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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., Feb. 17Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR OnlyState: 8.9%Peninsula Health District: 12.1%James City County: 7.6%Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Cases: 555,592 (increase of 2,284 over previous day)Hospitalizations: 23,179 (increase of 137 over previous day)Deaths: 7,075 (increase of 38 over previous day)James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Cases: 3,735 (increase of 4 over previous day)Hospitalizations: 115 (decrease of 1 over previous day – this occurs when a patient is marked as a JCC resident when they are actually from another locality such as the City of Williamsburg)Deaths: 42 (no change)VACCINATIONSStatewideVaccine doses administered: 1,427,750 (increase of 28,529 over previous day)People fully vaccinated: 366,058 (increase of 14,617 over previous day)James City County Vaccine doses administered: 23,191 (increase of 302 over previous day)People fully vaccinated: 4,314 (increase of 219 over previous day)HAVE YOU PRE-REGISTERED FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINATION WITH THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH?Pre-registration website: https://vaccinate.virginia.gov The link on the website to check your pre-registration status is not working. Use the Check List link in the upper right hand corner instead. For assistance, you can also 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.SOURCES FOR LOCAL INFORMATIONCOVID-19 Vaccine Information Line for Vaccine Distribution in the Greater Williamsburg area: 877-724-1954Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.williamsburgva.gov/i-want-to/learn-more-about/peninsula-covid-19-vaccine-faqs/-fsiteid-1LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 FROM THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATORGood afternoon. I would like to give you an update on the progress of vaccinations in James City County.The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the lead agency on vaccine distribution throughout Virginia. VDH has 35 health districts and our district is a combined district that includes Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York County and James City County. We have been talking with our health district staff on a very regular basis throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In late December, the six localities became very concerned with what appeared to be a slower distribution process than we were seeing in other parts of Virginia. We worked together to raise awareness and offer assistance. We established three vaccination clinics on the Peninsula and ours is located at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center.Our clinic opened on Jan. 22 and has vaccinated more than 3,700 employees and residents from our area. We began with public employees because we did not have indemnification for our EMS staff to provide vaccinations to the general public and we did not have the ability to properly schedule those who had registered through the VDH website. We have since obtained indemnification for our EMS staff and VDH began using their scheduling system in our clinic last Friday. They are scheduling appointments using the information from those who have registered through their website and I have heard from a few of our residents over 65 that they received an appointment in our clinic last week. However, it is important to remember that there are more than 20,000 residents in the 65 plus age group in James City County and many are waiting to schedule an appointment.Virginia is receiving 129,000 doses per week, which isn’t enough to meet the current demand. Our clinic at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center has the ability to vaccinate more than 3,000 people per day, but we have been told to expect 500 doses per week until the supply of vaccine increases.In addition to establishing a vaccination clinic, we are staffing a telephone information center. While we cannot yet schedule appointments, we can share the latest information and provide an avenue where our residents can talk with someone. As you know, the number for our information center is 877-724-1954 and I am glad that you were able to talk with someone who was knowledgeable. We have also publishing a daily news release at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday with vaccination information that can be delivered via email. If you would like to register for this news release, send an email to email@example.com or text 757-272-3337.VDH has established a new statewide pre-registration system to improve the consistency of the registration process and allow individuals to confirm their pre-registration status at any time. Visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov (The link on the website to check your pre-registration status is not working. Use the Check the List link in the upper right hand corner instead.)In addition, VDH has opened a dedicated call center with more than 750 call takers who can answer questions and assist with pre-registration: 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.The VDH Vaccine Dashboard shows that as of today, 23,191 vaccine doses have been administered to James City County residents. More than 23% of our residents have received their first dose as compared to the statewide average of just over 12%. VDH has worked to provide multiple outlets for vaccine distribution, utilizing their clinics, the hospital systems and pharmacies. This has created a lot of confusion and while I believe most being vaccinated fall into the 1A/1B categories, they are not prioritized well in regards to age or health status.Vaccinations are not normally a local government responsibility, but I wanted to share that your elected officials, city and county staffs, and our regional partners are working hard to speed up the vaccine distribution process. We still have work to do, but we are making progress.Scott Stevens,County AdministratorFROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICEGovernor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4533PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION COUNTY NEWS ON COVID-19 If you are a JCC resident and have questions about the CARES Act for your water or sewer bill contact James City Service Authority at 757-259-5416 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and put CARES Act in the subject heading. For those that have applied please monitor your account.VIRTUAL VACCINATE VIRGINIA TOWN HALL Did you miss the Vaccinate Virginia Town Hall on Feb. 10? It is now available to stream online: https://www.wric.com/vaccinate-virginia/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Virginia Launches Central Pre-Registration Website for COVID-19 Vaccine: News Release: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4526First Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant and Second Case of B.1.351 Variant Identified in Eastern Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4523VDH Announces Roll Out of Vaccination Program at CVS Pharmacy: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4500First Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant Identified in Eastern Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4490COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic. However, even after vaccination everyone should continue to follow all the current guidance to protect themselves and others. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, following facility guidance on visitation and infection control, and cleaning hands often.Find out more information about precautions after vaccination at VDH’s COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-faq/vaccination/Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Identified in Northwest Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4481U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Vaccine Information for Veterans and VA Health Care Personnel: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION COVIDVIEW Weekly Summary: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.htmlUpdated Guidance on When to Quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.htmlImprove the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/mask-fit-and-filtration.htmlImprove How Your Mask Protects You – Includes guidance on double masking: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html.SCAM INFORMATION FROM THE FBI As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, here are signs of potential scams:
Protect Yourself. Do not give out your personal information to unknown sources. |If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:
FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION COVID-19 Consumer Scams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvGbzQHpMBo&feature=emb_titleTESTING Who should get tested for COVID-19? https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/ADD YOUR PHONE TO THE COVID FIGHT COVIDWISE is Virginia’s official exposure notifications app that lets you know if you’ve likely been exposed to another COVIDWISE user with a positive COVID-19 test result.
Visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise/ for more information.NEED HELP OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES?If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:- Call 911- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
COVID WARMLINECall the Virginia C.O.P.E.S. warm line if you are feeling stressed by COVID-19 and need support. Virginia C.O.P.E.S., which stands for compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support, is a “warm” line set up to help people who are having trouble dealing with the changes in our lives due to COVID-19. Callers can receive emotional support and referrals for mental and behavioral health and other services. Unlike 911, which is used only for emergencies, a warm line offers support and gives people the chance to talk about their struggles and mental health. The COVID Warm Line number is (877) 349-6428 Toll Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 -9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Spanish speaking counselors are available.COVID-19 INFORMATION- Virginia Department of Health (VDH): www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/Media Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-253-6605; email@example.com