VBSO COVID-19 preparations, response and cancellations

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, 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 are closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures to reduce the potential exposure in the jail. So far these efforts include:

  • Heightened screening of arrestees prior to entering the facility
  • Testing all newly admitted inmates for COVID-19
  • Quarantining all new admissions for 14 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
  • Utilizing Trusty and Workforce inmates for additional cleaning and sanitation of the Correctional Center
  • Suspending most in-person volunteer programs (some programs have continued virtually)
  • Canceling all Correctional Center tours
  • Reducing the jail population
  • Restricting inmate movement between housing units in the jail
  • Implementing mandatory wellness screenings and mask-wearing for all appointees (sworn and civilian staff) and contractors
  • Conducting regular mass testing of inmates and staff
  • Vaccinating staff (vaccinations are voluntary)


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). Ten mass testings have been completed since June 2020. The results of the most recent testings are posted below. The results of the previous tests are available here.

Ninth point prevalence study testing: The VBSO conducted its ninth point prevalence study (PPS) in partnership with the VDH and Virginia National Guard on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, testing 1,480 inmates, deputies, civilian staff and contractors. Those results are as follows:

INMATES, DEPUTIES & CIVILIANS TESTED1,480
NEGATIVE TESTS1,341
TOTAL INMATE POSITIVE TESTS126
NEW INMATE POSITIVE TESTS126
DEPUTY POSITIVE TESTS11
CIVILIAN STAFF/CONTRACTOR POSITIVE TESTS

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Of the 13 staff members and contractors who tested positive, 10 work in the jail.

10th point prevalence survey: The VBSO conducted its 10th point prevalence study (PPS) in partnership with the VDH and VNG on Friday, March 5, 2021, testing 1,450 inmates, deputies, civilian staff and contractors. The results of those tests will be posted when they are processed.

VBSO COVID-19 TEST RESULTS (updated 3/5/2021)

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

DEPUTIES TESTED161
DEPUTY NEGATIVE RESULTS97
DEPUTY POSITIVE RESULTS64
DEPUTY RESULTS PENDING0
ACTIVE DEPUTY CASES6
DEPUTIES CLEARED*58
TOTAL DEPUTIES404

*Deputies cleared indicates the number of deputies who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but have since been cleared by a physician and Occupational Health to return to work.

Twenty-eight civilian staff members have reported being tested for COVID-19. Fourteen of those test results were negative and 14 were positive. Of the 14 positive cases, two remain active and 12 have been cleared by a physician and Occupational Health to return to work.

VBCC COVID-19 TEST RESULTS (updated 3/5/2021)

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

INMATES TESTED300*
INMATE NEGATIVE RESULTS268
INMATE POSITIVE RESULTS32
INMATE RESULTS PENDING0
ACTIVE INMATE CASES23
INMATES CLEARED OR RELEASED**9
INMATE DEATHS DUE TO COVID-190
TOTAL INMATES (CURRENT JAIL POPULATION)1,093

*The large increase in testing and positive results reflected on the March 5, 2021, update is a reflection of a new VBSO practice to test all newly admitted inmates for COVID-19. Inmates may also be tested for other reasons, including 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 above information is updated weekly.

In addition, the following steps have been taken:

Access limited to the Virginia Beach Courthouse

The Virginia Beach Courthouse is operating under the Judicial Emergency order issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia through March 28, 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).

Per the Supreme Court of Virginia, all persons entering the Courthouse will be asked the following questions:

Are you experiencing:

• A new fever (100.4°F or higher) or a sense of having a fever

• A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition

• New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that you cannot
attribute to another health condition

• New chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition

• A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition

• New muscle aches (myalgia) that you cannot attribute to another
health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity
(such as physical exercise)

• A new loss of taste or smell

In addition:

• Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?

• In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or having direct exposure to respiratory secretions) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?

*Answering yes to any of these questions may result in you being denied entrance to the building. 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, which is required at all times while inside the Virginia Beach Courthouse pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order 72 and Virginia Beach Circuit Court security order (except under those exceptions outlined in the orders).

• 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 CANCELED

    On-site inmate visitation is CANCELED for the foreseeable future. Friends and family still have several options for communicating with their loved ones: 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.

    Attorneys only are permitted to visit with their clients via the video terminals in the Correctional Center's Visitation Lobby. An appointment is highly recommended and visits are limited to 30 minutes. In addition, attorneys are required to wear a mask, have their temperature taken and answer health screening questions. No masks will be provided (attorneys must bring their own). The hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday-Friday. The full requirements and procedures are available in the Attorney Video Visitation Procedure document. Attorneys are still encouraged to conduct whatever business they can using the phone system to limit unnecessary traffic into the Correctional Center. Walk-ins are allowed, but may experience longer wait times (appointments receive priority).

    We are only accepting same-day appointments for attorney visitation, which may be made starting at 7:30 a.m. each day (Monday-Friday) by calling 757-385-4512.

    Weekenders

    Weekender Program CANCELED

    The Weekender Program is suspended and will not resume until April 2, 2021. This includes all non-consecutive sentences. Weekenders with questions about resuming the program and completing their sentence should call 757-385-1050.

    Options available for paying inmate fees and accounts

    In-person account deposits and payments for inmate fees can be made via the Property window located next to the Magistrate's Office at 2501 James Madison Blvd. (on the side of the building facing Nimmo Parkway). These include Weekender, Electronic Home Incarceration Program and Offender Management System payments as well as inmate account deposits. The Accounting window located in the Visitation Lobby is CLOSED at this time.

    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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