York County officials continue to monitor COVID-19 and are in regular contact with regional officials and representatives of the Virginia Department of Health. Citizens are reminded to ensure they seek up-to-date information from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and local city and county websites (James City County, City of Williamsburg, and York County).
For a listing of York County phone numbers, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/directory.
Helping the Local Business Community
Members of the community have expressed interest in supporting local businesses during this challenging time. York County’s Office of Economic Development is maintaining a web page listing local businesses with store hours and services being offered (i.e. food delivery). Visit www.yesyorkcounty.com/openforbusiness for the listing of businesses. If residents and/or business owners know of one not included on the listing, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back often – the list is updated as we receive new information.
Local Charitable Organizations
During times of emergency, charitable organizations provide for the needs of many in the community. Consider donating your time or resources to the a charitable group, such as United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (https://www.uwvp.org/), Virginia Peninsula Food Bank (http://hrfoodbank.org/) and the American Red Cross (https://www.redcrossblood.org/), to help others in need.
Several York County offices maintain active Facebook accounts where information is posted regularly. Please consider “liking” or “following” these accounts to receive up-to-date information at www.facebook.com:
- Government - @yorkcountyva
- Fire & Life Safety - @yorkcountyfire
- York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office - @YorkPoquosonSheriff
- Office of Economic Development - @YesYorkVA
- Visit Yorktown - @VisitYorktown
- Public Library - @yorkcountypubliclibrary
- School Division - @yorkcountyschoolsva
The Voter Registrar’s office, like all County offices/buildings, remains closed to the public. The Voter Registrar encourages voters to register or update their address online at www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal. Individuals without access to the Internet may call (757) 890-3440 to request an application be mailed to them. Once completed, the form may be returned via mail to York County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown VA 23690. For additional details, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.
Waste Management Update
York County’s Waste Management Division has seen an increase in the amount of household trash being collected this week. Our contracted trash collection provider, Republic Services, is working later each day to ensure all collections are complete. Residents are asked to leave their containers at the curbside on their collection day until their trash is picked up.
The Keep American Beautiful group, along with York County Waste Management and Beautification Committee, ask everyone to refrain from community cleanup events during this time due to the Governor’s order for social distancing and the ban on groups of more than 10 people.
Waste Management Center (145 Goodwin Neck Road)
Trash and recycling collections are proceeding as scheduled. The drop-off center is open for the disposal of trash and recycling. The VPPSA compost facility is open. Staff is providing citizens with instructions for safe and easy drop-off. The Tire Recycling Event scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. The Shred Event scheduled in conjunction with Drug Take Back Day on April has been cancelled. The office personnel are available to answer your questions by phone: (757) 890-3780.
Effective immediately, York County has closed the Yorktown Beach to swimming and sunbathing. This closure also includes the National Park Service (NPS) Beach Picnic Area located at the end of Water Street as well as the NPS beach west of the Coleman Bridge.
The Yorktown Beach and Riverwalk Landing walkway are open for pedestrians. However, the rules of social distancing apply (stay six feet apart) with group size limited to no more than 10 people.
The following parking areas are now closed:
- Upper Level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace
- NPS Beach Picnic Area
- Archer Cottage Lot (corner of Read and Water Streets)
- York Hall (301 Main Street)
The following public restroom facilities are now closed:
- Yorktown Beach
- Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace
The public restroom facilities adjacent to the Freight Shed are open.
These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. If you have questions about what is/is not permitted, please call York County at (757) 890-3300.
York County Administration
On Tuesday, March 17th, Governor Ralph Northam announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 including the avoidance of non-essential gatherings of 10 or more people, per federal guidelines. This does not apply to essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, airports, bus and train stations, and manufacturers.
We encourage you to follow the Governor’s order and limit the number of individuals in popular gathering spots – restaurants, gyms – to no more than 10. We recognize the hardship this places on everyone – from business owners to employees to citizens – and applaud you for the creative steps you are taking to continue providing services to the community.
By working together and implementing social distancing today, we may reduce the incidence of this virus tomorrow.
York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office
The March 31 Gun Safety Class has been cancelled. We will announce when the next class is scheduled. For non-emergency questions, please call 890-3621. In an emergency, always call 911.
Sheriff’s Office/York-Poquoson Courthouse
The office is closed to the public. If you need the assistance of a Deputy to file a police report, please call the non-emergency number at (757) 890-3621 for more information. In an emergency, call 911. The York-Poquoson Courthouse is open for all business and proceedings, however only those conducting business or reporting to court may be allowed in the building. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for April 25 has been cancelled.
- Individuals with cases scheduled are asked to contact the appropriate Court Clerk:
- Circuit Court – (757) 890-3350
- General District Court – (757) 890-3450
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations – (757) 890-3401
Clerk of Circuit Court
The Clerk of Circuit Court’s office is closed to the public with the exception of appointments scheduled directly through Clerk’s Office personnel. Persons needing to conduct business with the Clerk’s Office should utilize the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
- Deed/Land Records – 890-4103
- Criminal/Traffic Division – 890-4104
- Civil Division – 890-4105
- Fiduciary/Probate Division – 890-4106
- Any Other Miscellaneous Transactions – 890-3360
A temporary drop-box is being placed at the Courthouse’s front door security station for submitting civil and criminal paperwork and deed/land recordings. Electronic recording and online payments continue to be available online at https://simplifile.com/services/e-recording/ (Deeds/Land Recordings) and https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/fmsOnline/#/?fips=000C (Online Payments).
