Friday, December 8, 2023

Coronavirus: 100% of this fund will go to relief efforts on the Peninsula

The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has set up a “United Way Emergency Fund” and is accepting donations to help relief efforts on the Peninsula.

It will assist those in need in connection with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Monetary donations will be accepted online at

United Way officials said 100 percent of donations made to the fund will support our local community as emergency needs arise from this health outbreak.

“We live in such a responsive and kind community, with many already asking ‘How can we help?’,” said United Way of the Virginia Peninsula president and CEO Steven S. Kast. “During this challenging and unusual time let us continue to be mindful of the critical human service needs to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.”

The spread of COVID-19 is likely to have a lasting impact on the Peninsula community, especially affecting those who are medically and economically vulnerable.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a financial emergency due to this outbreak, first call 757-594-4636, and the Community Resource Center 757-229-2222 will be available by phone for referrals to available resources.

In the Peninsula, James City County became the epicenter of Virginia’s coronavirus outbreak, having the first virus-related death in the state.

The first death in the state was in James City County — a man in his 70s who acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.

VDH reported a second death in the Peninsula Health District, also a man in his 70s and also acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, York County recorded its first coronavirus positive case, according to the updated report from the Virginia Department of Health.

James City County has 12. Williamsburg (city), one.

Statewide as of Tuesday: 67 confirmed cases, according to the VDH.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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