As if fighting the COVID pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, hospitals are now facing a critical shortage of blood.
As COVID-19 cases keep rising around the community, the increase in hospitalized patients is taking a toll on the region’s health care system.
New COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed around the Lord Fairfax Health District in the last week, with the area reporting a pandemic high of 638 new cases on Friday.
The Lord Fairfax Health District on Wednesday reported its biggest spike of COVID-19 cases in nearly 11 months.
The omicron variant now most likely makes up most of the of new COVID-19 cases in the United States and the northern Shenandoah Valley, according to local health experts.
The successful Apple Blossom Mall location of Valley Health’s COVID-19 vaccination effort has contributed to a 63% vaccination rate among the health district’s Spanish-speaking community.
Between a quarter to a half of Northern Shenandoah Valley residents age 5 and older has not received even one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The omicron variant of COVID-19 has been reported in the Virginia Department of Health’s Northwest Region, the department announced late on Thursday.
Local libraries are distributing free rapid COVID-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kits.
Valley Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Apple Blossom Mall will be closing after Dec. 11, the health-care system announced this week.
The Virginia Department of Health is cautioning residents this week to continue practicing virus mitigation efforts following reports of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in southern Africa, Europe, Brazil and Japan.
Hospitalizations and deaths attributed to COVID-19 were still on the rise locally on Friday as Virginia announced its first child death from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.
A new color-based visitation system will inform hospital visitors of the rules for visiting loved ones at a Valley Health hospital during high-risk times such as the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season.
FRONT ROYAL – Samuels Public Library has joined 18 other libraries and library systems statewide by offering free, at-home COVID-19 tests through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), according to a news release from the library.
The Lord Fairfax Health District is working with Rose Hill Health and Rehab in Berryville after 50 residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 cases as of Friday.
Valley Health lost a lot of money and a few employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, but thanks to dedicated staff it will able to tackle any upcoming challenges, the healthcare system’s president said Tuesday during the fall corporate meeting.
COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 have been approved, and the Virginia Department of Health has announced the distribution of enough statewide doses for more than half the population in that age range.
As booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines become available, Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene says Virginia appears to be past the peak of the recent outbreak.
Two recent changes to the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard will offer updates to cases among children as well as data on booster shots.
Reports of COVID-19 case numbers and deaths continued to rise around the region this week, and vaccination remains the health community’s best recommendation for preventing serious illness.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region, retired nurse Diane Stadmeyer said she felt called to help.
FRONT ROYAL — The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and has altered some operations.
COVID-19 booster shots are now available locally to select individuals who received their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
Local health professionals are pleading with the community to do whatever they can to stay healthy this fall and winter as COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm local hospitals and other medical facilities.
Health-care staff and critical care facilities around the region have reached their limit.
Deaths and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 spiked around the Lord Fairfax Health District on Tuesday as cases of the delta variant continued to climb around the region and the country.
About 97% of all Valley Health employees have either received the COVID-19 vaccine by the health system’s Sept. 7 deadline or have received an approved exemption, Valley Health said Monday.
Much of society has returned to its normal activities, and many people might think that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Virginia health officials are shooting for a Sept. 20 deadline to get approval on COVID-19 booster shots for the general public.
With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Warren County will reinstate mask requirements for government employees.
Three days into the new school year, Warren County Public Schools is reporting that several students have COVID-19, while some parents continue to protest the state’s mask mandate.
Virginia health officials were preparing Tuesday for plans to administer booster shots of the COVID-19 if and when they receive federal approval.
NEW MARKET — The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority disbursed just over $450,000 of COVID-19 relief grant funds to 30 county businesses in 2021.
As new cases of COVID-19 and its delta variant continued to climb in Virginia this week, State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver announced a new school mask mandate on Thursday, prompting school and government officials to urge community safety.
Children ages 5 to 11 could start getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as September, and a third dose could also be recommended for people 12 and older later this year, Dr. Danny Avula, vaccine coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health, said in a Tuesday teleconference.
Warren County Public Schools will require that all students and staff wear masks indoors.
Valley Health would not receive more money based on the number of its employees vaccinated from COVID-19, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
New daily cases around Virginia and the Lord Fairfax Health District reached a summertime high on Friday.
By Alex Bridges
The Virginia Department of Health is reviewing whether residents in areas experiencing substantial and high transmission rates of the novel coronavirus should consider wearing masks indoors — even if they are fully vaccinated.
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.
As the region continues to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can expect to see Health Department officials this summer at large events, such as the county fairs.
Deacon Maddox has worked for over a year on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations through Operation Warp Speed.
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.
The Shenandoah County Industrial Authority approved two more businesses for COVID-19 relief money for a total of $21,000 at its meeting Tuesday morning.
Health providers in Virginia can, with approval from the Virginia Department of Health, begin vaccinating people ages 12-15 against the novel coronavirus and its variants.
Lord Fairfax Community College held its final COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, fully vaccinating another 700 patients.
Children ages 12 to 15 are one step closer to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Monday news release from Virginia Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula.