Valley Health will begin offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to some individuals in the Virginia Department of Health’s Tier 1b population starting Wednesday.
Though the 1b priority category covers over a million Virginians, this round of vaccinations will specifically cater to people 75 and older, police, and K-12 teachers and staff at several locations in the region, Valley Health announced on Friday afternoon.
Starting next week, Valley Health will be opening four vaccination PODs (Points of Distribution) in the Lord Fairfax Health District — Winchester, Woodstock, Front Royal and Luray.
In Winchester, vaccinations will take place at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center in collaboration with Shenandoah University, a Friday news release explains.
Other PODs will be at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock and Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal. A drive-through clinic will be at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.
A vaccination “pilot day” will take place at Shenandoah University on Tuesday for a small group of individuals before the clinic officially starts Wednesday morning.
A statewide vaccination registration system is expected to be available on Monday, the release states.
“At that point, specific dates, times, locations and registration information will be available for eligible Tier 1b individuals,” the release says. “The registration process will allow individuals to reserve a time slot for their vaccination at all Valley Health sites. More information will be available at www.valleyhealthlink.com once the PODs are operational.”
The Virginia Department of Health on Friday reported that 148,909 people have received at least one vaccine dose and that 6,848 people are fully vaccinated, an increase of 2,957 from Thursday. Friday brought 3,164 new doses administered statewide.
Locally, Frederick County has recorded 1,365 vaccinations, Winchester 1,702, Clarke County 350, Warren County 565, Shenandoah County 773 and Page County 246.
Virginia ended the week with its third consecutive day of more than 5,000 daily new cases, adding another 5,238 cases on Friday along with 128 hospitalizations and 37 deaths.
The commonwealth now has 387,917 cases, 18,918 hospitalizations and 5,312 deaths. Of those, 66,745 cases, 684 hospitalizations and 631 deaths are probable.
Virginia’s seven-day average for daily new cases is 4,736, up from 4,728 on Thursday. Its seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests is 16.7%, a decrease of 0.1%. The VDH has reported 4,500,002 statewide PCR testing encounters.
Locally, the Lord Fairfax Health District added 129 cases and one hospitalization.
Its seven-day average for daily new cases is 169, down from 178 on Thursday, and its positivity rate for PCR tests is 15.6%, an increase of 0.4%. The district has reported 130,395 PCR testing encounters.
The district now has 11,703 cases, 543 hospitalizations and 198 deaths.
Virginia saw 28 new outbreaks Friday and the health district added two, one in a K-12 setting and one in a health-care setting.
The VDH at its website lists outbreaks at selected facilities that include nursing homes, long-term care facilities, K-12 settings and medical facilities reporting outbreak-associated COVID-19 cases and deaths. The site, tinyurl.com/ya8y8vs2, updates cases on Fridays.
The following are reporting outbreaks in progress:
Fox Trail Senior Living in Stephens City — reported Dec. 28 with 13 cases and no deaths.
Green Valley Commons in Frederick County — reported Dec. 28 with five cases and no deaths.
Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Frederick County — reported Oct. 29 with 42 (up two) cases and six deaths (up one).
Commonwealth Senior Living in Berryville — reported Dec. 7 with 36 cases and no deaths.
Skyview Springs Nursing Home in Page County — reported Oct. 23 with 28 cases (up eight) and fewer than six deaths.
Greenfield of Woodstock — reported Dec. 17 with 30 cases (up two) and no deaths.
Greenfield Reflections of Woodstock — reported Dec. 1 with 37 cases and fewer than six deaths.
Life Care Center of New Market —reported Dec. 29 with 20 cases and no deaths.
Skyline Terrace Nursing Home — reported Dec. 28 with 33 cases and no deaths.
Lynn Care Center in Warren County — reported Dec. 10 with 15 cases (up five) and zero deaths.
Evergreen Health and Rehab in Winchester — reported Nov. 16 with 145 cases (up five) and nine deaths (up four).
Dr. Colin Greene, health director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, confirmed on Friday that outbreaks are also in progress at Shenandoah Senior Living, Winchester Medical Center, Shenandoah Community Residences and the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Stephens City,
The VDH added 654 statewide outbreak-associated cases Friday for a total of 47,776. It’s seen 19,063 health-care workers, up 185 on Friday.
Locally, 34 new outbreak-associated cases and seven new cases among health-care workers bring totals to 1,955 and 833, respectively.
Clarke County has had 437 cases (up one), 21 hospitalizations and five deaths.
Frederick County has had 4,247 cases (up 59), 150 hospitalizations (up one) and 33 deaths.
Page County has had 1,182 cases (up 18), 77 hospitalizations and 34 deaths.
Shenandoah County has had 2,519 cases (up 26) 147 hospitalizations and 75 deaths.
Warren County has had 1,528 (up eight) cases, 70 hospitalizations and 35 deaths.
Winchester has had 1,790 cases (up 17), 78 hospitalizations and 16 deaths.
Harrisonburg has reported 4,651 cases (up 41), 130 hospitalizations (up one) and 46 deaths.
Rockingham County has reported 4,399 cases (up 66), 232 hospitalizations and 48 deaths.