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COVID-19 outbreak at Jail West eases

Inmate cases stand at 70 after nearly 200 were recorded throughout July

An outbreak of COVID-19 in Henrico County’s Jail West appears to be waning as the total number of inmates testing positive dropped to 70 as of today. A total of 198 inmates had tested positive since early this month, with few exhibiting symptoms of infection.

The Sheriff’s Office was monitoring 168 cases before clearing 98 this morning after inmates had tested negative twice and been free of symptoms for at least 14 days.

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Henrico’s triple AAA bond rating reaffirmed, despite economic slowdown

County earns 1.49% interest rate – lowest on record - in last sale from 2016 bond referendum Henrico County has sold its last set of general-obligation bonds to support capital-improvement projects identified in the 2016 bond referendum. With the $121.4 million sale on June 16, the county had its triple AAA bond ratings reaffirmed and earned its lowest interest rate on record, 1.49% for the 20-year bonds. Continue reading Henrico’s triple AAA bond rating reaffirmed, despite economic slowdown

Red, White & Lights July 4th Celebration canceled due to COVID-19

To celebrate Independence Day, patriotic displays will be at Dorey Park and Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park July 1-5.

The annual community celebration of Independence Day, which had been scheduled to return to Dorey Park on Saturday, July 4, has attracted as many as 20,000 people for live music, a fireworks and laser light show and other entertainment. The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks, which organizes the event, concluded it would be unable to hold the event under current health regulations and guidelines for limiting spread of the coronavirus.

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Confederate name removed from Henrico recreation center

Henrico’s Confederate Hills Recreation Center has been renamed The Springs Recreation Center.

At the Board of Supervisors’ June 9 meeting, Varina Supervisor Tyrone Nelson recommended changing the name of the facility, which is located on Lee Avenue in the Highland Springs area. Henrico’s other four supervisors agreed to the change, which did not require a vote.

Lettering for the new name was installed on a large brick sign in the building’s front lawn on June 10.

The name change takes place amid ongoing national and Richmond-area protests regarding police violence, systemic and historical racism and the recent killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other African Americans.

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Henrico to distribute 15,000 ‘care kits’ with face coverings, flyers Saturday

No-contact deliveries will equip residents in the county’s central, eastern areas

Henrico volunteers and staff will distribute reusable face coverings and informational flyers to about 15,000 homes in the county’s central and eastern areas Saturday, May 23 to help residents protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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