COVID-19 Updates Archive - April 2021

  1. April 29 Updates
  2. April 26 Updates
  3. April 22 Updates
  4. April 16 Updates
  5. April 13 Updates
  6. April 9 Updates
  7. April 6 Updates
  8. April 2 Updates
  9. April 1 Updates

April 29, 2021 Update - 4 p.m.

Governor Northam Updates Mask Guidance to Align with CDC Changes
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks outdoors when alone or in small gatherings

Governor Northam has amended Executive Order Seventy-Two to adopt new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on mask use in outdoor settings. The CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks outdoors when alone or in small gatherings. Mask use is still required indoors and outdoors at large crowded events like concerts, sporting events and graduation ceremonies. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

The Governor also revised Executive Order Seventy-Two to allow up to 1,000 spectators for outdoor recreational sports, effective immediately. This change advances by two weeks a change that was scheduled to go into effect on May 15 and will allow additional spectators to participate in final games of the current high school sports season and the summer sports season.

Governor Northam reiterated that the next steps to ease mitigation measures will go into effect on Saturday, May 15 as previously announced. He expects to be able to roll back the remaining capacity limits in mid-June as long as the Commonwealth’s health metrics remain stable and vaccination progress continues.

More than 3.7 million Virginians have been vaccinated with at least one dose, representing 57% of Virginia’s adult population, and 2.5 million Virginians are fully vaccinated, representing 39% of the adult population. Virginians over the age of 16 can schedule a vaccination appointment by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1).

View the full text of Sixth Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine (PDF)

View updated guidelines for specific sectors (PDF).  

View the full text of Seventh Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine (PDF), which takes effect on May 15. 

Visit Forward Virginia webpage for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

View the full news release on the Virginia Governor Newsroom


April 29, 2021 Update - 2:15 p.m.

Chesterfield Recalibrates County-Specific COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard
Data now includes additional age bracket (ages 15-19) in the base goal number to coincide with Phase 2 eligibility

County staff announced during the Wednesday, April 28 Board of Supervisors meeting that the county-specific COVID-19 vaccination dashboard has been recalibrated to include those ages 15-19 in the Community Vaccination Goal now that the state has entered Phase 2.

The recalibration increased the county’s Community Vaccination Goal from 190,000 to 213,000 residents with the addition of the 15-19 age bracket. This update was applied to all localities listed on the dashboard. Additionally, updated University of Virginia Weldon Cooper population statistics are being used—raising the population projection from 349,000 to 352,000. 

It is important to note that, as a result of adding an additional age bracket, the daily Community Vaccination Goal progress dial did decrease slightly as Chesterfield has a slightly higher younger population. However, that number is expected to return to where it was before the calibration soon. Additionally, Chesterfield has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents among localities with populations over 200,000.

From the beginning, the goal of the vaccine dashboard has been to provide county-specific vaccination data in a way that residents can understand. As new data is presented, the dashboard will continue to be updated accordingly. For example, Weldon Cooper recently published updated population data as noted above and that updated data was used in this recalibration of the Community Vaccination Goal. The Weldon Cooper data is used as the base dataset for all localities in the dashboard.

The Chesterfield COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard uses data pulled directly from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) daily and integrates the Weldon Cooper Center population estimates for Chesterfield and other localities in Virginia. The goal of the dashboard is to provide an interactive snapshot of the progress of vaccine distribution in the county and the number of residents who have been vaccinated. It also allows a side-by-side comparison between Chesterfield and other localities in the vaccination effort. 

View the full news release.