County Executive  |  COVID19
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Our country, our state, and our community find ourselves in unprecedented times. Albemarle County along with many localities around the country are under a state of emergency to help manage its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Our goals are to maintain essential services, reduce transmission, and protect vulnerable populations. Our County’s Incident Management Team consistently coordinates with the Regional Emergency Operations Center, State and Federal Emergency Management Agencies, and the Thomas Jefferson Health District to execute our plan.

 


 

Public Safety 

Our first responders will continue to work on a 24/7 basis, as they typically do. It is essential, especially in a pandemic, that 911 calls continue to be answered and resources dispatched to respond. If you have a need for 911 during this time, we are asking some screening questions designed to ensure our first responders have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Please be patient and respond accurately to their questions, which are designed to limit exposure to our responders and their families.

 

Parks & Trails 

Our open spaces and trails are an important service for our community and, at this time, the CDC has not advised their closing. The National Recreation & Parks Association has developed guidance for social distancing in parks, which we are recommending.

  • Restroom facilities, playground equipment, pavilions, tennis courts, and basketball courts are all closed.
  • Sugar Hollow Reservoir is closed.
  • Dog parks are limited to no more than 10 (human) patrons.
  • Signage about social distancing is posted.

We believe these measures enable us to continue to allow use of our parks. We will continue to track guidance from public health professionals and adjust our services accordingly.

 

Business Resources 

View our Business Resource Page here

 

Emergency Household Relief 

Albemarle County has partnered with Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, and the City of Charlottesville to provide financial assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19. If you are experiencing hardship, financial or otherwise, related to COVID-19, call (434) 234-4490 or visit https://www.cacfonline.org/initiatives. Multiple languages available.

 

Local Government Operations   

Many of the services and programs that counties provide have mandated deadlines associated with them, dictated by state and county code. While these mandates remain in place, we must adapt the way we work in order to continue to meet those deadlines for building and land development, child welfare, taxation, environmental protection, and a host of other areas.

  • The Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance to ensure the continuity of government. View the presentation here.
  • We have directed all of our staff that can work from home to do so.
  • We have asked employees that meet the CDC criteria for higher risk to telework or stay home on administrative leave.
  • We have implemented measures to restrict visitors to the building and to minimize direct customer interaction.
  • Our IT department has been working tirelessly to put in place the hardware and software needed to allow more staff to telework.
  • Community Development Department operations modifications

County Building Closures and Modified Hours

As of 5 pm on Friday, March 27, both County Office Buildings will close to the general public until further notice, with limited exceptions, to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. All essential services will continue to be performed.

 

Limited exceptions include:

  • Community Development will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for between 8:30 am and 4 pm and inspections will continue during normal operating hours
  • The Police Department will interface with customers through an intercom and restrict visitors to the lobby with the exception of an escort
  • Social Services & Housing will have a dropbox to receive paperwork in the lobby
  • Voter Registration will receive in-person absentee voters for the Scottsville Town Council election

Public meetings have been canceled, through April 5, as has use of community spaces in County facilities, including our community centers, fire stations, and office buildings. The Board of Supervisors will meet on April 1, however – more details will be released on meeting logistics as we get closer. 

 

WiFi

View the County map with public WiFi locations


JMRL: WiFi access points have been added at Northside to provide better coverage in the back parking lot. The other branches include WiFi access as well. Access library resources while the libraries are closed with a temporary E-Library Card


ACPS Parking AreasAll school division Internet WiFi access has been extended to school parking lots. The areas closest to a school’s main entrance or classroom windows should have the strongest signal strength. Personal devices can connect to the “ACPS-Public” network and school-issued laptops will be able to connect to the “ACPS” network.


Some private companies also are offering internet access for various locations with reduced pricing options. Use this search tool to find out what may be available to you: Search Tool for Low-Cost Internet Service Offers

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to receive weekly emails with Volunteer Opportunities from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serving Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-296-5841
FAX: 434-296-5800
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