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Posted on: April 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 24, 5 p.m. Update - Practice Store Safety; Sew and No-Sew Mask Instructions

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Virginia Department of Health
If you plan on heading to the stores this weekend to pick up essentials, remember to practice store safety:

  • Be sure to stay 6 feet away – even in the aisles.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Try to only go to the store once a week or less.
  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth, if you can.
  • If your store has curbside pickup or delivery, use it!

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Sew and no-sew mask making:

Household cleaners and disinfectants can cause health problems when not used properly. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use. Learn more about cleaning and disinfecting your home:

Virginia Employment Commission
Have you lost your job? Apply online for Unemployment Insurance (UI), which can provide up to 26 weeks of benefits. Tutorial on how to file your initial Unemployment Claim:

Business Updates
Governor Ralph Northam today announced a diverse group of leaders participating in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, which will continue to provide advice and guidance to the Cabinet on a safe, responsible strategy for easing restrictions on businesses and individuals. This list includes Christy Coleman, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

New SBDC Webinar Series Next Week -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do business. As you continue to explore that that means to your business, the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has developed a weeklong webinar series to help you in that journey. The Virginia SBDC have gathered experts in the fields of eCommerce, digital marketing and cybersecurity to present the topics below. You can register for all four webinars or just the ones that are relevant to you.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: You can view the April 24 news online:

For more information for businesses, please visit

Social Services
Have you lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for assistance through the Department of Social Services. 

Parks & Recreation 
We have noticed a few things since our doors closed...we are not "Us" without "U!" Check out for this tribute to our patrons! New programming also includes arts & crafts for Astronomy Day, workouts and a variety of therapeutic activities for those with disabilities, reading resources for children, and the world of NASA at your fingertips! These programs and more are posted on our new Virtual Programming page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. Let us help you keep your spirits high and your mind and body well. The list is updated weekly! 

James City County has a variety of opportunities available in our parks to maintain your mental wellness and connect to nature during these challenging times. Visit to learn what’s open and closed. Please note: James City County’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open; however, please note the courts are open for singles play only. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickle ball courts are open, 7 a.m. to sunset daily. To ensure we can continue to offer these and more physical fitness and recreational opportunities, please follow social distancing guidelines - maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and groups of more than 10 will be asked to separate.

Need help? Know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

For more information
Hotline: 757-564-2140

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 or Peninsula Health District Call Center: 757-564-7069, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 
- FEMA Rumor Control: 

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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