This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 626,171 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10,360 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.
The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 6.4%.
Norfolk is credited with 16,351 total cases and 236 deaths with an 10.8% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.
According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,028 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 52,010 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.
VDH reports that 4,224,890 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 1,543,715 people have been fully vaccinated.
The Commonwealth has received 4,448,365 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 77,875 doses a day.
To date in Norfolk, 75,231 people have received the vaccine and 25,752 people are fully vaccinated.
For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.
Norfolk Department of Public Health Expanded COVID-19 Vaccination to Phase 2. Over this past weekend, the Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) expanded COVID-19 vaccination clinics to Phase 2, which is for all Norfolk residents ages 16 and up.
This morning we sent out an alert to notify Norfolk residents that we have officially moved into Phase 2. This was done to ensure everyone, 16 and older, knows that the opportunity is now available for them to get a shot if they want one.
NDPH will continue to vaccinate anyone in Phase 1 (such as health care workers, first responders, those ages 65 and older, persons 16-64 with chronic medical conditions, K-12 faculty/staff, and childcare providers) who registers to receive it. An overlap of vaccine phases will occur to ensure people in each phase are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Everyone interested in receiving a vaccination should preregister at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Remember, you WILL NOT be asked to provide your social security number, insurance ID, or pay to receive the vaccine.
After you have registered, be sure to check your email daily if you preregistered using an email address. All appointment emails will come from Vaccination Clinics: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have preregistered using a phone number, be sure to answer and respond to the call. If you miss a call from VDH, you will be contacted again to schedule your vaccine appointment.
When you receive your appointment for a vaccine, please follow these guidelines at the clinic site:
- Appointments are required at all locations for COVID-19 vaccines. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
- Plan to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Too many people arriving too early could lead to backups or delays.
- Wear a facemask and wear “vaccine ready” clothing (easy access to your upper arm).
If you have preregistered and are awaiting an appointment, please remember it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others by covering your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household.
You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.
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 in Norfolk. If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.
Lastly, it looks like we are going to see some above average temperatures this week, with highs in the low 70s; however, we might see some rain by the end of the week.
Be safe and have a great week, everyone.
Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response