Press Release from RPD:
The City of Richmond today is reporting its first known case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.
The affected employee is a female officer in the Richmond Police Department, who traveled to New York before the onset of her illness.
According to the Richmond City Health District, the officer, who is in her 40s, is now at home in isolation and is in stable condition.
Another co-worker who had been in close contact with the officer is under self-quarantine and is self-monitoring for symptoms.
Preliminary investigation by RCHD and RPD has not determined any potential for close contact with Richmond residents during this time period. However, RCHD and the RPD are reviewing and investigating any possible additional close contacts the officer may have had during the performance of her duties.
“My first concern is for her and her family and the extended family of her co-workers,” said Police Chief William Smith. “We have taken precautions to limit exposure to our staff and to the community we serve. It is extremely important that we all continue to do our part in controlling the spread of the virus through the recommended protocols.”
“Because we are seeing significant community spread it is not surprising to have a documented occurrence in the government workforce,” said Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City Health District, which serves the City of Richmond and Henrico County. “We continue to encourage members of our community to take every precaution to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 to mitigate its impact on the residents of our region.”
“I truly appreciate the work that first responders do on the frontlines to keep our community safe during these uncertain times,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “We must do our part as well. We are safer and stronger at home.”
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ChildSavers expands school-based therapist program with Richmond Public Schools
A program expansion is offering more students in the Richmond-area access to mental health services in school.
ChildSavers recently added Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary, and J.H. Blackwell Elementary to its school-based therapy program.
School-based therapy increases access to trauma-informed mental health services by embedding clinicians in schools. ChildSavers’ partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched during the 2017-2018 school year with funding from the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant.
The nonprofit now serves 10 schools within the Richmond Public Schools system with therapists in Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle and Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Henry L. Marsh III Elementary (formerly George Mason Elementary), Overby-Sheppard Elementary and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary.
“Providing mental health services at school breaks down barriers and allows more students to access trauma-informed therapy,” said Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO and president. “The program is also an important opportunity to bring mental health resources to students of color, specifically Black youth. This is important work and we’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with Richmond Public Schools.”
ChildSavers uses school-based therapy as a critical tool to address racial disparities in mental health services among adolescents. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it. Black Americans are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, such as homelessness and exposure to violence.
Ninety-one percent of the youth served in the school-based program are Black.
Therapy sessions are held via Zoom to align with Richmond Public Schools’ virtual learning plan during the pandemic. Teachers, staff, and parents can refer students to the service and therapists are currently accepting new clients.
“Expanding the therapy program helps us create safer and more inclusive school cultures,” said Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent. “We see positive results in academics and social well-being in our schools with therapists. Not only are clinicians providing critical therapeutic services, but ChildSavers’ school-based teams are also serving as valuable resources for teachers and staff by helping them navigate challenging situations.”
For more information about ChildSavers, visit www.childsavers.org.
Voter Registration Deadline Extended to Thursday
If you couldn’t register to vote yesterday, you have until 11:59 PM on Thursday to get registered.
A federal judge Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote until 11:59 p.m. Thursday. This change comes after online voter registration and many other state services were left in the internet dark for a good portion of Tuesday after a construction project cut a very important cable in Chesterfield County. The deadline applies to in-person and online voter registration.
“What we have here is a case where somebody forgot to call Miss Utility in Chesterfield County,” said U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. during a brief hearing.