YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge to provide child care for essential personnel during coronavirus pandemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam has urged Virginians to stay home and ordered non-essential businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But what about essential businesses? What do those workers do about child care and other basic needs when so many other businesses are closed?

The YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge said it will provide child care for essential workers who must work out of the home during the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Hope, an emergency childcare program for essential personnel, will open soon to support the fight against the coronavirus. Full-day care will be available to families from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for school-aged children 5-12 years old at the Kirk Family YMCA, Salem Family YMCA, and Botetourt Family YMCA locations. A daily rate of $30 will be charged, with financial assistance available if needed. Each site has limited capacity and registration will be received on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The YMCA has been working with local hospitals, agencies, and other community organizations that employ essential personnel to understand their current needs and determine how to best support them during this time,” a statement from the non-profit organization said. “Additionally, the YMCA is working with community partners to add additional sites, as the demand for childcare rises.”

If a child is exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, he or she will not be admitted.

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