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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 12, 5 p.m. Update - James City County Monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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James City County officials are continuing to monitor and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Our Office of Emergency Management, Public Safety, County Administration and others continue to communicate with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), as well as other localities and community agencies.

Virginia has 17 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, two of which are in the greater Williamsburg area.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Where to go for more information

We will continue to provide local updates through:

For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

What you can do:

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

Postponements and Cancellations

  • Due to the amount of staff time involved in the development and implementation of COVID-19 plans, the Joint Meeting of the Williamsburg City Council, James City County Board of Supervisors and the Williamsburg James City County School Board scheduled for Friday, March 13 has been canceled.
  • The Williamsburg Regional Library is postponing the opening of the new Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio at the James City County Library scheduled for March 21. Visit the Williamsburg Regional Library website or follow them on social media for up-to-date information on additional postponements and cancellations.
  • The Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony scheduled for March 26 is canceled.
  • Cars and Coffee with Cops scheduled for March 14 is canceled.
  • Visit the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools website or follow them on social media for up-to-date information on cancellations.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cautioning the public to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The FTC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. Please visit the FTC website for more information.

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman; Public Information Officer

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