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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 16, 5 p.m. Update – Board Schedules Special Meeting; County Hotline Available

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Board of Supervisors Special Meeting 
The James City County Board of Supervisors will hold a Special Meeting Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in the Board Room of Building F, located at 101-F Mounts Bay Road. Topics to be discussed include confirmation of March 13, 2020 Declaration of Local Emergency, updates on current conditions and consideration of future actions, if any.

The meeting will be aired live on cable TV Channel 48 Government Information Channel and live-streamed on the County’s YouTube channel. There is not an opportunity for public comment on the agenda; therefore, residents are encouraged to view the meeting from their homes.

County Hotline
Residents can now call 757-564-2140 for updates on County information. The hotline will be updated as needed.

Social Services
The County’s Department of Social Services is officially closed to the public through March 29. All essential services remain available. Citizens may reach the agency by calling the main office number at 757-259-3100. Citizens may use the agency drop box located in the parking lot to leave paperwork or applications. Citizens may apply for Benefit Programs by calling 855-635-4370 or online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov. If citizens have additional questions regarding Benefit Programs, they can call 757-259-3131 during the hours of 8-5, Monday-Friday. If citizens have additional needs that need to be addressed, they can call 757-259-3155 during the hours of 8-5, Monday-Friday.

Restaurants
Based on guidance from Governor Northam, James City County strongly encourages our restaurant community to temporarily close in-restaurant dining and bar areas. We encourage those establishments to continue to serve our community through take-out and delivery options. We understand the economic pressure this puts on the community. However, during this highly unusual public health emergency, we have an imperative to do everything we can to try to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus on our community and mitigate the long-term consequences, and we believe this step will help.

County Offices
As a reminder, all James City County offices, facilities, playgrounds, recreation centers and libraries are closed to the public through Sunday, March 29. The intent of this action is to try to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During this closure, citizens are encouraged to use online resources such as ePayment through the County’s website, https://jamescitycountyva.gov. Essential County services to the public will continue. County Convenience Centers and curbside recycling services will continue normal operating hours.

Previously Shared Information
We urge citizens to avoid social gatherings. By practicing social distancing, you can help slow the spread of this disease and reduce the strain on our medical facilities. However, even as we encourage social distancing, we do not want citizens to neglect critical needs like grocery shopping, fueling your vehicle and other daily tasks. We simply encourage everyone to do their part by practicing basic health precautions, such as cleaning hands frequently and sanitizing surfaces to limit disease transmission.

The Peninsula Health District has set up a call center for questions about the Coronavirus at 757-594-7069. The call center is available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week. For up-to-date information on numbers of cases and transmission, please visit the Virginia Department of Health’s web page at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

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

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.

Site Inspections

Stormwater and Resource Protection: Site Inspections. We are currently performing inspections. Staff will be maintaining a minimum separation of 6’ from anyone that may be on site. For more information call 757-253-6670.

Building Safety and Permits: Building Inspections. We are currently performing inspections. However, staff will be calling ahead to each job site before arriving to see if rescheduling the inspection is possible. If it is not possible to reschedule an inspection, staff will inquire to see if anyone on site has signs of respiratory illness. If so, staff will not conduct the inspection, but will reschedule the inspection for two weeks out. For more information call 757-253-6882.

Courts
The Courts will record information on their status at the following telephone numbers:
Circuit Court: 757-564-2242
General District Court: 757-564-2400
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 757-564-2200

Where to go for more information
We will continue to provide local updates through:

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

Cancellations
The following events have been canceled:

  • March 16 James City County Planning Commission Meeting The next meeting will be held on April 1 at 6 p.m. at 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F. Agenda items originally scheduled for March 16, including the Review of the FY2021-FY2025 Capital Improvements Program will be considered at the April 1 meeting. For more information, please contact the Planning Division at 757-253-6685 or email planning@jamescitycountyva.gov
  • March 17 Economic Development Authority Meeting
  • March 20 Forest Explorer Fridays: Decomposers
  • March 21 Fido Fest
  • March 21 Kiwanis Kids Idea Studio at the James City County Library Opening
  • 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 jamescitycountyva.gov/3748/Listening-Forums. The Listening Forum will be rescheduled for a future date.
  • March 25 Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play
  • March 26 Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony
  • March 27 Sensory Friendly Movie Night
  • March 28 Stargazing with NASA
  • March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Event

Scams
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. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

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 https://oag.state.va.us/consumer-protection/index.php/file-a-complaint?fbclid=IwAR2ZwzYjS5zXBd0n6470X9p62Nr9-Wh6aMuSxWRDMzlkGjLhFX_Fukh5SkM

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

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