Your Peninsulas EMS Council remains committed to serving our EMS Agencies and other partners even in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.  Today we are launching a new section on our website that concentrates on providing you news regarding the coronavirus as well as providing you with links to the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control's EMS Guidance, and the Virginia Office of EMS.  We encourage you to visit these links often as they will provide you current information on the Coronavirus.  Please click on the COVID-19 in the ribbon to see our new web features.

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CDC Update on Isolation and Quarantine - January 4, 2022

CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.These recommendations do not apply to healthcare personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal, of territorial laws, rules, and regulations. 

People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. 

Recommendations for people who are exposed to COVID-19 are also updated. If you are unvaccinated or more than 6 months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and you are not yet boosted, CDC recommends a quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. 

People who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Delta Variant: What You Need to Know

In December 2020, a new variant of COVID-19 was detected in India and is now the most dominant variant in the United States. With the rapid spread of this newest variant throughout the U.S., coronavirus cases are spiking in parts of the country, especially in communities with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.
In December 2020, a new variant of COVID-19 was detected in India and is now the most dominant variant in the United States. With the rapid spread of this newest variant throughout the U.S., coronavirus cases are spiking in parts of the country, especially in communities with low COVID-19 vaccination rates.
The discovery has prompted questions and concerns about this new mutation. How contagious is the Delta variant? What are the symptoms, and how effective are the vaccines against the new strain?
We invite you to view the video below, produced by Riverside Health System as Cindy Williams, Chief Pharmacy Officer, for Riverside answers these questions and more.
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CDC Quick Reference Guide for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has provided a Quick Reference Guide for healthcare professionals for the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Click Here to download the guide pictured below.

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Virginia Department of Health Announces New Pandemic Metrics Dashboard
Data Offers New Information to Help Localities Determine Mitigation Measures

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) launched a new Pandemic Metrics Dashboard, which shows a visualization of COVID-19 community transmission by region. Updated weekly, this dashboard will show: data trends for COVID-19 in specific communities; where the COVID-19 virus is spreading; and assist local and state governments in determining additional mitigation measures.

“Communities across the Commonwealth are facing different challenges as we all continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Virginia State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “This pandemic dashboard provides data for communities to individualize and tailor response efforts to local needs. A community where cases are surging and hospital beds are filling up, for example, will require different response efforts from those in a community where cases are declining and hospital occupancy is low.”

CDC School Metrics tab will also be available within the dashboard. This tab uses metrics described by the CDC to guide decisions by school officials, taking into consideration the school’s ability to implement and adhere to key mitigation strategies to decrease transmission of COVID-19. VDH recommends local government and school officials work with local health districts to evaluate epidemiologic and other data to assess the extent of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) transmission within their region, its effect on the Commonwealth, and the ability of the healthcare system to function.  These data should then be interpreted within the context of the local jurisdiction.  VDH recommends that decisions to alter K-12 school programming, including decisions about in-person instruction, school dismissals or closures be handled at the most local level possible, considering both regional and local epidemiology, community characteristics, and local capacity.

“On behalf of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, I thank the Virginia Department of Health for making this dashboard available as a resource to inform local decision making to help schools navigate how and when to consider in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said.

The education setting outbreaks dashboard will include aggregate outbreak data that breaks out the current “Educational” category of outbreaks for K-12, childcare and higher education setting sub-categories.

These dashboards will help communities measure the extent to which the COVID-19 virus is spreading in their localities and guide possible responses to mitigate that spread. However, each community is unique and appropriate mitigation strategies should consider the impact to the community and be based on the best available data. Decisions will vary on how and when to increase community mitigation and the following information is intended to guide decisions.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit and

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