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The Central Virginia Health District (CVHD) covers 2,140 square miles and is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the James River. CVHD boasts a rich combination of industry and agriculture, small towns, and several colleges and universities.

CVHD serves the four counties of Amherst, Bedford, Appomattox, and Campbell, and the independent city of Lynchburg. The District has offices in the towns of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Rustburg. The District’s main office is located in the City of Lynchburg.

CVHD serves a population of approximately 250,000. The region is a tourism destination, offering natural beauty, hiking and camping, sporting events, micro breweries and wineries, the arts, museums, and historical sites.

Programs include inspections of food establishments, temporary events (fairs, festivals, and other special events), tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast facilities), campgrounds and summer camps, labor camps, marinas and boat ramps, and swimming pools associated with tourist establishments. Each establishment is inspected at least annually.  Additional inspections are conducted when necessary to investigate complaints and to ensure that significant violations of the state regulations are corrected in a timely manner.

Environmental Health (EH) staff also process permit applications for private wells, onsite sewage disposal systems, and alternative onsite sewage systems.  CVHD also includes a major interstate dairy processing plant (Westover Dairy) that requires VDH Environmental Health monitoring and inspection in accordance with Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Other programs include investigation of environmental sources of lead (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), potential foodborne related outbreaks, rabies prevention, complaint investigations, and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health. Some information and educational topics include tickborne diseases, bedbugs, and control of other pests, and radon. The CVHD Environmental Health section works with many local and state agencies to protect the health of the general public.

The CVHD Environmental Health staff routinely inspects and/or processes:

  • 896 permitted food establishments (restaurants, schools, daycare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, mobile food trucks, etc.)
  • 67 tourist establishments (hotel, motel, inn, or bed and breakfast)
  • 29 campgrounds and summer camps
  • 37 swimming pools and hot tubs
  • 55 marinas and boat ramps
  • 8 labor camps
  • 1500 Onsite Private Well and/or Sewage Disposal System permits (annually)