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Posted on: February 18, 2021

Feb. 18 4 p.m. - COVID-19 Update

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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., Feb. 18
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 8.6%
Peninsula Health District: 12.0%
James City County: 8.3%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 557,896 (increase of 2,304 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 23,268 (increase of 89 over previous day)
Deaths: 7,090 (increase of 15 over previous day)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 3,744 (increase of 9 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 120 (increase of 5 over previous day)
Deaths: 45 (increase of 3 over previous day)

VACCINATIONS
Statewide
Vaccine doses administered: 1,471,242 (increase of 43,492 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 393,306 (increase of 27,248 over previous day)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 23,449 (increase of 258 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 4,465 (increase of 151 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

You can also call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Language translation and TTY services available.

Please list your race/ethnicity when you sign up for your vaccine and on the day of your appointment. We ask because this helps to ensure fair and equitable vaccine access and distribution to all Virginians.

Updated Frequently Asked Questions from the Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-faq/vaccination/


SOURCES FOR LOCAL INFORMATION
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line for Vaccine Distribution in the Greater Williamsburg area: 877-724-1954
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.williamsburgva.gov/i-want-to/learn-more-about/peninsula-covid-19-vaccine-faqs/-fsiteid-1


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
Winter Weather in United States, Virginia Impacts Vaccine Delivery: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4537  

SCAM INFORMATION 
FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
You cannot pay to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and you will not need to provide your social security number or bank/credit card information to receive the vaccine. Learn what you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19 vaccine scams by visiting the FTC website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/01/scammers-cash-covid-19-vaccination-confusion  

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/combattingfraud

FROM THE FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus 


PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION 

COUNTY NEWS ON COVID-19 
FROM THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
Good 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 renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov 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 Administrator

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 jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov 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/

FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
Governor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4533

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH    
Virginia Launches Central Pre-Registration Website for COVID-19 Vaccine: News Release: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4526

First 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=4523

VDH Announces Roll Out of Vaccination Program at CVS Pharmacy: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4500

First Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant Identified in Eastern Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4490

COVID-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=4481

U.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.html

Updated Guidance on When to Quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Improve 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.html

Improve 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.

TESTING 
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.

  • COVIDWISE is free to download on your smartphone and designed to completely protect your privacy.
  • The more Virginians that use COVIDWISE, the better you can be informed of potential exposure, which helps reduce your risk while protecting your family, friends and community. 
  • COVIDWISE is now connected to the National Key Server, which lets COVIDWISE anonymously share data with exposure notifications apps from other states.

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 WARMLINE
Call 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 Officer
757-253-6605; renee.dallman@jamescitycountyva.gov

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