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Posted on: April 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 27, 5 p.m. Update - Your Cloth Face Covering Protects Them, Their Covering Protects You

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

The Importance of Face Covers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Please cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Your cloth face covering protects them. Their cloth face covering protects you.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Create your own LOVEwork while you stay at home. It can be as simple as a chalk drawing on the sidewalk, an arrangement of springtime flowers or even a LOVE made from odds and ends lying around the house. After you have created your masterpiece, take a picture or two and post it on social media, tag @visitvirginia and use the hashtag #LoveVA to share love with the whole world!

Coping with COVID-19
You are not alone. We are all in this together. There are ways to help you cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ website.

You might be seeing text messages promising money – maybe the economic impact payments, loans for small businesses, or an offer for money you can get. If you’ve spotted messages like this, we hope you’ve also deleted them. These text messages going around could lead you to a scam or a hacker, but not to anything helpful. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website to learn more.

Business Updates
The Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

SCORE Real-Time Mentoring Virtual Platform on Tuesday, April 28 or Thursday, April 30 from 2-6 p.m. Chat with business mentors and participate in online networking. Join when convenient for you. Brought to you by SCORE and presented by Constant Contact. Register for free online.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: You can view the April 27 news online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Social Services
Have you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Department of Social Services. 

Parks & Recreation 
We have noticed a few things since our doors closed...we are not "Us" without "U!" Check out for this tribute to our patrons! New programming also includes arts & crafts for Astronomy Day, workouts and a variety of therapeutic activities for those with disabilities, reading resources for children, and the world of NASA at your fingertips! These programs and more are posted on our new Virtual Programming page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. Let us help you keep your spirits high and your mind and body well. The list is updated weekly! 

James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these challenging times. Visit to learn what’s open and closed. Please note: James City County’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open; however, please note the courts are open for singles play only. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickle ball courts are open, 7 a.m. to sunset daily. To ensure we can continue to offer these and more physical fitness and recreational opportunities, please follow social distancing guidelines - maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and groups of more than 10 will be asked to separate.

Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

For more information
Hotline: 757-564-2140

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 
- FEMA Rumor Control: 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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