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Valley Health — parent company of Winchester Medical Center, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and Warren Memorial Hospital — announced Monday that it will require all of its employees, providers and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Nov. 1.

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WOODSTOCK — A few weeks ago at the Woodstock Cafe, Chef Jose Arevalos was the lone cook during the brunch rush, and his partner and cafe co-owner Nikki Grant could see the toll that shift took on him.

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If COVID-19 virus numbers keep declining and vaccination rates keep rising, Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday he will lift mitigation measures, capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements starting June 15.

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In addition to various walk-in vaccine sites hosted by local health departments, CVS Health is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at its pharmacy locations around the country, the company announced Wednesday.

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The Lord Fairfax Health District on Tuesday saw its highest single-day increase in hospitalizations of the pandemic when the Virginia Department of Health added 11 hospitalizations to its COVID-19 dashboard — six in Frederick County, four in Shenandoah County and one in Page County.

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The Lord Fairfax Health District added 75 total new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend as the district -- and the state -- continued the downward trend in reported new cases of the virus that began in mid-April, according to information from the Virginia Department of Health.

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Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced the easing of masking guidelines and the number of people allowed to attend outdoor recreational sporting events based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Valley Health will hold a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Shenandoah University’s James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center.

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The Lord Fairfax Health District reported close to 4,000 new COVID-19 vaccinations over the weekend but as of Friday has also been classified “in surge,” according to the latest Friday update from the University of Virginia’s COVID-19 Model.

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Valley Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday at Shenandoah University in Winchester and hopes to give everyone a chance to attend by offering a link at noon today at its website, valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.

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Positive cases of COVID-19 continued to rise slightly Wednesday in the Lord Fairfax Health District as 78 new cases were added, according to the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.

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COVID-19 cases was down on Sunday in the Lord Fairfax Health District. However, Clarke County reported another death according to the Virginia Department of Health website.

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The Lord Fairfax Health District saw its slow climb of COVID-19 cases continue over the weekend, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health’s online virus dashboard. The district reported 118 new cases and also registered its first virus-associated death in 11 days on Sunday.