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.
The Virginia Department of Health has enhanced its public reporting of virus-related outbreaks around the commonwealth.
Area public schools have begun holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics for older students and their family members, said Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District.
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.
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.
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.
Valley Health has announced a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site for first and second doses starting May 12 at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.
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.
More than 44% of the Virginia population has at least one dose of the vaccine, said Dr. Danny Avula, state vaccine coordinator. When looking at only eligible residents, he said that number jumps to about 57%.
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.
The Lord Fairfax Health District on Wednesday added 36 new COVID-19 cases, four hospitalizations and one new death.
Valley Health will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Warren County location on Thursday.
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.
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.
Shenandoah University will be closing its mass vaccination center in May, the school announced on Friday.
A first-dose COVID-19 vaccine drive-through clinic will take place at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.
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.
The Lord Fairfax Health District on Tuesday reported its 400th death attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.