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The original item was published from 3/15/2020 6:09:00 PM to 3/15/2020 6:49:06 PM.
Posted on: March 12, 2020
[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources & Updates
Petersburg, Virginia COVID-19 UPDATES (Updated 3/13/2020)
The City of Petersburg is encouraging City employees and community members to heed necessary precautions to minimize the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Currently, there are multiple confirmed cases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is in constant communication with Petersburg administrative leaders, local health districts, the CDC, and other partners.
The best defense against the virus is rigorous personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and always cover coughs and sneezes to minimize airborne pathogens.
Petersburg City Council Meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
City Government Offices Will Remain Open
City staff will continue working with our Director of General Services to clean and disinfect public areas. However, given the rapidity of the COVID-19 spread, it is still strongly encouraged to continue practicing extreme personal hygiene including frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes to minimize airborne pathogens.
Currently, to limit in-person interaction and avoid the spread of any respiratory illnesses, we are strongly encouraging our residents to use
online payment portals
, drop box and pay by mail to limit any potential exposure.
City Events and Outreach
Effective immediately, City sponsored events will be limited to no more than 30 participants. The Centers for Disease Control has yet to provide guidance on maximum event size, although it offers important advice to planners.
When an event is taking place, planners should communicate to visitors and participants the importance of exercising their personal discretion. Please advise individuals not to attend if they fall into a category recommended for quarantine, they have underlying chronic health conditions, or they are sick.
Postponed Events include:
- March 17, 2020 City Council Meeting
- Fiscal Management Building Open House/Ribbon Cutting
- Petersburg Black History Month Festival
- Don-A-Matrix Day Fitness Festival
Coronavirus in Virginia:
Petersburg City Public Schools Coronavirus updates:
Virginia State University Coronavirus Updates
Richard Bland College Coronavirus Updates:
Southside regional medical center Coronavirus updates:
Travel abroad and Spring Break
With Spring Break near, it is important for families to become familiar with guidance and travel warnings posted on the Centers for Disease Control website. If you are traveling to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, the CDC guidance states: “Travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.”
CDC TRAVEL GUIDELINES
Keep your Family Safe
If you or your child has symptoms of illness that would prevent participation at work or school, then please remain at home. Returning to work or school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.
Petersburg Department of Social Services Resources:
Calls for Medicaid: 1-855-242-8282
Customer Service Center: 1-855-635-4370
Health District COVID-19 Video:
World Health Organization Videos:
Resources for Faith-Based Leaders:
Emergency Food Bank Assistance:
Meals on Wheels Assistance:
Links to more resources on COVID-19:
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization
COVID-19 Main Information Sites:
CDC Main COVID-19 Site
VDH Main COVID-19 Site
VDH Current Presumptive Positive Case Status in Virginia
CDC About COVID-19
CDC How COVID-19 Spreads
CDC COVID-19 FAQ
VDH COVID-19 Basic Facts
VDH COVID-19 FAQ
COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention:
CDC COVID-19 Symptoms
CDC Prevent COVID-19 Spread – What to Do if You are Sick
CDC COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
CDC COVID-19 High-Risk Populations
VDH Wash Your Hands – Quick Steps
COVID-19 Help Stop Misinformation:
CDC COVID-19 Facts v. Rumors
CDC COVID-19 Stigma
CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
COVID-19 Community and Household Preparation:
CDC COVID-19 Household Preparation
CDC COVID-19 Community Preparation
VDH COVID-19 Preparation Checklist for Individuals and Families
VDH COVID-19-Fighting Products List
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines:
CDC COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
CDC COVID-19 Travel FAQ
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