Dinwiddie Government Center to close to public amid COVID-19 pandemic

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 24, 2020 | 2:22 p.m.

Beginning Wednesday, Dinwiddie Health Department will be only office open to public

DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie County will now joined several localities in the state who have moved to close their central government building to the public to protect citizens and employees from possible exposure to coronavirus as cases continue to climb daily.

In a statement Tuesday, Dinwiddie officials confirmed the county’s government center at the corner of Boydton Plank and Courthouse Roads will close to the public starting this Wednesday, March 25.

“The only significant change to current operations is the lack of face-to-face interaction,” Dinwiddie County Administrator Kevin Massengill said Tuesday. “Our employees remain committed to providing exemplary service to the public, and will continue to be available by phone and email to answer questions and conduct County business.”

He continued, “The Dinwiddie Health Department will remain open and can be accessed through the human services entrance to the Government Center, located on the ground level. This will be the only entrance and office accessible to the public.”

The Dinwiddie Government Center joins all of the county’s parks and recreation department facilities in closing their doors to the public, having done so last week, as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth approaches 300 as of Tuesday’s update from the Virginia Department of Health. Seven people have died from the disease.

No timetable for reopening to the public was provided by Dinwiddie at the time of their statement but, they did detail how residents could interface with the county in the meantime.

Building Inspections/Planning & Zoning: 804-469-4500, option 6 – All correspondence will be conducted by phone, email or U.S. Mail. A drop box will be available at the building entrance for documents (plans, applications, permits, etc.). Items left in the dropbox will be reviewed and any questions handled by phone. Documents will be returned by email or U.S. Mail after processing. A complete outline of adjusted operations for the Department of Building Inspections & Planning/Zoning is available on the County website under COVID-19 Updates.

Commissioner of the Revenue: 804-469-4500, option 4 – The Commissioner and her staff will be available by phone and email only. Citizens are encouraged to use the Treasurer’s drive-through dropbox for correspondence with the Commissioner’s office. This dropbox is located in the traffic loop at the main entrance to the Government Center (facing the Courthouse). Documentation will be returned by email or U.S. Mail.

Department of Social Services: 804-469-4524 – Please contact the office by phone or by using the drive-through drop box located on the side of the building (nearest the Pamplin Building).

Treasurer: 804-469-4500, option 5 – The Treasurer and her staff will be available by phone and email. Citizens are encouraged to use the Treasurer’s drive-through drop box, located in the traffic loop at the main entrance to the Government Center (facing the Courthouse). Documentation will be returned by email or U.S. Mail.

All other County departments, including the General Registrar, will be available by phone and/or email:
County Administration: 804-469-4500, option 0
County Attorney: 804-469-4500, option 3
Human Resources: 804-469-4500, option 8
Waste Management: 804-469-4500, option 9
General Registrar: 804-469-4500, option 8

Dinwiddie County officials stressed this does not affect local courts. Those with questions for Dinwiddie’s Juvenile & Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Court can call 804-469-4500, option 2.

Emergency services continue to operate as normal. In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency matters, contact the Dinwiddie Fire & EMS Department at 804-469-3755 or the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office at 804-469-4550.

These kind of actions have become increasingly more common as localities work to maintain government operations while cases of COVID-19 rise across the state.

Nearly two weeks ago, Surry County took similar action but, took it one step further, closing their offices to both employees and residents through March 30. As of this report, it is unknown if their government will relax their closure to allow employees to return to work inside the building.

A week later in neighboring Sussex, their government moved to close its offices to the public.

Prince George County, after having closed for two days last week, reopened last Wednesday but advised its residents to limit their visit to county buildings to only pressing and immediate needs to protect both them and the employees on-site.

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