2018 News Releases

July 6, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Reopens a Portion of the Rappahannock River to Shellfish Harvesting 

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that the remaining portion of the Rappahannock River closed to shellfish harvesting on June 23 due to flooding was reopened effective Friday July 6, 2018. more>>


July 2, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Reopens a Portion of the Rappahannock River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of the Rappahannock River closed to shellfish harvesting on June 23 due to flooding was reopened effective Monday July 2, 2018. The VDH Division of Shellfish Sanitation has monitored water quality in the river since the flooding occurred. more>>


June 23, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Closes a Portion of the Rappahannock River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of the Rappahannock River will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding. The emergency closure is effective June 23 through July 13, 2018, though the area may be reopened earlier if water quality monitoring results indicate that the area is no longer unsafe. more>>


May 21, 2018

Emergency Medical Services Week Recognizes the Dedication and Courage of Virginia’s EMS Providers
May 20 – 26 is National EMS Week

(RICHMOND, Va.) – When you dial 911 for help you don’t have time to think about what it takes to save a life, but you are comforted in knowing that medical providers will quickly respond to your emergency. These first responders are Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and they are part of one of the greatest EMS systems in the nation. They are the heroes who train regularly to maintain their continuing education so that they can provide the best prehospital patient care, they work through holidays and long shifts, and they bravely dedicate their lives to saving others. Last year, EMS providers responded to more than 1.46 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 4,000 incidents per day. more>>


May 20, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Encourages Everyone to “Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy.”
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week begins May 21

(Richmond, Va.)— The week leading up to Memorial Day, May 21-27, is designated Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (HSSW) in Virginia and throughout the nation. HSSW focuses on the steps everyone can take to have a healthy and safe swimming experience.  Public pools and beaches around Virginia begin to open in late May, making this the ideal time to talk about ways to reduce the risk of recreational water-associated illness, drowning, and injury in our communities. Water is not only fun to play and cool off in, but just a few hours of water-based physical activity per week can offer low-impact health benefits for everyone! more>>


May 18, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Urges Caution Following Heavy Rains

(Richmond, Va.)— Following heavy rain events this week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds people to take precautions to avoid flooded areas, and once the sun comes out, be aware of potential health risks before you participate in recreational water activities.  more>>


May 17, 2018

State Health Officials Announce Expanded Collaboration with Walgreens
No-cost, rapid Hepatitis C Virus testing now offered at select Walgreens in Virginia.

(Richmond, Va.) – For more than three years, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has collaborated with Walgreens to provide free, rapid HIV testing at 30 of the company’s stores across Virginia. Today, this collaboration is expanding to provide free, rapid Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) testing by Walgreens pharmacists in 10 of those locations. Appointments are not necessary and all testing will be done in private consultation rooms near the pharmacy.  Test results can be provided while you wait. more>>


May 17, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Expands Closure of the Back River and Tributaries to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced an expansion of the shellfish harvesting area closure issued on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, involving the Back River and tributaries in the city of Hampton due to an updated report on the volume of the raw sewage spill. An additional 2,821 acres of bottomland will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to potential contamination from the sewage spill. more>>


May 16, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Closes a Portion of the Back River to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of Back River in the City of Hampton will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to potential contamination from a sewage spill. more>>


May 10, 2018

Virginia Department of Health Announces Public Health Nurse of the Year

(Marion, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) today presented its 2018 Public Health Nurse of the Year award to Angela Alley, RN, who works as a Public Health Nurse Senior and Immunization Action Plan Coordinator in the Mount Rogers Health District. Alley has served in this position since 2013. She began her career with the Mount Rogers Health District as a public health nurse in 1986. more>>


March 14, 2018

2018 County Health Rankings Show How Virginia Is Improving

New report ranks localities in Virginia by health outcomes and health factors

(Richmond, Va.)— Loudoun County ranks healthiest in Virginia, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. more>>