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UpdatesToday, March 30, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.The executive order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction. Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.Link to full release: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855702-en.html Link to Executive Order Fifty-Five: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdfJamestown BeachThe Governor’s order specifically calls for the closure of all public beaches as defined in § 10.1-705 of the Code of Virginia for all activity, except exercising and fishing. Social distancing requirements must be followed. This includes Jamestown Beach.Business UpdatesPlease be advised that the link for the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan application link has changed – https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. The application deadline is April 3. For more information, please visit https://www.vcwhamptonroads.org/covid-19-update/.William & Mary MBA Students Offering Free Assistance - Need support services during COVID-19? Ask the experts! MBA students at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary are offering small business crisis services. A team of students backed by faculty and volunteers is offering support to locally owned small businesses (more than one and less than 100 employees) for free. They are offering services on a first-come, first-served rolling basis. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.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 http://www.vec.virginia.gov/.Child Care for Essential PersonnelWith the recent long-term closures of the public schools, many families who work in the medical field and other essential jobs in the community must find child care for their children. There are a large number of child care centers currently open and ready to enroll children of these essential personnel. Child Care Aware of Virginia has the most up-to-date information about the child care options in the region. Essential employees in need of child care can call 1-866-KIDS TLC (1-866-543-7852) for assistance. Full news release: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3786From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: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.Need help or know someone who does?Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline or call 1-800-985-5990Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224From FEMA: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. https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/29/fema-extends-grace-period-flood-insurance-renewal-premiums?fbclid=IwAR12f3ZVMLseyfNjmTnNPu72cXQRV-I5fkyd5q2XiFnUs27KR1s8ANcWQY0 Scams: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 https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.Sentara Warns Community of COVID-19 In-Home Testing Scam: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3785County Offices and ServicesAs 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 https://jamescitycountyva.gov 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 NewsVirtual Open House Public Meeting for Replacement of the Ft. Eustis Boulevard BridgeThe 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 InformationWe 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 www.vdh.virginia.gov.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. https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control COVID-19 PodcastScott 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d3Obn4M91k audio only: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/podcast
Managing StressThe 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.htmlRumor ControlThere 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.Board of SupervisorsThe Board of Supervisors recorded a message for our community. https://youtu.be/L2a_dFuIlUE The Board held their regularly scheduled Work Session on March 24: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/215/On-Demand 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 CommissionThe Planning Commission meeting on April 1 at 6 p.m. will be held as scheduled.What You Can DoTo lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:
Where to go for more informationWe will continue to provide local updates through:https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covidwww.facebook.com/jamescitycountywww.twitter.com/jamescitycountyWant to be the first to know what’s going on by receiving County news releases in your inbox? Subscribe to our email distribution list.https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=167For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, 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): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV, https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020.aspWorld Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus2019 CancellationsThe following events have been canceled:
Price GougingPrice-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_Fukh5SkMMedia Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-272-3337; email@example.com