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Posted on: February 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Feb. 25 4 p.m. – COVID-19 Update

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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., Feb. 25
Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR Only
State: 8.0%
Peninsula Health District: 12.2%
James City County: 8.9%

Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 570,982 (increase of 2,036 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 23,871 (increase of 73 over previous day)
Deaths: 7,963 (increase of 156 over previous day)

James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths 
Cases: 3,828 (increase of 9 over previous day)
Hospitalizations: 124 (no change)
Deaths: 49 (increase of 1 over previous day)

VACCINATIONS
Statewide
Vaccine doses administered: 1,709,828 (increase of 42,475 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 543,394 (increase of 26,739 over previous day)

James City County 
Vaccine doses administered: 27,483 (increase of 545 over previous day)
People fully vaccinated: 6,802 (increase of 281 over previous day)


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/

FEDERAL RETAIL PHARMACY PROGRAM
 
- We understand that additional pharmacies in our area have received COVID-19 vaccine doses through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Please continue to reach out to your health care providers and pharmacies in addition to pre-registering on the website https://vaccinate.virginia.gov. For more information about the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/index.html.

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 ON COVID-19 
URGENT INFORMATION ON GREATER WILLIAMSBURG CLINIC APPOINTMENTS
Please do not share vaccination appointment emails and texts with others.

The link sent by the Virginia Department of Health to schedule a vaccine appointment for Friday, Feb. 26 at the Greater Williamsburg Clinic in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center has been widely shared.

As a result, hundreds of people scheduled appointments for their FIRST dose and will be turned away tomorrow morning. Only second doses are being administered at the clinic on Friday.

If you scheduled your appointment through a forwarded or publicly posted link, your appointment is not legitimate, it will be canceled, and you will be turned away if you come to the clinic. If you have questions about the validity of your appointment, call the Greater Williamsburg Clinic’s information line at 877-724-1954.

We understand that this will be frustrating for those of you who signed up for a Friday appointment, many not realizing that you were doing so through an illegitimate process.

When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, you will receive a direct email or text message with a link that is meant for you only. It is incredibly important that we stick to our process so that we can ensure a safe and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-register with the Virginia Department of Health at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

WANNER STADIUM UPDATE FOR FOOTBALL GAMES
In order to ensure the safety of all park visitors, and to comply with current COVID-19 guidelines, James City County Parks & Recreation will enforce the following guidelines during the Warhill-Bruton and Jamestown-New Kent high school football games on Feb. 25 & 26 at Wanner Stadium:

-- In accordance with WJCC Schools' guidance, spectators will not be permitted at the games.

-- Park visitors will not be permitted to watch the games from the stadium fence.

-- Tailgating, congregating, or any public gatherings of more than 10 people will not be permitted on park grounds, per the Governor’s Executive Order 72.

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 
First Case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Identified in the Central Region of Virginia: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4564

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Updated - Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html


COUNTY NEWS ON COVID-19
- County Administrator Scott Stevens provided a vaccination update to the Board of Supervisors during their Feb. 23 business meeting: https://play.champds.com/jamescitycova/event/139/s/2696
- 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, Feb. 24, 2021: https://youtu.be/DGMUMBUZ3YQ
- Governor Northam Increases Capacity Limits for Outdoor Sports and Entertainment Venues as COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Infection Rates Continue to Fall, Vaccinations Rise: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4559
- Executive Order 72, Amended Feb. 24, 2021: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-72-THIRD-AMENDED-and-Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Nine-Easing-of-Commonsense-Surge-Restrictions-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf
- Governor Northam Unveils Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4533

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  
- Additional Pharmacy Networks Added to Federal Partnership to Provide No-Cost COVID-19 Vaccines: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4560
- VDH has started a Community Ambassador program to share COVID-19 updates and materials from top experts and sources. For more information, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGoe2wnqslieI6KTFLXbY-0rwmK9G4rUlY27LkwFIEwvDqvQ/viewform 

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 
- Updated – What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html
- 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
- 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

SCAMS
- 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
- INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/combattingfraud
- INFORMATION FROM THE FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/coronavirus

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 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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