York-Poquoson Department of Social Services has a drop box located outside our building from 8:00-4:00. Our office is currently closed to the public. We are, however, answering all phone calls during our normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8am to 4pm. Our number is 757-890-3787. After our normal hours, child protective services complaints, can be made at 1-800-552-7096. Adult protective service complaints, can be made at 1-888-832-3858. Citizens wishing to apply for benefits (i.e. Medicaid, SNAP, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families-TANF) can do this 24 hours a day on www.commonhelp.virginia.gov, or dial 1-855-635-4370. If you have documents necessary for your benefits, please consider using your smart phone, tablet, or computer to email to email@example.com. You may also fax documents to 757-890-4980. As mentioned above, there is also a drop box located outside our building at 301 Goodwin Neck Road available during our normal business hours.
The Treasurer’s Office remains closed to the public, however employees are available to assist citizens by phone (757) 890-3420, fax (757) 890-3439, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments can be made online, by mail (USPS), or by using the drop-box located outside the Finance Building at 120 Alexander Hamilton Boulevard. Transactions may be processed online at www.yorkcounty.gov/treasurer.
York County offices, facilities, playgrounds and libraries are closed to the public. Staff is reporting to work and continuing to provide services to the community. Citizens are encouraged to visit the website – www.yorkcounty.gov – and utilize online payments, customer service requests, and more.
Commissioner of the Revenue
Citizens are asked to conduct business via telephone, email, and website. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/revenue for contact information and the Forms portal.
The Human Resources office remains closed to the public through the close of business on Friday, March 27. Jobseekers can view a list of open positions and apply for a job at www.yorkcounty.gov/humanresources. Staff is available to take your calls at (757) 890-3687.
The office has launched a COVID-19 Business Resource page and encouraging businesses to visit the site for helpful links and information that may be useful in preparing for the impact from the virus. Visit https://www.yesyorkcounty.com/311/COVID-19-Business-Resources.
Planning and Development Services
· The April 8 meeting of the Planning Commission has been cancelled.
· The Building Safety Office is closed to the public, however staff is in the office to assist you. Please call 890-3522 for more information. Procedures have been implemented for permit submits, construction plan review, permit issuance, and field inspections. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov/buildingsafety.
All County offices are closed to the public. However, the Purchasing staff is reporting to work and can accept sealed Bids and Proposals. If you need to deliver a Bid or Proposal to our office, please call 890-3864 upon arrival at our location and staff will come to the door to accept your documents and deliver them to the office to be time-stamped. For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/purchasing.
Fire & Life Safety
The department continues to respond to emergency calls for service. While fire stations are closed to public for visits/tours, individuals that show up at a fire station with an emergency will be provided appropriate care. For general questions, citizens may contact the department’s administrative office at 890-3600.
- The delay and suspension of Historic Yorktown operations and buildings has been extended until further notice. That includes: Trolley Service; Opening of Gallery at York Hall and the York County Historical Museum; the Riverwalk Landing Piers and the Freight Shed.
- This also means we will have to cancel or postpone any county-sponsored or co-sponsored events from now until the end of April including our opening market, French Market, and Pirate Festival. As previously announced, the National Park Service’s Civil War Weekend; the Victory at Yorktown 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Ferrari Invasion are all canceled.
- We will continue to evaluate the remaining spring events. For a list of all other gallery, museum, restaurant, shopping and lodging changes, please go to visityorktown.org and follow Visit Yorktown on social media.
Both branches of the library remain closed. Please keep checked out books and materials until we reopen. Due dates have been extended and we are not charging fines. Visit the library online to check out books electronically – www.yorkcounty.gov/library. If you do not have a library card, you can apply for one online and we will email your card number to you so that you can access eBooks and digital resources. Staff is available to answer your questions at (757) 890-5100 or (757) 890-3377.
You may be safeguarding yourself by staying in, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the library! Your free York County Public Library Card gets you access to a world of digital resources. Over the next few weeks library staff will be featuring them online on their Digital Library Spotlight blog – www.yorkcounty.gov/libraryblog.
- Got a question for a librarian? Digital collection assistance, library website questions, eBook troubleshooting…whatever the question, “Ask-A-Librarian.” Link is available at www.yorkcounty.gov/library or directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCPLAskaLibrarian.
Parks and Recreation
York County parks are open to the public, however playgrounds are closed. Those choosing to utilize our parks and asked to follow the recommendations for social distancing and to limit group size to 10 people or less. If you have questions about our parks, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec or call 890-3500.
York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardener events have been cancelled through the end of May, including:
- Annual Plant Sale
- Master Gardener Study Trip
- Flower Therapy at the Convalescent Center
- Earth Day Event
- Fairies and Friends Pollinator Day
- All Library Talks
For more information, call (757) 890-4940.
Symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath – have ranged from mild to severe, and like other respiratory illnesses, it is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease, and the CDC recommends that we take the following steps to help prevent the spread of not only this virus, but the flu and other respiratory diseases as well:
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.