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Posted on: January 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Jan. 29 4 p.m. – COVID-19 Update

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As a reminder, our next 4 p.m. update will be on Monday, Feb. 1.

BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., Jan. 29
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 12.2%
Peninsula Health District: 16.3%
James City County: 11.4%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 497,912 (increase of 4,238 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 21,241 (increase of 128 over previous day)
Deaths: 6,379 (increase of 71 over previous day)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 3,413 (increase of 47 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 113 (increase of 1 over previous day)
Deaths: 38 (increase of 1 over previous day)

Vaccine doses administered: 697,914
People fully vaccinated: 98,485

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 7,966
People fully vaccinated: 995


Scott Stevens, County Administrator for James City County, is our guest on the podcast this week. We talk about Board of Supervisors meetings and the COVID-19 vaccinations (starts at 14:40).

The Hampton/Peninsula Health Districts are currently vaccinating members of Phase 1a-health care workers, phase 1b 65+, essential workers, 16-64 with healthcare conditions, and people living in congregate settings. Please understand current vaccine demand far exceeds current vaccine supply. Once you have registered, you will be contacted by phone or email to schedule your appointment. It may be at least 4-5 weeks before you are scheduled. We encourage you to check with your primary care physician and/or your pharmacist to see if they can vaccinate you more quickly.

Surveys: HPHD surveys are NOT scheduling you for a vaccine. These surveys are the first step in getting a vaccine. These surveys are to capture your information and HPHD will contact you when it’s time to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, by sending an email with an appointment link. Due to this, an email is required for registration and scheduling. These surveys will send you a confirmation email once complete. Please check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox. THIS IS THE ONLY CONFIRMATION YOU WILL RECEIVE.

2nd Dose Appointments: Individuals who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at PHD from 1/4-1/11 will return exactly 28 days from their 1st dose, at their same appointment time. Individuals who received their first dose vaccine 1/13-present will receive an email with a link to schedule their second dose. The link will be for exactly 28 days from your 1st dose, but you will schedule the appointment time. For anyone who needs to reschedule their 2nd dose appointments, you will be placed on a waitlist.

If you are 65+ please fill out the phase 1b intake form. The Health Peninsula Health Department is currently only scheduling 75+:

If you are 16-64 with underlying medical conditions, please register at the link below:

If you are a frontline essential worker, please register at the link below:

If you are a health care provider, please register at the link below:


Chief Ashe Provides an Update During the Jan. 26 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting: 

City of Williamsburg, James City County Open Phone Line for Vaccination Questions: 

James City County and the City of Williamsburg have launched a Frequently Asked Questions page that provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. This page will be kept updated with the latest information on the vaccination distribution for the Williamsburg and James City County community.

Joint Message from Peninsula County Administrators and City Managers on Vaccination Clinics:

WJCC Staff Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine:

Jan. 18 Joint Message from Peninsula County Administrators and City Managers on Vaccine Availability:

VACCINATE VIRGINIA UPDATE FROM DR. DANNY AVULA, VDH Vaccine Coordinator and Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Department January 28, 2021

All states rely on the federal government to distribute vaccine doses. Based on our population, Virginia is currently receiving approximately 105,000 new doses per week toward our goal of achieving herd immunity. The pace of incoming doses may not significantly increase for months, although President Biden has announced plans to increase distribution by 16% in the near future.

The Virginia Vaccine Summary Dashboard has been updated to provide greater transparency and clarity, and now shows that the majority of first doses available to the Commonwealth have been administered. This results from identifying doses that can be redistributed and administered quickly; reducing the backlog of data entry from vaccine providers; and clarifying the status of doses sent to CVS and Walgreens as part of the federal program to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities. 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 redistributed to other partners such as physicians and pharmacies. About half of the doses that have been received but not administered are second doses that will be administered three or four weeks after the corresponding first doses.

Virginia’s primary distribution of doses is allocated by the Virginia Department of Health to local health districts, in proportion to each district’s population. Local health districts are expected to determine the most equitable and efficient use of each allocation, leveraging any combination of their own staff and volunteers, hospitals, pharmacies, and individual providers. Additional doses reach some residents of Virginia through separate federal allocations for employees of the U.S. Department of Defense and certain other agencies; the Indian Health Service; and a federal contract with CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities.

All local health districts in Virginia have moved into Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility. This means that approximately 50% of Virginia’s population is now eligible, including frontline essential workers, people aged 65 years and older, people with high-risk medical conditions identified by the CDC, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps. Other than the healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities in Phase 1a, the Virginians in Phase 1b are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 or serious illness if infected.

While local health districts are allowed flexibility in how doses are administered to eligible individuals, roughly half of the available supply should be used for people aged 65 or older. The other half should be used for frontline essential workers, people with high-risk medical conditions as identified by the CDC; and people in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and migrant labor camps. Frontline essential workers should be prioritized in the order listed in the Phase 1b details.

There are simply not enough doses available yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia is not likely to meet the demand for Phase 1b until March or April.

Anyone eligible for Phase 1a or 1b based on occupation should check with their employer to see if arrangements have already been made, and should otherwise register with the local health department in the locality where they work. Anyone eligible based on age or medical condition should register with the local health department in the locality where they live. Virginia has confirmed that the District of Columbia and Maryland are following the same approach.

Assistance in English, Spanish, and other languages is also available through the VDH Call Center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). The Commonwealth is investing in a significant expansion of call center capacity in the coming weeks, and is working with local health districts to ensure information and registration is available on their websites and by phone.

Unfortunately, it may be weeks or longer before vaccination appointments become available for those who have registered. 

Anyone who receives a first dose of vaccine will receive the second dose three or four weeks later as appropriate. Vaccine providers should not hold back their current supply for second doses; they will receive second doses in proportion to the first doses they administer.

Governor Northam has extended Executive Order 72 through February 28, which maintains the 10-person limit on social gatherings, the requirement to wear masks in public places, guidelines for businesses, and other provisions.

Virginia COVID-19 Briefing Jan. 27, 2021:

Virginia Enacts First-in-the-Nation Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Standards Amid Pandemic:


VDH Launches Text Messaging Service To Streamline Positive Test Result Awareness and Exposure Notifications:

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Virginia Department of Health partnered together to provide you information in American Sign Language (ASL) on responses to questions about vaccines.  This information is current as of Jan. 21. Vaccination information can change rapidly. It is important to check the VDDHH COVID-19 Resources webpage ( the VDH vaccine information webpage ( often.

FAQs on How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine: 

First Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Identified in Virginia: 

Monitor the Districts’ progress through the Phases:

Identify your category:

Peninsula Health District’s vaccine info:

Learn about the vaccine:

Peninsula Health District Vaccine Hotline:  757-594-7496

Did you know you can use CDC’s COVID Data Tracker to see the number of predicted COVID-19 cases and deaths for your area? Use data to help make decisions to protect yourself, your family, and your community. See the COVID Data Tracker Forecasting tool:

Who should get tested for COVID-19? 

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19  
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings, and
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or the health department.
  • If you have symptoms, use Virginia’s COVIDCHECK to help make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care. Call 9-1-1 or seek emergency medical care immediately if you are having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

 Testing Site Map:

 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 for more information.

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):, Phone: 1-877-ASK-VDH3
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- FEMA Rumor Control:

Media Contact:
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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