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Posted on: May 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] May 7, 4 p.m. Update - New Video from CDC on How COVID-19 Spreads in a Community

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 can spread quickly at community gatherings, including a family funeral and a birthday party. In this short video, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Isaac Ghinai explains how two gatherings in Chicago led to a cluster of cases and 3 deaths. 

Resilience Week
May 3-9 is Resilience Week in Virginia. Today is Tranquility Thursday!
Noun: the quality or state of being tranquil; calm. Visit the website for coloring sheets, book lists and more: and 50 Ways to Practice Tranquility

Business Updates
Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Webinar: Refocus and Rebuild Workshop - A COVID-19 Workshop focusing on the Food Industry on Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Register: During this webinar, SBDC and industry professionals will provide specific information to help you understand the new requirements and make savvy financial decisions. This session will focus on Phase 1 reopening regulations, business decisions and operations for the food industry. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the meeting. There is no cost to attend this webinar.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is requesting tourism-related businesses complete a survey. This survey is being administered by their partner, Southeastern Institute of Research. 

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: Previous messages are available online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Parks & Recreation
Check out 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. New this week - learn how to paint using acrylics; get an aquatic workout at home, fun for family game night, discovery-based STEM experiences for children, activity resources for children with special needs and a virtual window into the natural world of birds! 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. You can practice social distancing while still getting exercise and reducing your stress – come hike, bike, fly a kite, boat or fish - we can help. All County parks are open, please note:

 - The James City County Marina Store service window is open daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions. The Marina Store remains closed and there are no bike and paddle craft rentals until further notice.

 - The Chickahominy Riverfront Park campground is open for stays of 14 days or longer, as permitted by Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five. Long-term camping is an activity that can be done safely within social distancing guidelines. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available.

 - The County’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open, available 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.

Patrons must practice social distancing; please maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet and groups of more than 10 are prohibited. Dogs must be leashed and under the complete and immediate control of their owner at all times. For the complete list of park amenity openings and closings, 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. 

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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