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Posted on: March 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 24, 5 p.m. Update – Business Updates, Internet Safety and Scams

Coronavirus covid19 update news flash 2020

As a reminder, per Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, all gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide, beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This does not include gatherings that involve the provision of health care or medical services, access to essential services for low-income residents, such as food banks; operations of the media; law enforcement agencies; or operations of government. For more information on Executive Order Fifty-Three, additional guidance can be found at  

  • Online Safety
    As many children are now transitioning to online schooling, it’s a good time to have a chat (or a refresher) with your child about internet safety.

  • Risk Factors
    While there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe illness from COVID-19, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions like diabetes may be at higher risk for getting sick. Learn what actions you should take to reduce your risk:

  • Scams
    Scammers are continuing to take advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Visit the Federal Trade Commissions website for more information. 

  • Business News
    The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a website with a prerecorded webinar giving guidance on how to apply for a Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

    Another SBDC webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. The Meeting ID is 145-542-750 and the dial-in is 1-646-558-8656.

    The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board’s Business Services team is working with employers to assist with their needs. If you are a business owner, employer or human resource representative who is considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, they encourage you to contact their Business Services team. They will get back to you within one business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more. Please email Steve Cook at

    For more information for businesses, please visit

  • Managing Stress
    The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

County Offices and Services
As announced on March 23, all James City County offices, facilities, public basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, sports courts, athletic fields, playgrounds, skate park and recreation centers and libraries are closed to the public until further notice. This includes any courts at local schools. The County continues to provide most services and staff are available for assistance by phone or email. Visit for more information on individual departments and services.

All County parks continue to be open; however, all restrooms in County Parks, except for Chickahominy Riverfront Park, are closed. The Chickahominy Riverfront Park Campground facilities remain open. In accordance with federal guidelines to curb and mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, gatherings of 10 or more people in any park area will be asked to separate or leave the facilities.

Previously Shared Information

For More Information
We have a hotline for the most recent updates on County information: 757-564-2140. The hotline recording will be updated as needed.

The Peninsula Health District call center is available for questions about the Coronavirus at 757-594-7069 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

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.

FEMA has established a Rumor Control website to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response. 

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.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.
  • Avoid crowds of more than ten people.

Where to go for more information
We will continue to provide local updates through:
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For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):,

World Health Organization (WHO): 

The following events have been canceled:

  • March 25 Planning Commission Development Review Committee (DRC)
  • March 25 Ooey, Gooey, Fun-Sensory Play
  • March 26 Historical Commission Meeting
  • March 26 Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Ceremony
  • March 27 Sensory Friendly Movie Night
  • March 27-28 42nd Annual Countywide Spring Cleanup - postponed
  • March 28 CRASE & Stop the Bleed
  • March 28 Stargazing with NASA
  • March 29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Event
  • April 11 Household Chemical Collection
  • April 18 Bikes Out of Hibernation
  • April 25 DEA Drug Take Back
  • March/April Every 30 Minutes

Price Gouging
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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