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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

Governor Northam Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19: Click Here 

Petersburg City Public Schools Coronavirus updates:  Click Here

Virginia State University Coronavirus Updates: Click Here

Southside regional medical center Coronavirus updates: Click Here

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: Click Here

World Health Organization Videos: Click Here

Resources for Faith-Based Leaders: Click Here

Emergency Food Bank Assistance: Click Here

Meals on Wheels Assistance: Click Here

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: 

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COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention:

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COVID-19 Community and Household Preparation: 

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines: 

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