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Posted on: March 25, 2020

March 25, 5 p.m. Update – County to Absorb Convenience Fees for Credit/Debit Card Payments

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

Updates
As a reminder, per Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, all gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide. This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government. For more information on Executive Order Fifty-Three, additional guidance can be found at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Regarding-EO-53.pdf.  

  • Board of Supervisors
    The Board of Supervisors held their regularly scheduled Work Session on March 24: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/215/On-Demand 

    Effective immediately and through June 30, 2020, the James City County Board of Supervisors elected to absorb the convenience fees for credit/debit card payment. Payments made online for personal property taxes, real estate taxes, recycling invoices, landfill coupon books and bulk pickup will NOT be charged a convenience fee at this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at 757-253-6705.

  • Planning Commission
    The Planning Commission meeting on April 1 at 6 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

  • Scams and Rumors
    Scammers are trying to take advantage during these challenging times. Dominion Energy, Virginia Natural Gas, JCSA and Newport News Waterworks have suspended service disconnections for non-payment. Visit the Federal Trade Commissions website for more information. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing 

  • Curbside Recycling
    Curbside recycling is still being collected by TFC. As a reminder, carts need to be out at the curb by 7 a.m. for service. Want to get a reminders in your inbox or on your phone? Visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/607/Solid-Waste-Recycling and select My Schedule.

  • Business News
    The Economic Development March newsletter was released and contains helpful information for businesses. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicSend/ViewMessage/message/105304

    The Better Business Bureau has a collection of useful information on COVID-19.
    https://www.bbb.org/council/coronavirus/

    The Williamsburg Tourism Council has compiled COVID-19 information for travel-related businesses and tourism attractions.
    https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/coronavirus

    For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751

  • Managing Stress
    The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

  • New Cancellations
    March 28 Sustainable Turf University
    April 4 Take Your Kid Fishing


County Offices and Services
As announced on March 23, all James City County offices, facilities, public basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, sports courts, athletic fields, playgrounds, skate park and recreation centers and libraries are closed to the public until further notice. This includes any courts at local schools. The County continues to provide most services and staff are available for assistance by phone or email. Visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov for more information on individual departments and services.

All County parks continue to be open; however, all restrooms in County Parks, except for Chickahominy Riverfront Park, are closed. The Chickahominy Riverfront Park Campground facilities remain open. In accordance with federal guidelines to curb and mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, gatherings of 10 or more people in any park area will be asked to separate or leave the facilities.


Previously Shared Information

For More Information
We have a hotline for the most recent updates on County information: 757-564-2140. The hotline recording will be updated as needed.

The Peninsula Health District call center is available for questions about the Coronavirus at 757-594-7069 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week. For up-to-date information on numbers of cases and transmission, please visit the Virginia Department of Health’s web page at www.vdh.virginia.gov.

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

FEMA has established a Rumor Control website to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response. https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control 

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.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.
  • Avoid crowds of more than ten people.

Where to go for more information
We will continue to provide local updates through:
https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid
www.facebook.com/jamescitycounty
www.twitter.com/jamescitycounty
Want to be the first to know what’s going on by receiving County news releases in your inbox? Subscribe to our email distribution list.
https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=167

For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV, https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020.asp

World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus2019 

Cancellations
The following events have been canceled:

  • March 26 Historical Commission Meeting
  • March 26 Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony
  • March 27 Sensory Friendly Movie Night
  • March 27-28 42nd Annual Countywide Spring Cleanup - postponed
  • March 28 Sustainable Turf University
  • March 28 CRASE & Stop the Bleed
  • March 28 Stargazing with NASA
  • March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Event
  • April 4 Take Your Kid Fishing
  • April 11 Household Chemical Collection
  • April 18 Bikes Out of Hibernation
  • April 25 DEA Drug Take Back
  • March/April Every 30 Minutes

Price Gouging
Price-gouging protections are in effect now that Virginia is under a State of Emergency. If you see excessive price increases for COVID-19 necessities, report it to Attorney General Mark Herring’s office https://oag.state.va.us/consumer-protection/index.php/file-a-complaint?fbclid=IwAR2ZwzYjS5zXBd0n6470X9p62Nr9-Wh6aMuSxWRDMzlkGjLhFX_Fukh5SkM

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer
757-272-3337; renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov


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