This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 483,326 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 6,174 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.
The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 12.5%.
Norfolk is credited with 12,268 total cases and 136 deaths with an 17.8% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.
According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 2,847 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 37,527 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.
VDH reports that 497,581 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 71,000 people have been fully vaccinated.
The Commonwealth has received 1,156,500 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 24,000 doses a day.
To date in Norfolk, 7,654 people have received the vaccine and 1,390 people are fully vaccinated.
For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.
On Monday, January 25, 2021, the Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) announced that they had expanded COVID-19 vaccination clinics to those who are eligible in Phase 1b.
Virginia’s Phase 1b is defined as the vaccination of Frontline Essential Workers, people aged 65 years and older, people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps, and people aged 16 through 64 years with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
To support the health department’s efforts, the City has established two ways Norfolk residents can preregister for the vaccine. You can preregister online at www.norfolk.gov/covid19vaccine, or if you are unable to preregister online, you can also call 664-SHOT (7468) Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note that if you are in 1a or 1b, you are highly encouraged to use the online form due to long call wait times.
Preregistration does not schedule you for a COVID vaccine appointment.
This preregistration process will add you to a waitlist within the specific phase in which you are eligible.
Due to limited vaccine availability, it could take up to 4 to 8 weeks before you are notified to schedule your appointment. When you schedule your appointment, make sure you bring the appointment QR code, or confirmation email, and a form of identification such as a driver’s license and will be asked to show proof of qualification, such as a work ID, to verify eligibility.
Remember, these appointments are set for a specific time; so, do not get to the clinic too early, or too late.
As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s restrictive protective measures due to the surges of COVID-19 in Virginia are still in effect. The restrictions started Monday, December 14, at 12:01 a.m., and will last through January.
For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.
Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities for January in Norfolk. If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.
Be safe and have a great week, everyone.
Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response