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Posted on: March 29, 2021

March 29, 4 p.m. COVID-19 Update

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Our next 4 p.m. update will be released on Thursday, April 1. We will continue to send urgent information as needed. 

BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., March 29
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 5.8%
Peninsula Health District: 7.7%
James City County: 5.7%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 616,509 (increase of 6,246 since Thursday, March 25)
Hospitalizations: 26,280 (increase of 193 since Thursday, March 25)
Deaths: 10,219 (increase of 72 since Thursday, March 25)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 4,250 (increase of 89 since Thursday, March 25)
Hospitalizations: 137 (no change)
Deaths: 69 (no change)

VACCINATIONS
Statewide
Vaccine doses administered: 3,590,553 (increase of 307,786 since Thursday, March 25)
People fully vaccinated: 1,278,643 (increase of 94,726 since Thursday, March 25)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 46,536 (increase of 3,367 since Thursday, March 25)
People fully vaccinated: 17,481 (increase of 1,035 since Thursday, March 25)

LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19
 

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
Have questions about variants? Visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/variants/ to learn:

  • What are variants?
  • Why some variants are concerning
  • The current variants of concern
  • Why you should care about variants
  • What we are doing in response to these variants
  • How you can protect yourself and others

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
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


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/

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/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 
- Virginia COVID-19 Briefing, March 23, 2021: https://youtu.be/2NELZ-uoKWs
- Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4657

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 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
- Updated - COVID-19 and Animals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html
- Updated - Test for Current Infection: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/diagnostic-testing.html
- Updated - Holiday Tips: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/winter.html
- 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

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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