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BY THE NUMBERS as of 10 a.m., March 9Current 7-Day Positivity Rate PCR OnlyState: 5.8% Peninsula Health District: 8.9% James City County: 5.0% Statewide Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Cases: 588,129 (increase of 1,537 over previous day)Hospitalizations: 24,841 (increase of 136 over previous day)Deaths: 9,790 (increase of 107 over previous day) James City County Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Cases: 3,950 (increase of 8 over previous day)Hospitalizations: 133 (increase of 2 over previous day)Deaths: 67 (increase of 2 over previous day) VACCINATIONS StatewideVaccine doses administered: 2,369,608 (increase of 63,357 over previous day)People fully vaccinated: 850,774 (increase of 26,887 over previous day) James City County Vaccine doses administered: 33,649 (increase of 642 over previous day)People fully vaccinated: 12,319 (increase of 363 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-1LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 Vaccine appointment emails are being sent throughout the week to those in 1a and 1b. Please reach out to your friends and loved ones and make sure they are checking their emails and answering their phones.FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICEGovernor’s March 9 Coronavirus Update: https://youtu.be/9vfRYj2ihS0CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION- Updated - Why CDC Measures Vaccine Effectiveness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/why-measure-effectiveness.html- Updated - COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlPREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION COUNTY NEWS ON COVID-19 - 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.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=4533VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - Virginia Department of Health Confirms First Age 0 – 9 Fatality with COVID-19: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4595- Virginia to Begin Offering New, One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Following Federal Approval: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4572- Additional Pharmacy Networks Added to Federal Partnership to Provide No-Cost COVID-19 Vaccines: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4560CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0308-vaccinated-guidelines.html- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html- Updated - COVID-19 Vaccines for People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups/high-risk.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 Vaccine Information for Specific Groups: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups.htmlFEMA- 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-controlSCAMS- INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSIONYou 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/coronavirusTESTING - 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 1-800-787-3224COVID 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 Officer757-253-6605; email@example.com