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Posted on: April 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 29, 5 p.m. Update - New Community Resource for Homebound Residents; Parks Update

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COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Community Resources
Do you know a senior in our community who is homebound and needs food? A group of local non-profits have joined together to provide food pantry pick up and delivery in the Williamsburg area, Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule a pick up and delivery, call 757-258-5890. Members of the COVID-19 Community Collab include Williamsburg Faith in Action, The Arc of Greater Williamsburg, Grove Christian Outreach Center, Meals on Wheels, Peninsula Agency on Aging, The Village Initiative and Williamsburg House of Mercy.

Williamsburg Health Foundation has a great resource for anyone looking for community resources in the area:

Parks & Recreation
As permitted within Governor Ralph Northam’s executive orders, Parks & Recreation will practice social distancing in the reopening of several services, which begin Monday, May 4. Please help us keep these services available to the community - participants must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and groups of more than 10 will be asked to separate.

  • James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road: the Marina Store service window will open daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions.
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway: the Campground will open to stays of 14 days or longer. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available.

For more information on park openings and closures, please see the list at

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
Take a minute to check out the Virginia Department of Health’s web page, It features a more interactive and personalized experience. Users are able to click through a list of topics and subtopics that are based on information consumers most frequently search for on the VDH COVID-19 website. VDH subject matter experts are involved so you know that you are getting accurate information.

If you receive an “accidental” overpayment for a service or another type of transaction, and the sender requests that you return the overpayment, this is likely a scam. Never send anyone money without verifying their identity and the validity of their request. Unsure? Contact JCCPD at 757-566-0112.

Business Updates
Manufacturers and businesses may need resources for purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to protect their employees. We have compiled a list of resources that may be of assistance if your business needs PPE.

On April 25, the Virginia Department of Health issued interim guidance for daily COVID-19 screening of employees. This includes questions to ask employees and suggested protocol if an employee develops symptoms while at work.

Business owners are encouraged to sign up for the Economic Development Emergency Information newsletter. Subscribe online: You can view the April 29 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. 

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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