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Posted on: June 25, 2020

June 25 4 p.m. Update - COVID-19 Testing Scheduled; Independence Day Holiday Closure

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Reminders 

Testing
To assist public health officials contain the spread of COVID-19 in overlooked, under-tested, underserved and/or uninsured communities, Faith Based Leaders and the Peninsula Health Department are partnering with Sentara Healthcare in offering free testing throughout the state of Virginia.

June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Chickahominy Baptist Church, 2900 Chickahominy Road

July 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Avenue

July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Little Zion Baptist Church, 8625 Pocahontas Trail

Visit the website for important details: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4069 

Independence Day Closures

  • County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 for the Independence Day holiday.
  • The James City County Recreation Center and Abram Frink Jr. Community Center will be open on July 3 and closed on July 4.
  • All County parks are open July 4; however, not all park amenities have reopened. For the latest information, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3980 or call 757-259-5360.
  • Convenience Centers and the Garbage Transfer Station will be open normal hours on July 3. They will be closed on July 4. Convenience Centers will reopen on July 5 and the garbage transfer station will reopen on July 6.
  • No change to curbside recycling schedule.
  • Contact the Courts directly for schedule information.

Fireworks
As a reminder, the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling or use of fireworks and sparklers in James City County is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or $2,500 fine. Professional displays are allowed through a special permit issued by the Fire Marshal.

Fireworks can be turned in without penalty at any JCC fire station or by calling Fire Administration at 757-220-0626 to make arrangements with Fire Marshal staff.

Citizens are encouraged to call 911 to report the use of fireworks by others. Fire Marshal staff will conduct extra patrols on July 4 so they can respond quickly to any reports.

Business Updates
As part of its contribution to the economic recovery, ODU’s Strome College of Business has launched the Strome Open4Business program. Companies and non-profits can sign up to take advantage of faculty-led student projects in a wide variety of areas, such as digital marketing, selling to the government, exporting, and finance. https://odu.edu/business/open4biz 

More than $125 billion in Paycheck Protection Program funding is still available. The deadline to apply is June 30. For more information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Contact your local financial institution for assistance.

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

Parks & Recreation 
All County Park restrooms have reopened. The fishing pier at Chickahominy Riverfront Park has reopened following maintenance work. All County parks are open July 4; however, not all park amenities have reopened. For the latest information, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3980 or call 757-259-5360.

The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are open to regular operating hours. Reopening details and social distancing guidelines are available at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24983/Center-Operations-Plan-6-15-20-PDF. At a glance, please be aware: patrons are required to wear a face covering for entry to the facility. It may be removed only when exercising on a piece of equipment or in the pool. All patrons will have their temperature taken by a contactless thermometer before entry. If your temperature is 100.4 F or higher you may not enter the facility. The Lounge, Child Watch, whirlpools, sauna, Stretching Room and basketball courts remain closed. Masks are required while using the track – 10 feet of required social distancing is not possible so there are no exceptions. Indoor Land and Outdoor Water Fitness classes begin June 29. Click here for the schedule of land classes; visit water fitness classes for the list of aquatic offerings.

Summer camps, classes and activities are scheduled to begin June 29. Registration is open. For program and camp offerings and descriptions, dates, cost and all registration information, please visit our website.

Holiday Closings: The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center will be closed July 4 (open on July 3).

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: 757-594-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 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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