2019 Regional News Releases

November 18, 2019
NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE SEASONAL FLU VACCINE IN ALL LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
(CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia) – This Thursday and Friday, the New River Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine in a series of walk-in clinics at each local health department office. Vaccine will be available free to anyone 18 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to wear clothing that is loose around the arm so that a public health nurse can administer the flu shot in the upper arm. more>>


November 7, 2019
HEALTH OFFICIALS ADVISE RESIDENTS OF INCREASE IN PERTUSSIS CASES IN THE CENTRAL SHENANDOAH AREA

(STAUNTON, Va.) – The Waynesboro-Augusta Health Department and the Staunton-Augusta Health Department are informing residents of an increase in the number of reported pertussis cases among area residents.  Since October 25, the departments have investigated a total of 23 reports of pertussis in children, teens and adults.  From 2016 through 2018, Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro together had an average of three pertussis cases per year. more>>


November 7, 2019
Healthy Roots: A Conversation to Improve Health and Wellbeing in the New River Valley

WHO
Local, regional and state government representatives, elected officials, economic development partners, health providers, educators, faith leaders, news media and any interested stakeholders and community members are invited to join the conversation. more>>


November 5, 2019
Prince William Health District Adjusts Services
Some Services will Have Reduced Hours

(Manassas, Va.) – The Prince William Health District (PWHD) is reducing the delivery of some of its services and consolidating most of them at the Woodbridge Clinic. These actions are a result of a shortage of nurses and continued inability to fill many nursing staff positions.

“In the past few years, the health district has lost many of its nurses to retirement, relocation or to other jobs in the northern Virginia or D.C. area,” said Prince William Health District Director Dr. Alison Ansher, “We have been unable to fill positions, despite repeated efforts.” more>>


November 4, 2019
FREE REVIVE! TRAINING AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER

(BRISTOL, Va.) – The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps will offer REVIVE! Train-The-Trainer sessions, for individuals who are interested in teaching others how to administer naloxone. (This is not an approved class for law enforcement professionals.) more>>


November 1, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

(Winchester, Va.) On Oct. 23, 2019, two separate encounters occurred in Frederick County with animals later testing positive for rabies. The first was a skunk involved in an altercation with a dog near Chapel Rd (Route 627) and Sapling Lane, northwest of Middletown near the community of Marlboro. The second was a raccoon found in a shed off of Back Mountain Road (Route 600), near the eastern entrance to Shawneeland. Both animals were euthanized and later tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. more>>


October 31, 2019
Need Foreign Travel Vaccines? Plan ahead!

(WISE, Va.) — Visiting another country can put you at risk for diseases not normally found in the U. S. Getting the right vaccines is one of the most effective things you can do to protect your health while traveling abroad. Since most vaccines must be given ahead of time to provide the best protection, plan to get travel vaccines at least six weeks before your trip. