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Posted on: April 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 28, 5 p.m. Update - Testing and Treatment Scams Continue; Bulk Pickup and Convenience Centers

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Police
The Shred-A-Thon originally scheduled for May 2 has been canceled.

Unfortunately, fraudulent testing and treatment scams are continuing. Please visit the FBI’s website to familiarize yourself with these scams. Unsure? Contact JCCPD at 757-566-0112 and speak to an officer before acting on an offer you receive. https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-emerging-health-care-fraud-schemes-related-to-covid-19-pandemic

General Services
Our Convenience Centers and Transfer Station (also known as a landfill) have been very busy over the last several weeks with residents spending time at home cleaning out attics, closets and yards. For locations and hours of operation, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/2459/Convenience-Centers.

There are two ways to pay to dispose of household trash and yard debris.

  • Debit and Credit Cards – All three Convenience Centers accept debit and credit cards. The 2.95% convenience fee for all credit card transactions has been temporarily suspended until June 30, 2020.
  • Payment Coupons – Convenience Center coupon books may be purchased in person (by check or credit/debit card) at the Jolly Pond Solid Waste Office from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Coupon books can also be purchased online or by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705 to purchase via phone and the coupon book(s) will be mailed. Please allow 3-7 business days for delivery.

We also offer a bulk pickup service for $75. Our truck will allow for approximately 10 pickup truck loads. A standard pickup has dimensions of: 8’ long x 5.33’ wide x 1.5’ high and when loaded level full will hold 2.5 cubic yards of material.

Multiple households can share one pickup as long as all materials are located in one spot. For more information and to schedule a pickup, visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/2461/Bulk-Trash-Pickup-Request.

Recycling
Convenience Centers accept sorted recycling for free. Visit the website for a list of accepted items: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/2459/Convenience-Centers.

Curbside Recycling service continues to follow a normal pickup schedule. For more information including a list of accepted items, please visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/recycle or call 757-253- 6700.

Household Chemical Collection
VPPSA (Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority) will host two Household Chemical Collection events in May.

All collections are open to the residents of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. Proof of residency may be required. Event staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and remove items from vehicles.  
 - May 9, 8 a.m.-noon Operations Drive in York County (Yorktown between Service Drive and County Drive)
 - May 16, 8 a.m.-noon Coliseum Drive in Hampton (Hampton Coliseum Parking Lot)

VPPSA holds 16 household chemical collection events per year and accepts a variety of paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products and other chemicals. Visit vppsa.org for more information.

Business Updates
Reminder: County businesses are invited to participate in a new initiative from the Greater Williamsburg Business Council. Take a photo and submit it to participate. Deadline is Thursday, April 30 at 5 p.m. https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3867

Businesses should participate in resiliency and business assistance webinars with William & Mary, SCORE and the Virginia Small Business Development Center. All of these webinars are free. https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3875

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?ListID=356. Previous messages are available online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/list.aspx?PRVMSG=356.

For more information for businesses, please visit https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3751.

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. https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=3822 

Parks & Recreation 
We have noticed a few things since our doors closed...we are not "Us" without "U!" Check out https://youtu.be/qy5zc6cehV0 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! https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3765/Virtual-Programming 

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 https://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3804&ARC=5915 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
- https://jamescitycountyva.gov/covid
- www.facebook.com/jamescitycounty
- www.twitter.com/jamescitycounty

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information:
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, 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): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ 
- FEMA Rumor Control: www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control 

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

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