Our next 4 p.m. update will be released on Thursday, May 13. We will continue to send urgent information as needed.
Vaccine Appointments Available May 14!
The Greater Williamsburg Clinic, operating out of the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, has available appointment slots on Friday, May 7 and May 14 for ANYONE who is 18 or older. Appointments can be made for first or second doses, disregard the heading on the link: https://vaccineappointments.virginia.gov/reg/0515962093, Need help scheduling your appointment? Call 877-724-1954.
BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., May 10
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
Peninsula Health District: 5.1%
James City County: 2.9%
Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths
Cases: 666,986 (increase of 2,592 since Thursday, May 6)
Hospitalizations: 28,911 (increase of 140 since Thursday, May 6)
Deaths: 10,902 (increase of 41 since Thursday, May 6)
James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths
Cases: 4,589 (increase of 14 since Thursday, May 6)
Hospitalizations: 149 (increase of 2 since Thursday, May 6))
Deaths: 72 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 6,722,434 (increase of 173,294 since Thursday, May 6)
People fully vaccinated: 2,955,864 (increase of 115,229 since Thursday, May 6)
James City County
Vaccine doses administered: 75,001 (increase of 1,852 since Thursday, May 6)
People fully vaccinated: 33,688 (increase of 1,532 since Thursday, May 6)
LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19
VACCINATE VIRGINIA – MAY 9 UPDATE
Everyone in Virginia age 16 or older is eligible to be vaccinated. Pre-registration is no longer required for Phase 1 or Phase 2, and many clinics offer walk-in service in addition to scheduled appointments. Everyone should continue to visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-in-VA, and the website now includes a simple address search to help everyone find the most convenient ways to get vaccinated.
Governor Northam has expressed support for President Biden’s goal that at least 70% of adults in America receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. More than 60% of adults in Virginia -- more than 4 million people -- have already received their first dose, with more than 6.7 million doses of vaccine administered so far in Virginia.
Sixth Amended Executive Order 72 is currently in effect, and Seventh Amended Executive Order 72 will further relax mitigation requirements on May 15. Governor Northam plans to remove the remaining mitigation requirements on June 15, if case rates continue to fall and vaccinations continue to increase. Mask requirements will be evaluated separately. The CDC updated its guidance on April 28 about what people can do when they are fully vaccinated (which occurs two weeks after their final vaccine dose). The new guidance no longer calls for people who are fully vaccinated to wear masks outdoors unless they are in crowded settings. Governor Northam amended Executive Order 72 on April 29 to align the mask requirements with the CDC guidance.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a vaccine confidence campaign entitled “We Can Do This.” Public education shareables and other materials are available to partners to help promote public confidence.
With ample supply available statewide, it is no longer necessary for a patient to receive their second doses of a two-dose vaccine from the same provider that administered the first dose, as long as both doses are of the same vaccine brand. Anyone who received a first dose and does not yet have an appointment for the second dose should visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-in-VA to make an appointment at any clinic offering the same brand, and should bring their first dose vaccination record with them to the second dose clinic. The two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should be given 21 days apart, and the two doses of Moderna vaccine 28 days apart. If that is not possible, the second dose for each vaccine may be scheduled up to 42 days after the first dose.
On April 9, Pfizer-BioNTech requested an expansion of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization to include adolescents aged 12 to 15, based on data from a clinical trial of 2,260 adolescents that showed that the vaccine was safe and effective in this age group. The FDA is expected to concur in the very near future, which would be followed by a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and then concurrence by the CDC director. Until that happens, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should only be used for people aged 16 or older. Virginia has been planning for expansion of vaccine availability to adolescents by working with local health districts, school districts, pediatricians and other providers, and other partners.
Beginning in mid-May, Virginia will offer vendor-operated mobile vaccination units capable of vaccinating up to 250 per day, to support local health department efforts across the state. These units will be used primarily in rural, underserved areas to help fill access gaps, and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Site selection will be based on data-driven requests by local health districts. Mobile units will be ADA-accessible and offer language services, and will complement existing mobile capabilities currently in use by local health districts and the Virginia National Guard.
FEMA FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SCAMS
If you are applying for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program, beware of common scams.
- FEMA representatives always have official I.D. and will never charge you a fee or ask for any payment.
- Do not give out your social security number or banking information unless you are registering with a verified FEMA representative. You will be asked to provide this information only when first registering with FEMA.
- If you are a victim of fraud, report it to our Disaster Fraud Hotline: 1-866-720-5721.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Post-COVID conditions are symptoms that last weeks or months after having COVID-19. Long-term symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, headache, and loss of smell or taste can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19. If you think you have a post-COVID condition, talk to your healthcare provider about options for treatment or management. Many patients with these symptoms are getting better with time. Learn more about post-COVID conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects.html
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION
It’s time to get back to the people you love. Get fully vaccinated. Same day appointments and walk-ins are available in our community. Please do not continue to wait for a phone call or an email letting you know that it is your turn. You do not need to go to the same location for the second dose, you just need to have the same vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer).
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put CARES Act in the subject heading. For those that have applied please monitor your account.
JCC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- The application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now open. https://restaurants.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login. As a reminder, during the first 21 days of the program, the Small Business Administration will fund applications from the following groups: women, veterans, socially and economically disadvantaged. You may view a recorded webinar about how to apply on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=fxi3EcB_BZ4&feature=youtu.be. More information is available online: https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4750.
- Virginia 30 Day Fund Update: We have funded more than 125 businesses. We encourage businesses to review the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund to assist with obstacles they have faced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Funding is still available.See if you qualify: https://va30dayfund.com.
- Virginia COVID-19 Briefing, May 6, 2021: https://youtu.be/pJdY2OBZlAE
- FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths in Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4699
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
- Updated – Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/essentialworker.html
- Updated – Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Updated - Returning to Work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/returning-to-work.html
- Updated – Support for Teens and Young Adults: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/young-adults.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
- 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
- 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
- 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): 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