Friday, June 9, 2023

National Guard activated: James City County coronavirus positive cases jumps to 19; Williamsburg has four; the state, 114

Gov. Ralph Northam meets with his cabinet to address the coronavirus outbreak. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the governor's official Facebook page)
Gov. Ralph Northam meets with his cabinet to address the coronavirus outbreak. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the governor’s official Facebook page)

The coronavirus (COVID 19) has spread across the state.

As of Friday, James City County has 19 positive cases, Williamsburg has four, York County has three and Newport News has one, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

Virginia now has 114 positive cases of the coronavirus with 20 hospitalizations, according to Friday’s update.

Dr. Norman Oliver, the state health commissioner, said another 35 tests will be processed Friday with more cases from state and private labs like LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics.

He added there are more than 13,000 cases in the United States with some 196 deaths.

Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday the National Guard has been “on call” and “standby” since he declared a state of emergency.

“They’ve been activated,” he said, adding he has not made a decision to deploy or mobilize them yet.


  • Testing capacity: More than 1,000 tests available
  • New guidelines and criteria for testing, increase testing in nursing home, long-term care and assisted living facilities
  • No pilot testing (random sampling) at this time
  • Medical supplies: Virginia Department of Health received close to 200,095 respirators and stock of other personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves

Unemployment claims

  • Monday thru Thursday: around 14,000 claims
  • Thursday: 16,357 claims
  • Increase capacity with additional call center
  • Direct deposits sent out weekly
  • Qualifications change daily so everyone is encouraged to apply
  • File a claim visiting this online portal here.

Other updates from Northam

  • Depression, anxious or suicidal thoughts? Call National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255.
  • Stressed? Call 24/7 Disaster Stress Hotline: 800-985-5990 for crisis counseling.
  • U.S. Census: Fill out mail or online so Virginia can get $675 million of federal funding allocated to states.
  • ABC license: People ordering food from restaurants can also order beer and/or wine for either take out or delivery.
  • Concerned how your employer is handling coronavirus? Speak with their supervisor and if they are not helpful to reach out to OSHA.
  • Nice weather: Get some fresh air but keep your distance, maintain social distancing.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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