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Posted on: April 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] April 5, 4 p.m. COVID-19 Update

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Our next 4 p.m. update will be released on Thursday, April 8. We will continue to send urgent information as needed. 

BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., April 5 
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 6.4%
Peninsula Health District: 9.3%
James City County: unavailable

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 626,171 (increase of 5,370 since Thursday, April 1)
Hospitalizations: 26,725 (increase of 189 since Thursday, April 1)
Deaths: 10,360 (increase of 92 since Thursday, April 1)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 4,324 (increase of 45 since Thursday, April 1)
Hospitalizations: 139 (increase of 1 since Thursday, April 1)
Deaths: 70 (increase of 1 since Thursday, April 1)

VACCINATIONS
Statewide
Vaccine doses administered: 4,224,890 (increase of 374,052 since Thursday, April 1)
People fully vaccinated: 1,543,719 (increase of 167,917 since Thursday, April 1)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 52,694 (increase of 4,039 since Thursday, April 1)
People fully vaccinated: 20,272 (increase of 1,789 since Thursday, April 1)


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 
Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula Moves to 1c: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4686

Please verify and update your pre-registration information now. Visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-829-4682 (available in English and Spanish. Additional language services in 100+ languages. TTY users dial 7-1-1.)

VACCINATE VIRGINIA – APRIL 2 UPDATE

Governor Northam announced that all individuals in Virginia age 16 and older will be eligible by April 18 to get the COVID-19 vaccine, ahead of the May 1 nationwide goal set by President Biden.

Everyone eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a or 1b who has pre-registered has either received an invitation to make an appointment or will in the next two weeks. The Virginia Department of Health is shifting allocations to local health districts that need help meeting demand in Phase 1.

The pre-registration form at vaccinate.virginia.gov now allows users to update their records to indicate that they have already been vaccinated, to avoid receiving future reminder and appointment invitations.

With 4 million doses of vaccine administered so far in Virginia, more than one in three adults have received at least one dose and one in five adults are fully vaccinated. Virginia is administering vaccine doses as quickly as they are provided by the federal government.

Twenty-two of Virginia’s 35 local health districts have already started vaccinating essential workers in Phase 1c after providing appointments to everyone eligible in Phases 1a or 1b on the pre-registration list. Beginning April 4, districts that have invited everyone pre-registered in Phase 1c may invite members of the general public (Phase 2) who have pre-registered. Those at highest risk will continue to receive priority in the scheduling process.

Governor Ralph Northam announced several efforts aimed at increasing Virginia’s vaccinator workforce. Health care providers who are now authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia include but are not limited to dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, optometrists, and health professions students enrolled in an accredited Virginia program. Eligible providers may serve as vaccinators if they have the appropriate training and meet the supervision requirements. Eligible health care providers may register to volunteer as a COVID-19 vaccinator through either the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (for volunteers to help respond to a variety of public health emergencies) or the newly-established Virginia Volunteer Vaccinator Registry (for volunteers who only wish to serve as COVID-19 vaccinators). Approved vaccination providers may request volunteer vaccinator support. Last month, the Governor issued Third Amended Executive Order Fifty-Seven to provide additional flexibility for vaccinators.

A fifth Community Vaccination Center (CVCs) will open in Suffolk next week, following those in the Chesterfield/Petersburg, Danville, Portsmouth, and Prince William areas. These high-volume vaccination clinics are organized by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Virginia Department of Health in collaboration with local health districts; funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and operated by a turnkey contractor. FEMA has also opened a mass vaccination clinic in Norfolk as part of its Supplemental Allocation Vaccine Effort (SAVE) pilot program. Like local clinics, the CVC and FEMA sites are by appointment only, with invitations sent to eligible individuals on the statewide pre-registration list. Locations were selected based on an equity analysis to determine the communities with the most vulnerable populations and the greatest impact from COVID-19. Additional CVCs will open across Virginia in the coming weeks.

The most recent amendments to Executive Order 72 took effect April 1, including the increase in the limit on social gatherings from 10 to 50 indoors and from 25 to 100 outdoors. Limits for entertainment and public amusement venues remain at 30% occupancy, but the cap for indoor venues has increased from 250 to 500 persons, and the cap for outdoor gatherings has been removed. The number of spectators allowed at recreational sporting events has increased from 25 to 100 indoors, and from 250 to 500 outdoors, and remains limited at 30% capacity. Amended guidelines for business sectors are also available.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Updated - Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

Updated – Travel and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Updated - Different COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

Updated - Science Briefs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/index.html


PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION  
- 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 housing@jamescitycountyva.gov 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 jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov and put CARES Act in the subject heading. For those that have applied please monitor your account.

FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE 
- Governor Announces Virginia to Expand Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults by April 18: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4678

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
- VDEM and VDH Urge Individuals to Not Travel to Community Vaccination Centers Without an Official Appointment or Invitation: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4663
- What is herd immunity? Herd immunity happens when most of the people in a community are immune to an infectious disease, meaning they can be exposed to someone who has the disease and not get sick. People can become immune either by having the disease or by getting vaccinated against the disease. For a disease like COVID-19, herd immunity makes it harder for the virus to find someone to make sick. Vaccinating a lot of people is the best way to get herd immunity without people getting ill. So, until we reach herd immunity, continue to wear a mask inside and outside when you are around people not in your own household, stay at least 6 feet apart from other people, keep away from large crowds, wash your hands often, and get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.
- Federal Retail Pharmacy Partners Expand Vaccines to Virginians 16-64 with High-Risk Medical Conditions and Frontline Essential Workers: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4633

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION   
- Updated - Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html
- Updated - Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html
- Updated - If You Have Pets: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html
- Updated - What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/older-adults.html
- CDC Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0329-COVID-19-Vaccines.html
- Updated - People with Certain Medical Conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
- Updated - COVID-19 Questions and Answers: For People Who Use Drugs or Have Substance Use Disorder: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/other-at-risk-populations/people-who-use-drugs/QA.html
- Updated - Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Allergies: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups/allergies.html
- Updated - What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html
- Updated - COVID-19 Vaccines that Require 2 Shots: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/second-shot.html

FEMA
- 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

SCAMS
- FBI and Virginia Department of Health Partner to Warn of Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4639
- People are reporting getting emails and texts asking them to complete a limited-time COVID vaccine survey. In exchange, people are offered a free reward, but asked to play shipping fees. This is a scam. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/03/ignore-bogus-covid-vaccine-survey

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-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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