BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., March 17
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
Peninsula Health District: 9.4%
James City County: 6.3%
Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths
Cases: 598,468 (increase of 1,327 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 25,517 (increase of 78 over previous day)
Deaths: 10,154 (increase of 50 over previous day)
James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths
Cases: 4,051 (increase of 12 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 134 (no change)
Deaths: 70 (increase of 1 over previous day)
Vaccine doses administered: 2,810,928 (increase of 35,865 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 1,036,399 (increase of 11,067 over previous day)
James City County
Vaccine doses administered: 38,826 (increase of 341 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 14,927 (increase of 151 over previous day)
LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Updated - How COVID-19 Vaccines Get to You: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/distributing.html
Updated - How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/talk-about-vaccines.html
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION
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/
FEDERAL RETAIL PHARMACY PROGRAM
- 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 https://vaccinate.virginia.gov. For more information about the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/index.html.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line for Vaccine Distribution in the Greater Williamsburg area: 877-724-1954
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.williamsburgva.gov/791/COVID-19-Vaccine-FAQs
COUNTY NEWS ON COVID-19
- Health Districts, Localities and Health Systems Join Forces Under Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4625
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and put CARES Act in the subject heading. For those that have applied please monitor your account.
FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
- Virginia COVID-19 Briefing, March 9, 2021: https://youtu.be/9vfRYj2ihS0
- Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4559
VACCINATE VIRGINIA – MARCH 11 UPDATE
The Vaccine Summary Dashboard continues to show Virginia’s significant progress in vaccinations, with more than 2.3 million doses administered. Nearly 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on March 8 about what people can do when they are fully vaccinated (which occurs two weeks after their final vaccine dose). The guidance notes that because public health researchers are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19, even people who are fully vaccinated should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Executive Order 72 maintains the 10-person limit on indoor social gatherings; the 25-person limit on outdoor social gatherings; the requirement to wear masks in public places; guidelines for businesses; and other provisions.
Everyone should verify and update their pre-registration records now by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA, because the form includes additional questions that were not available on previous forms. If a record is missing important information, vaccination appointments may be delayed. People who have already been vaccinated should still update their records, because it will help match them to the immunization database to prevent them from receiving weekly reminders. Verifying information and updating records will not change pre-registration dates or reference codes. The statewide vaccine pre-registration system has received more than 8 million views and more than 1 million 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 2.2 million people who live and work in Virginia. 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. 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 283,000 inbound calls so far and placed more than 147,000 outbound calls to schedule appointments from the state pre-registration list at retail pharmacies. The number 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.
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
- After you are vaccinated, it is important to continue prevention measures to protect yourself and others, such as wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands often. We’re still learning how long vaccine protection lasts and whether or not vaccinated people can still transmit the virus. Until more people are fully vaccinated, we should all continue taking steps to keep our communities safe.
- VDEM and VDH Open Community Vaccination Centers Statewide: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4622
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
- Updated - Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html
- Updated - Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html
- Updated - What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/older-adults.html
- Updated - COVID-19 Vaccines for People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups/high-risk.html
- Updated - When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
- Updated - Sick Parents and Caregivers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
- Updated - When to Quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
- Updated - Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
- 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: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/rumor-control fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/rumor-control
- 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
- INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/combattingfraud
- INFORMATION FROM THE FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus
- 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
- 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/
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer