VBSO COVID-19 response and cancellations

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is taking every possible precaution to safeguard the health and safety of every person living and working inside the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. In consultation with health officials and federal, state and local leadership, we continue to closely monitor the situation and take proactive measures to reduce the potential of exposure in the jail.  Current efforts include:

  • Heightened screening of arrestees prior to entering the facility
  • Testing all newly admitted inmates for COVID-19
  • Quarantining all new admissions for 10 days
  • Issuing masks to all general population inmates
  • Stocking of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Reminding everyone to take universal health precautions, such as frequent hand washing
  • Reducing the jail population
  • Limiting inmate movement between housing units in the jail
  • Requiring face coverings for all appointees (sworn and civilian staff) and contractors, regardless of vaccination status
  • Vaccinating inmates and staff (vaccinations are voluntary)
  • Canceling the Weekender Program


VBSO COVID-19 TEST RESULTS (updated 9/1/2021)

These numbers reflect all tests outside the point prevalence studies (mass testings) conducted since the beginning of the pandemic.

DEPUTY POSITIVE RESULTS161
ACTIVE DEPUTY CASES2
DEPUTY CASES CLEARED*159
TOTAL DEPUTIES

400

*Deputies cleared indicates the number of cases of COVID-19 where the deputy has been cleared by a physician and Occupational Health to return to work.

Thirty-seven civilian staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. None are active cases.

VBCC COVID-19 TEST RESULTS (updated 9/1/2021)

These numbers reflect all tests conducted outside the point prevalence studies (mass testings) since the beginning of the pandemic.

INMATE TESTS4,003*
INMATE NEGATIVE RESULTS3,910
INMATE POSITIVE RESULTS93
INMATE RESULTS PENDING0
ACTIVE INMATE CASES3
INMATES CLEARED OR RELEASED**90
INMATE DEATHS DUE TO COVID-190
TOTAL INMATES (CURRENT JAIL POPULATION)

1,021

*The large increase in testing and positive results is a result of a new VBSO practice to test all newly admitted inmates for COVID-19. This also includes inmates who have been tested more than once. Inmates may also be tested or re-tested if they develop symptoms, have been in direct contact with another inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 or are having a medical procedure.

**Inmates cleared or released indicates the number of inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 and have either been cleared by a physician or released from custody.

The total number of inmates with COVID-19 as of Aug. 31, 2021, is 3.

The above information is updated monthly. The next update will be at the end of August.


Point prevalence study testing: At the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and out of an abundance of caution, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has been conducting regular COVID-19 point prevalence studies (PPS) with the VDH and Virginia National Guard (VNG). Eleven mass testings have been completed since June 2020, the most recent on March 19, 2021. The results of those tests are available here.

In addition, the following steps have been taken:

Health screenings and face coverings required at the Virginia Beach Courthouse

The Virginia Beach Courthouse is operating under the Judicial Emergency order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia through Sept. 22, 2021. The Virginia Beach Circuit Court and has also issued its own court order regarding modified operations in those courts. Both orders are posted on the right-hand side of this page (at the bottom on mobile devices).

All persons entering the Courthouse will be required to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose and pass a public health screening. Please see the court security order for details, including instructions for those who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons. The judges may waive the face mask requirement in their individual courtrooms.

Those who refuse to wear a face mask or fail the health screening may be denied entrance to the building. If that occurs, you will be directed to contact the appropriate clerk's office by telephone or other remote means to make alternate arrangements for conducting your business with the court.

In addition, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office has implemented the following health and safety procedures for the Courthouse:

• A new traffic flow for ingress and egress, which is marked by signs, cones and fencing.

• Limiting the number of people allowed in the security checkpoint area at one time (to ensure social distancing).

• Enforcing mask-wearing in the public areas of the Courthouse.

• Ensuring social distancing is observed throughout the building. At the direction of the judges, only a limited number of people are being allowed into each courtroom at one time.

    Please be sure to give yourself additional time to comply with the health and security screenings when entering the building. Expect delays and plan accordingly.

    Those with pending civil or criminal matters that were continued (rescheduled) during the Judicial Emergency should contact the appropriate court for their new court date. All other offices located inside the Courthouse should be contacted directly for information on available services. Contact information is available at vbgov.com.

    For Virginia Beach Circuit Court filings, a satellite location is available at 1804 Princess Anne Road (open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for drive-through marriage licenses, notary item pickup and first-time concealed-carry permits). In addition, lockboxes have been provided for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recording paperwork on the steps of the Courthouse Extension (Building 10B). Electronic recording is also available. Additional information on Circuit Court services available during this time is posted at vblandrecords.com.

    A drop box for filing records with the General District Court Clerk's Office is available at the main entrance to the Courthouse (Building 10).

    Please understand that these steps are being taken for the health and safety of our community. Thank you!

    Civil Process operations modified

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of public health and safety, the VBSO Civil Process Division has modified its civil process operations in keeping with the Judicial Emergency orders from the Supreme Court of Virginia and local courts. For additional information, visit our About Civil Process page.

    Under the state budget, evictions for nonpayment of rent may resumed on Jan. 1, 2021, if the landlord meets certain conditions, including notifying the renter of the availability of rental assistance. Full information is available in the pertinent budget amendment here. Information on the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program is available at dhcd.virginia.gov.

    Civil Process questions? Call 757-385-6234.

    On-site inmate visitation RESUMED July 1

    On-site inmate visitation for friends and family RESUMED on July 1, 2021. The hours for visitation at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center are 9-11 a.m., 1-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, but not more than seven days prior, by calling 757-385-4493. Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, each visit will be limited to one person per terminal, who must be at least 18 years old, and will be only be scheduled at the top of every hour. Visitation slots will be limited to allow for social distancing. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. For additional visitation requirements, visit vbso.net/calls-visits. Attorneys will be permitted to visit with their clients during the same hours and are not required to make an appointment.

    Friends and family may also communicate with their loved ones via mail, telephone, and online video visitation and messaging. For more information on those options, visit vbso.net/calls-visits.

    In addition, the jail's telephone contractor, GTL, is providing one free five-minute phone call per week to every inmate in an effort to help them stay connected with friends and family during COVID-19.

    Weekenders

    Weekender Program CANCELED

    Due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community, the Weekender Program has been CANCELED effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.  Weekenders with questions completing their sentence should call 757-385-1050.

    Options available for paying inmate fees and accounts

    The Accounting window located in the Visitation Lobby is open at this time. In-person account deposits and payments for inmate fees can be made at this location or dropped via the drop box located next to the Magistrate's Office at 2501 James Madison Blvd. (on the side of the building facing Nimmo Parkway) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. These include Weekender, Electronic Home Incarceration Program and Offender Management System payments as well as inmate account deposits. Weekender fees must be paid by 4 p.m. each Thursday.

    The following options are also available:

    Telephone account deposits: Call 877-650-4249 or visit GTL's website at web.connectednetwork.com

    Canteen accounts: Call 877-650-4249, visit GTL's website at web.connectednetwork.com or mail a money order, certified check or cashier’s check made payable to “VBSO Inmate Account” to:

    Inmate’s name and OMS number
    c/o Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
    VBSO Inmate Account
    P.O. Box 6186
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

    Inmate fees: Mail the bill stub with a check or money order to:

    Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
    P.O. Box 6469
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456
    Payable to:
    VBSO Inmate Account


    These changes will remain in effect for the foreseeable future and will be reevaluated daily and updated as needed.

    Please check here and/or our social media sites for additional information about steps we are taking to monitor and prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus. As always, the health and safety of the community, the inmates, and the deputies and civilians of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office is our top priority.

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