Monday, September 25, 2023

Williamsburg created a hub for residents to get accurate info about coronavirus

(WYDaily file/Copurtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Copurtesy of Unsplash)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created many challenges in all fronts of local government.

Officials said the greatest need is the sharing of information – accurate information.

Williamsburg city staff field calls and emails from residents concerned about the coronavirus in the community.

Now the streamline: The city’s Information Technology Department, using web development and GIS tools, developed a new COVID-19 information hub that was uploaded to the city’s website Friday, officials said in a news release.

It offers a “one-stop-shopping” site for global, national, state and local information and resources on the city’s website.

It includes:

  • Current data on confirmed cases, recovered cases and deaths.
  • Protection and prevention information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Live Twitter and Facebook feeds from the CDC and the City of Williamsburg.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • Links to state and city resources.

The hub was created by GIS specialist Sela Gordon of the city’s Information Technology Department.


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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