Serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson Counties
BRIEFING: The week's news was preoccupied with the steep rise in COVID cases throughout the nation. Though the District's levels of infection currently do not reflect the trend, BRHD and our partners are monitoring not only our positivity rate, but the case incidence as well. Governor Northam also announced amendments to COVID safety executive orders 63 and 67, which includes restricting social gathering size and expanding the mask-wearing mandates. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, safety measures should continue to be observed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Albemarle Ambassador Expansion project has successfully reached essential businesses in construction, farming, landscaping, and cleaning to inform owners of best practices on returning to work after COVID positive cases. And December testing sites have now been announced, with expanded locations throughout the District for the month.
Governor Northam's Executive Update
Governor Northam announced last Friday amendments to Executive Orders 63 and 67 COVID safety mandates. At this week's press conference he reiterated the need to combat the rising spread of positivity with appropriate measures; mainly:

• Limiting social gatherings to 25 people (down from 250)
• Requiring all residents, 5 years and older, to wear masks indoors in public (down from 10 years and older)
Stopping the sale of alcohol on premises at restaurants and food establishments at 10pm.
• Limiting spectator size to 25 people or 30% capacity for recreational sports.
• Stepping up enforcement and making the majority of best practices from the original executive orders now requirements .
Thanksgiving Safety Reminders
Thanksgiving is a time when many people travel to be with loved ones and give thanks. This year, we have just as much to be thankful for, but should be creative in how we express those feelings. We strongly recommend minimizing traveling as much as possible during this holiday. If you must travel, it is recommended to quarantine 14 days before and after travel. Also, consider minimizing risks of transmission by to:
  • Wearing a face covering and maintaining at least 6 feet from others
  • Washing your hands frequently and/or using hand sanitizers of at least 60%
  • Hosting virtual dinner parties in place of large gatherings
  • Bringing your own food to dinner or ordering in from your favorite curbside pickup
  • Watching parades and sporting events on television instead of in-person
  • Shopping online when possible. Otherwise, continuing to observe best practices when shopping in person
Albemarle Safety Ambassador Expansion Updates
Early this fall, BRHD partnered with Albemarle County to expand their COVID Safety Ambassador program in an effort to inform the County's essential business owners and managers of best practices during quarantine, isolation, and return-to-work protocols. As of last week, 68 businesses had been visited and successfully engaged with the Ambassadors with nearly 40 more expected to be reached in the coming weeks. The partnership aims to protect job sites' productivity and workers' health, as well as discourage unnecessary delays in getting employees back to work. If you support essential workers in any capacity and would like further information on the program, contact the Health Department project lead Jen Fleisher.
COVID-19 Vaccine Survey for Healthcare Providers
If you are a healthcare entity (doctor's office, urgent care, home health, group home, or other healthcare setting) in the Thomas Jefferson Health District (serving the City of Charlottesville and/or Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties) please complete this survey to be placed on our list for your STAFF to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This survey is only for healthcare provider groups. This survey does not guarantee availability of vaccine. Completing this survey will notify us of your workplace specifics and staff that need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
FREE Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Sites
Testing is available for people ages 6 years and older. We have tests for 50 pre-registered clients and 50 walk-ins. Below are December test sites. Visit TJHD's COVID-19 Testing Website for more testing sites.

TUESDAY, December 1, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Nathanael Greene Primary School64 Monroe Dr, Stanardsville, VA 22973
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on November 30 by calling 434-972-6261

WEDNESDAY, December 2, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Beaverdam Baptist Church1794 Richmond Road, Troy, VA 22974
  • Appointments can only be scheduled Monday, November 30 or Tuesday, December 1 by calling 434-972-6261

THURSDAY, December 3, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Louisa Presbyterian Church212 Church Ave, Louisa, VA 23093
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Monday, December 1 or Tuesday, December 2 by calling 434-972-6261

FRIDAYS, December 4, 11, 18
from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department1138 Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville,
  • Appointments can only be scheduled two days before testing day by calling 434-972-6261

Monday, December 7, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Nelson Heritage Center1653 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Thursday, December 3 or Friday, December 4 by calling 434-972-6261

WEDNESDAY, December 9, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Agnor-Hurt Elementary School3201 Berkmar Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Monday, December 7 or Tuesday, December 8 by calling 434-972-6261

MONDAY, December 14, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Rockfish Presbyterian Church5016 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Thursday, December 10 or Friday, December 11 by calling 434-972-6261

TUESDAY, December 15, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Emmanuel Christian Center111 New Life Dr, Ruckersville, VA 22968
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Friday, December 11 or Monday, December 14 by calling 434-972-6261

WEDNESDAY, December 16, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Fluvanna High School--bus loop1918 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra, VA 22963
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Monday, December 14 or Tuesday, December 15 by calling 434-972-6261

THURSDAY, December 17, from 5:00-7:00pm
  • Mineral Baptist Church51 Louisa Ave, Mineral, VA 23117
  • Appointments can only be scheduled on Tuesday, December 15 or Wednesday, December 16 by calling 434-972-6261

  • Appointments guarantee your time spot and greatly reduce your wait time.
  • Walk-ins are welcome. Walk-in tests are administered as first come, first served.
  • We are NOT offering antibody tests at this time.
  • TJHD's COVID-19 Testing Website is updated frequently with the latest testing site locations and information.
  • Test results take 3 to 4 days.