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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Feb. 22 4 p.m. - COVID-19 Update

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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., Feb. 22
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 8.3%
Peninsula Health District: 12.2%
James City County: 9.8%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 565,270 (increase of 5,340 since Friday)
Hospitalizations: 23,530 (increase of 161 since Friday)
Deaths: 7,486 (increase of 388 since Friday)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 3,806 (increase of 56 since Friday)
Hospitalizations: 124 (increase of 3 since Friday)
Deaths: 45 (no change)

VACCINATIONS
Statewide
Vaccine doses administered: 1,602,502 (increase of 89,129 since Friday)
People fully vaccinated: 481,287 (increase of 60,713 since Friday)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 26,386 (increase of 2,456 since Friday)
People fully vaccinated: 4,465 (increase of 1,478 since Friday)


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 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  

COUNTY NEWS
You may be eligible for rental assistance through the 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?
Call 757-259-5340 or email housing@jamescitycountyva.gov for more information.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION 

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo9CbXNvNRw&list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J

CDC 's new COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review helps you stay up-to-date on the pandemic and understand the data. The weekly report combines visualizations, analysis, and interpretations of key data and trends. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html


PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION 

COUNTY NEWS 
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   
First Case of B.1.351 COVID-19 Variant Identified in Southwest Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4541

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

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

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   
Data from first month of COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring are reassuring about safety of the vaccines. Most reports of adverse events were non-serious. Common symptoms reported after vaccination included pain, fatigue, headache, & muscle pain/body ache. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7008e3.htm?s_cid=mm7008e3_w

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.

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 

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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