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Posted on: March 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] March 4, 4 p.m. COVID-19 Update

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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., March 4 
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 6.3%
Peninsula Health District: 9.1%
James City County: 6.7%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 581,408 (increase of 1,300 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 24,414 (increase of 60 over previous day)
Deaths: 9,357 (increase of 31 over previous day)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 3,886 (increase of 10 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 130 (no change)
Deaths: 63 (no change)

Vaccine doses administered: 2,122,323 (increase of 59,920 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 740,786 (increase of 24,126 over previous day)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 30,330 (increase of 979 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 10,754 (increase of 305 over previous day)

- Pre-registration website:
- 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:

- We understand that additional pharmacies in our area have received COVID-19 vaccine doses through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Please continue to reach out to your health care providers and pharmacies in addition to pre-registering on the website For more information about the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, visit

- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line for Vaccine Distribution in the Greater Williamsburg area: 877-724-1954
- Frequently Asked Questions:


Vaccine appointment emails are being sent throughout the week to those in 1a and 1b. Please reach out to your friends and loved ones and make sure they are checking their emails and answering their phones.

Virginia Department of Health Confirms First Age 0 – 9 Fatality with COVID-19:

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.

Two important ways to make sure your mask works the best it can:

  1. Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask
  2. Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.

Choose a mask with a nose wire
- A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask
- Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
- Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.

Use a mask fitter or brace
- Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.

Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin
- Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
- Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
- If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.

Add Layers of material
- 2 ways to layer
-- Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
-- Wear a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
--- The cloth mask should push the edges of the disposable mask against your face.
-- Make sure you can see and breathe easily

Knot and Tuck ear loops of a 3-ply mask
- Knot the ear loops of a 3-ply face mask where they join the edge of the mask
- Fold and tuck the unneeded material under the edges

Do not:
- Combine two disposable masks
- Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
- Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
- Only use one KN95 mask at a time.


- County Administrator Scott Stevens provided a vaccination update to the Board of Supervisors during their Feb. 23 business meeting:
- COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program
---- Do you live in James City County, the City of Williamsburg or York County?
---- Have you been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
---- Are you behind in your rental payments?
You may be eligible for rental assistance. Call 757-259-5340 or email for more information.
- 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 and put CARES Act in the subject heading. For those that have applied please monitor your account.

- Virginia COVID-19 Briefing, Feb. 24, 2021:
- Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise:
- Executive Order 72, Amended Feb. 24, 2021:
- Governor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System:

The Vaccine Summary Dashboard continues to show Virginia’s significant progress in vaccinations, with more than 2 million doses administered. More than 9 in 10 available first doses have been administered. (It is important to note that the number of doses shown as being “received” by hospitals and local health districts does not account for the doses they then redistribute to other partners such as physicians and pharmacies.)

The statewide vaccine pre-registration system at has received more than 3 million views and 670,000 pre-registrations since its launch on February 15. Including individuals who pre-registered through local health districts in the past, the new system now includes more than 1.7 million residents and essential workers. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district have been automatically imported into the new statewide system and do not need to pre-register again. As data migration continues, some pre-registrations may not yet appear in the search tool. Anyone who experiences difficulties with the search function should check the spelling of their name and email address carefully and consider whether they may have used a different name, phone number, or email address in the past. Anyone with questions should call 877-VAX-IN-VA rather than their local health district. A public information toolkit is available to assist local health districts, localities, and community partners with graphics, talking points, frequently asked questions, and other materials.

The new central Vaccinate Virginia phone number, 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), has received more than 150,000 calls so far, and is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Service is available immediately in English and Spanish, with real-time interpreter services available in any of more than 100 languages as needed.

Each essential worker in Virginia should pre-register at or 877-VAX-IN-VA. To protect employee health information and promote equity among employees of many types of businesses and organizations, employees are no longer being pre-registered through employers. Employers are still encouraged to raise awareness among employees of the importance of getting vaccinated and how to pre-register, and to work with local health districts when it would make sense to hold on-site clinics for employees who are already pre-registered and eligible.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following previous authorization for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. All three vaccines are safe and virtually eliminate the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19. While there are a variety of differences between the three vaccines, the most important is that Johnson & Johnson only requires one dose rather than the two doses required by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. Virginia expects to receive approximately 69,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson this week. Vaccine brands are assigned to clinics based on logistics needs such as shipping quantities and storage temperatures, and not based on demographics or geography.

Based on our population, Virginia expects to receive 249,000 new first doses this week from the federal government (including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech), and 75,000 new first doses will be administered through the federal retail pharmacy program that includes CVS, Food City, Giant, Kroger/Harris Teeter, Safeway, Walgreens, Walmart, and multiple independent community pharmacies. There are still simply not enough doses available yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia is not likely to meet the demand for Phase 1b until April. Unfortunately, it may be weeks or longer before vaccination appointments become available for those who have pre-registered.

- First Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant Identified in the Northwest Region of Virginia:
- Virginia to Begin Offering New, One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Following Federal Approval:
- First Cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Identified in the Southwest Region of Virginia:
- First Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Identified in the Central Region of Virginia:
- Additional Pharmacy Networks Added to Federal Partnership to Provide No-Cost COVID-19 Vaccines:

- Vaccine Information for Veterans and VA Health Care Personnel:

- Updated – Frequently Asked Questions About v-safe:
- Updated - What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines:
- Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing after vaccination. We don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. Experts are also looking at how many people get vaccinated and how COVID-19 is spreading in communities. Until we learn more, continue to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and wash your hands often.
- Updated - Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination:
- Updated – What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine:
- New and updated COVID-19 videos are now available in American Sign Language (ASL) on CDC’s YouTube channel. The videos cover topics like masks, hand washing, planning outings and visits, and back to school planning.

- Due to the large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19 vaccines, remember to rely on OFFICIAL sources to get information. Help control the spread of rumors by sharing this page:

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.

- Who should get tested for COVID-19?

- 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 for more information.

- 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

- 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.

- Virginia Department of Health (VDH):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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