3D printer uses plastic filament that print or form solid objects. The filament is a polylactic acid, or PLA, which is made from renewable resources such as corn starch. Customers have used the 3D printers to create toys, artwork, jewelry, parts for building robots, components for prosthetic hands and more.
Lonnie Elliott, Bon Air Library Assistant Branch Manager, wearing a 3D-printed mask piece
The mask’s transparent face piece is disposable and the entire unit is assembled with rubber bands that can be disposed at the end of every shift.

The customer has picked up several units already and will pick up more as soon as they are printed. Library staff are hopeful that these masks will help save lives in our community and protect our health care professionals working on the front lines of this pandemic.

Though all CCPL locations are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic , curbside services are still available. And, when our libraries are able to safely open their doors to the public, be sure to check out CCPL Makerspace for a chance to create something of your own with a 3D printer.
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 2020census.gov
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