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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 13, 2:30 p.m. – County Declares State of Emergency, Offices Closed Through End of Day March 16

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

Following the Governor’s Emergency Declaration, James City County declared a local state of emergency at 11:30 a.m. today, March 13. The declaration is a precautionary move in the event it becomes necessary for the County to take further action.

All County offices, facilities, recreation centers and libraries closed to the public at noon today, March 13 and will remain closed through the end of the day Monday, March 16. The Convenience Center located on Jolly Pond Road will remain open for trash disposal. County parks will remain open. We will share information on the courts when it is available.

James City County officials are continuing to monitor and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Our Office of Emergency Management, Public Safety, County Administration and others continue to communicate with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), as well as other localities and community agencies.

For information on the number of cases, please go to the Virginia Department of Health’s web page at

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or immediately.

Closings and Cancellations

  • The 2020 Summer Job Fair scheduled for March 14 has been canceled.
  • The March 23 Community Participation Team (CPT) Listening Forum has been postponed. The CPT encourages local community organizations to submit input for the County’s Engage 2045 Comprehensive Plan update online at The Listening Forum will be rescheduled for a future date.
  • Fido Fest scheduled for March 21 has been canceled.
  • The Williamsburg Regional Library is postponing the opening of the new Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio at the James City County Library scheduled for March 21. Visit the Williamsburg Regional Library website or follow them on social media for up-to-date information on additional postponements and cancellations.
  • The Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony scheduled for March 26 is canceled.
  • Cars and Coffee with Cops scheduled for March 14 is canceled.
  • Visit the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools website or follow them on social media for up-to-date information on cancellations.

Where to go for more information

We will continue to provide local updates through:

For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

What you can do:

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

Scams and Reporting Price Gouging

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is cautioning the public to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The FTC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. Please visit the FTC website for more information.

Price-gouging protections are in effect now that Virginia is under a State of Emergency. If you see excessive price increases for COVID-19 necessities, report it to Attorney General Mark Herring’s office

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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