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Posted on: March 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] March 29, 5 p.m. Update – Unemployment Insurance Reminder; Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewals

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As a reminder, per Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Three, all gatherings of more than 10 people are banned statewide. 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  

Remember, the key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit social interactions and practice social distancing. Virginia’s health is in your hands. Do your part, stay at home.

From the Virginia Employment Commission:
Important Information for Unemployment Insurance: If you have filed an unemployment insurance application (UI), you must then file a weekly claim for each week or you will NOT be paid! VEC recommends you do this on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday of each week if you remain unemployed and want to be paid for the prior week. You can complete and submit your weekly UI payment request by calling 1-800-897-5630. You can also find more information by visiting our website at

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Is your child or teen feeling stressed about COVID-19? There are many things you can do to support your child during this time:
• Take time to talk with them about COVID-19.
• Reassure your child and that it‘s normal to be upset.
• Try to keep up with a regular routine, including sleep and structured learning.
• Connect with friends and family through phone, text, or email.

See more tips to support your child or teen:

While social distancing for COVID-19, take the time to check in on friends and family to see how they are doing. Set up a daily phone or video call to touch base and share the best and most challenging parts of the day.

From FEMA:
While you are making trips for groceries and supplies, buy only what you need for about a week. Help ensure that all parents and caregivers have the resources they need to support their family and do not stockpile items like infant formula, diapers or wipes.

Due to COVID-19, the National Flood Insurance Program is giving a 120 day grace period to people who are expected to renew their policies between Feb. 13 & June 15, 2020. You will have 120 days after your policy expiration date to renew and there will be no lapse in coverage. As many face financial hardship during this time, we hope to give you peace of mind knowing that your property will be protected. If you have questions, contact your insurance carrier or the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at 1-877-336-2627. 

From the FBI:
The FBI has seen a rise in fraud schemes related to COVID-19. Protect yourself by watching out for fake CDC emails, phishing emails, and counterfeit treatments or equipment. Learn more at

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 are closed. The Chickahominy Riverfront Park Campground and restrooms will close on Friday, March 27 and will remain closed until further notice. 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.

In Other News
Virtual Open House Public Meeting for Replacement of the Ft. Eustis Boulevard Bridge
The bridge that carries Ft. Eustis Boulevard (Route 105) over the Lee Hall Reservoir in Newport News will be undergoing construction beginning in May 2020. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the City of Newport News, is hosting a Virtual Open House Public Meeting on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the proposed replacement project. For information and project updates visit the project website. To join the virtual meeting, visit the Public Meeting website on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m.

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. 

COVID-19 Podcast
Scott Stevens, County Administrator for James City County, is our guest on the podcast this week. We talk about COVID-19, the budget and more. video: audio only:

Managing Stress
The COVID19 crisis has affected families around the world and it is normal to feel overwhelmed during this challenging time. Whether you are stressed due to social distancing, economic loss or exposure to the virus, know that there is help available for you.

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides free, multilingual counseling 24/7. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

The CDC has useful tips and resources that may help you or your loved ones cope:

Rumor Control
There are rumors circulating on social media regarding curfews. No new curfews have been set. The existing James City County curfew ordinance prohibits minors (anyone under 18) from being in or upon any street, park, vacant lot, playground, wharf, dock, place of amusement or any other public place in the County between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5 a.m. of the following day. This has not changed.

Business Updates
In an effort to support restaurants impacted by COVID-19, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association have announced that March 30 through April 5 is Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week. The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association has compiled a list of area businesses that are open for business ( and everyone is encouraged to participate and support our community businesses.

Restaurants providing takeout, curbside pick-up and no-contact delivery are invited to fill out this form to participate. Restaurants may also email if they have questions.

For more information for businesses, please visit

Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors recorded a message for our community. 

The Board held their regularly scheduled Work Session on March 24: 

Effective immediately and through June 30, 2020, the James City County Board of Supervisors elected to absorb the convenience fees for credit/debit card payment. Payments made online for personal property taxes, real estate taxes, recycling invoices, landfill coupon books and bulk pickup will NOT be charged a convenience fee at this time. If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at 757-253-6705.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission meeting on April 1 at 6 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

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:

  • April 4 Take Your Kid Fishing
  • April 4 Campfire Social at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
  • April 11 Neighborhood Easter Egg Extravaganza
  • April 11 Household Chemical Collection
  • April 11 CRASE & Stop the Bleed
  • April 13 Firearm Safety Course
  • 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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