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Posted on: April 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 30, 5 p.m. Update - Updated COVID-19 Testing Website, Mail and Delivery Safety

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 testing page. Visit their website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing and to find a testing location near you.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Protect yourself from COVID-19 while bringing in your mail and deliveries. Avoid in-person contact when accepting packages and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with >60% alcohol after opening your mail. Get more tips:

Business Updates
The Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade has created a compilation of resources and information for Virginia businesses in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

There are multiple Small Business Administration webinars about their COVID-19 economic resources over the next few days. You must register online to participate. James City County is part of the Richmond District.

Follow Economic Development on social media for the latest information.
Facebook: and Twitter:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Parks & Recreation
As permitted within Governor Ralph Northam’s executive orders, Parks & Recreation will practice social distancing in the reopening of several services, which begin Monday, May 4. Please help us keep these services available to the community - participants must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and groups of more than 10 will be asked to separate.

  • James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road: the Marina Store service window will open daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions.
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway: the Campground will open to stays of 14 days or longer. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available.

For more information on park openings and closures, please see the list at

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. 

In an effort to serve as a direct resource for Virginians facing COVID-19-related challenges, The Virginia Department of Social Services has launched COVID-19 Virginia Resources, a mobile app and dedicated website to provide a one-stop switchboard for many of the benefits, resources and programs Virginians need most right now.

Visit the website or download the mobile app (available in the App Store today - Google Play coming soon!) to get streamlined access to actionable resources, including food assistance, health care, child care, Virginia tax guidance, paid sick leave and furlough obligations for businesses, and more.

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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