COVID-19 roundup: Here’s what you missed this week

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A staff member of WindsorMeade receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (WYDaily/Courtesy of WindsorMeade)
A staff member of WindsorMeade receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (WYDaily/Courtesy of WindsorMeade)

After recent spikes in COVID-19, the Historic Triangle began to see a glimmer of hope in the fight against the pandemic, with front-line workers beginning to receive vaccinations.

At the same time, saying this was “no time to let down our guard,” Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order extending December’s restrictions through the end of February. 

With so much happening so quickly, here is a roundup of other coronavirus-related news.  

VDH launches text messaging service for test result awareness and exposure notification

Starting Thursday, Jan. 28, VDH began sending automatically-triggered text messages to those who receive a positive COVID-19 viral test result in Virginia. The aim is to provide rapid notification and to encourage anyone who has tested positive for to stay home and away from others.

The service provides a link to the COVIDWISE Verification Code Portal, where those who test positive may anonymously submit test results through the free COVIDWISE COVID-19 Exposure Notifications app.

Messaging is also available in Spanish. 

Riverside Health System highlights weekly updates

To help keep patients and communities up to date, Riverside Health System’s website is now sharing a weekly update through its digital vaccine tracker, including:

  • Number of doses ordered 
  • Number of doses received 
  • Number of first doses administered 
  • Number of vaccination appointments scheduled 

Dr. Mike Dacey, president and chief operating officer for Riverside, is also sharing weekly COVID-19 updates on Tuesday evenings via the health system’s social media channels.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, Riverside Health System said it has distributed 93% of its allotted COVID-19 vaccine doses, and expects to use 100% of the remaining supply by the end of the week.

Here are some recent COVID-19 topics you may have missed:

Government restrictions/closures

COVID-19 vaccine updates

The latest numbers for the Peninsula Health District, including the Historic Triangle are below, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard:

Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Screenshot courtesy of VDH)
Here are the latest positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Historic Triangle, information courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health. (WYDaily/ Screenshot courtesy of VDH)

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