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Posted on: May 19, 2020

May 19, 4 p.m. Update - Pool Health and Safety Tips from the CDC; Bulk Pickup Services

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 

Most James City County offices, facilities and libraries are closed to walk-in traffic. The County continues to provide most services by appointment, by phone or online. Visit jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-253-6728 for more information on individual departments and services. County parks and trails are open, and visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. For more information about park amenities, call 757-259-5360.

Bulk Pickup
James City County offers a bulk pickup service for $75. Our truck will allow for approximately 10 pickup truck loads. Multiple households can share one pickup as long as all materials are located in one spot. For more information and to schedule a pickup, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/2461/Bulk-Trash-Pickup-Request. https://youtu.be/8_2RRhbO_6s 

New Website
The Virginia Housing Development Authority has partnered with Gov. Ralph Northam to create StayHomeVirginia.com, a website for housing-centered information about programs, service and resources to help Virginians who have experienced job or income loss and other impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis.

DMV
Five more DMV offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 for service by appointment only.

 - Emporia
 - Lynchburg
 - Newport News
 - Portsmouth
 - Tazewell

Learn more about open locations and specific services offered, and book your appointment today at www.dmvNOW.com/reopening.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
If you operate a pool or water playground, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow these health and safety tips:

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily
• Minimize the use of shared equipment
• Educate staff and guests about when to stay home
• Post healthy hygiene tips
• Encourage social distancing of at least 6 feet
• Encourage frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes
• Ensure guests do not wear face coverings in the water

See more CDC considerations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html 

Business Updates
Small businesses are invited to attend an upcoming W&M small business workshop on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. The topic will be on Branding in the Era of Covid-19 with guest speaker, Matt Williams, W&M marketing professor and former CEO of The Martin Agency, the 25th largest agency in the US and one of the most creatively recognized agencies in the world, from 2013-2018. The link to register for this event is https://forms.gle/uuu7NQe7hth2K4Pr7.

SCORE has a great article, "Three Tips for Properly Pivoting Your Business Model,” about how to pivot your business model. https://www.score.org/blog/3-tips-properly-pivoting-your-business-model

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356. Previous messages are available online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?PRVMSG=356.

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

Voter Registration and Elections 
James City County does not have an election in May. The next election for James City County voters is Tuesday, June 23 and it is a primary. The deadline to register for the June 23 polling day or to update your address or other registration information is Tuesday, May 26.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all James City County Voters to Vote from Home by absentee ballot. Visit the website for your options for obtaining an application or making your request: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/1044/Voter-Registration-Elections

Personal Property and Real Estate Taxes
James City County personal property and real estate tax bills have been mailed and are due Friday, June 5. If you did not receive your tax bill, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705. Taxes are still due even if you did not receive the bill.

The Board of Supervisors voted on May 5 to not charge a late payment penalty for personal property tax payments made between June 6, 2020 and midnight, Aug. 5, 2020. Interest will be charged at a rate of rate of ten percent (10%) per annum (about .83% monthly) for all payments made after June 5, 2020. Visit the website for more information: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3919 

Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation wants to help you and your family stay engaged while feeling “safer at home.”  Our Virtual Programming page offers outlets for activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. New this week – let us bring the outdoors to you during Parks to Kids Day, test your artistic abilities in the Cartoon Challenge, sign up for the fun Family Trivia Night, banish the boredom for teens with indoor and DIY projects, and answer the call of the wild by exploring your common backyard birds! Get the details on this new programming at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3765/Virtual-Programming and our ongoing list of programming at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24687/Ongoing-Virtual-Programs-PDF. 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 uncertain times. Whether you want to get some exercise or reduce your stress, we can help. All County parks are open; however, patrons must practice social distancing. Please maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet and groups of 10 or more 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 https://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3980.

Park Updates:
The Chickahominy Riverfront Park campground is open for all length of camp stays. Per the Governor’s phased reopenings, camping is an activity that can be done safely within social distancing guidelines The Guest Services building remains closed, but campers can make reservations and complete other transactions by calling 757-258-5020 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Guest Services service window will open 11a.m. – 4 p.m. daily for the sale of ice, firewood and other transactions. The Guest Services building will remain closed until further notice. Paddlecraft rentals are not available at this time. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are open and available.

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. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3822 

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
- https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid
- www.facebook.com/jamescitycounty
- www.twitter.com/jamescitycounty

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, 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): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ 
- FEMA Rumor Control: www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control 

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

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