We at the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to bringing you the latest and most up to date information to help you navigate all the resources available during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Information is changing constantly, so while we are working to continually update this information, please understand that some may have changed and we have not had the opportunity to update this page. If you have any information to add, please reach out to us and we would be happy to have your feedback!
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 Testing now available on Wednesdays in Petersburg
Petersburg, Virginia: The Crater Health District has announced drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing in Petersburg, VA. The Petersburg sites will now be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-12pm.
As testing resources are limited, these sites will be closed to the public and can be accessed only by appointment. Only those who are pre-screened and registered for testing will be admitted.
To register for testing, you must call in advance for a screening interview. Those who are approved for testing will receive an appointment time and location of the testing site with specific instructions. Those admitted for testing must bring a valid photo I.D. to the testing site.
To be screened for testing, please call 804-862-8989. Appointments will be assigned on a first come first served basis and will be available until all slots are filled.
If someone needs emergency care, please seek immediate medical attention and do not wait for drive-thru/walk-up testing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Administration
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US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
U.S. Department of Labor
Salesforce - Facebook Small Business Grants
SBSC is ready to support delivering this value-added awareness of the now live Facebook $40M US cash grant via our partners at Ureeka. Ureeka is NOW also administering the NEW Salesforce Care Small Business Grants live Friday for a one-week application window. Winners receive $10,000 awards.
• WHO: Nationwide SMBs, including Puerto Rico & DC, eligible for Ureeka’s FREE services & Salesforce’s competitive grants. Eligibility criteria via link below.
• WHAT: Salesforce Cash awards to be used for urgent needs COVID19 biz recovery. o FREE mentoring for SMBs to develop practical coronavirus “survive & thrive” biz recovery plans. o FREE access to curated experts, biz planning tools & templates for growth.
• HOW: Salesforce grant applications via Ureeka will open in two phases starting on Friday, April 24th. Full program details are available here. Go to Ureeka, create your free profile & USE REFERENCE CODE ‘SBSC’ o In Ureeka’s main public feed, Click the “?” & Post “Help? Seeking SBSC/SBA – Mentor support for COVID19 recovery planning” & a sentence about your business
SBSC can support SBA outreach programs by delivering overviews via webinar to area officials & SBA outreach program centers clients.
FREE COVID-19 Video Visits
What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms? What should I do if I believe someone in my family has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus?
Bon Secours is now offering free video visits to those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and those who may have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
Using our Bon Secours 24/7 app, doctors can screen for COVID-19, assess mild to moderate symptoms, and discuss next steps.
Please use the free virtual visit if you:
Are showing possible symptoms of COVID-19
May have had an exposure to someone diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19
Please note this service is for non-emergency COVID-19 visits only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Visit bonsecours247.com or download the Bon Secours 24/7 app for free from the app store. Use the Coupon Code CARE2020 for your free COVID-19 visit.
Cameron Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Grants
As the COVID-19 coronavirus persists as a public health crisis that shapes our daily lives in the Tri-Cities area, The Cameron Foundation continues to develop new resources to support the changing needs of organizations serving our region. This week, the Foundation’s Board approved a new resource, the COVID-19 Emergency Grant program, to address some key areas of impact that the coronavirus crisis is having on the public and nonprofit sectors – both the organizations themselves as well as the services they provide – in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties. The key areas are: Health and Safety, Education, General Operating Support and Technology. Past and current grantees of The Cameron Foundation are eligible to apply for this emergency funding to support needs that have resulted from the current crisis. Applicants must meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements according to its grant guidelines and must provide a program and budget justification for this emergency need.
Please visit The Cameron Foundation’s website to learn more about the COVID-19 Emergency Grant program, to apply for funding, and to gain additional information about other ways that the Foundation is supporting the region during these times. You also are encouraged to contact a member of the Foundation’s staff with any questions you may have.
US Chamber Foundation - Save Small Business Fund
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund. This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative.
The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community (you can search eligibility by zip code here).
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM CT. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit savesmallbusiness.com.