COVID-19 Updates Archive - December 2022
Dec. 27, 2022 Update - 1:30 p.m.
Virginia Department of Health Updates Reporting Schedule for COVID-19 Dashboards and Other Retirements
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continues to streamline information on its COVID-19 data dashboards to better highlight current COVID-19 trends in Virginia and inform action. As of Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, VDH will report weekly to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current reporting frequency. The COVID-19 Cases Summary page was updated to better display trends in Virginia. Access to currently available data will be maintained in the Virginia Open Data Portal.
The COVID-19 Cases Summary dashboard has been updated as follows:
- Created an overview page for the data dashboards that best shows the impact of COVID-19 in Virginia.
- Graphs will replace the numbers currently listed for each metric. Each dashboard and dataset will be linked to more data to further explore the metric.
- Data will be categorized by the trend (indicator) they represent. The categories are:
- Incidence Indicators: understand the current trend of disease.
- Severity Indicators: understand the burden of disease.
- COVID-19 in Virginia: understand community transmission and who is affected
- Vaccination: level of immunity in the community.
- Surveillance of Variants: track changes in the virus that may impact how the disease spreads or responds to treatments and vaccines.
The following dashboards have been retired or moved from the main landing page:
- PCR Percent Positivity: The PCR Percent Positivity dashboard will be retired because this measure no longer captures what is happening in the community. While the testing encounters PCR only results are accurate, it is not fully representative of all testing in Virginia. The associated dataset on the Virginia Open Data Portal will continue to be updated weekly.
- Testing data: Testing data will no longer be available on the COVID-19 Cases Summary dashboard. The associated dataset on the Virginia Open Data Portal will continue to be updated weekly. The Testing dashboard was retired on Oct. 24, 2022.
- Outbreaks: Outbreaks will no longer be available on the COVID-19 Cases Summary dashboard. The Outbreaks dashboard will still be available and updated weekly.
- MIS-C cases and MIS-C deaths: MIS-C cases and deaths will no longer be available on the COVID-19 Cases Summary dashboard. The associated dataset on the Virginia Open Data Portal will continue to be updated weekly. The MIS-C dashboard was retired on Oct. 24, 2022.
The changes are intended to streamline the information that is most helpful in tracking COVID-19 and its impacts on Virginia at this point in the pandemic. View the VDH COVID-19 dashboards.
Dec. 14, 2022 Update - 10:30 a.m.
Virginia Department of Health Announces Availability of Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Pediatric Patients Ages Six Months and Older
Parents of young children in Virginia are now able to seek a free bivalent pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for their children aged six months and older, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Wednesday, Dec. 14, following the recommendation of the vaccines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Dec. 9.
The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine, previously available only to persons aged five years and older, is now available for children aged six months through four years as a third primary series dose. At this time, children aged 6 months through 4 years who received three doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to complete their primary series are not authorized to receive a booster dose of bivalent vaccine. The Moderna bivalent vaccine, previously available for persons aged 6 years and older, is now available for children aged 6 months through 5 years as a booster dose at least 2 months after completion of a Moderna primary series.
Both bivalent vaccines target the original strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that first emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant that emerged in the United States in November 2021.
VDH advises parents to discuss this option with their child’s healthcare provider. Vaccination opportunities may be found at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov. Information about all the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for administration in the U.S. is available at the VDH COVID-19 vaccine VDH COVID-19 vaccine website. The Vaccinate Virginia Call Center is an additional source of information; call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information is available in English, Spanish and more than 100 other languages. TTY users should call 7-1-1.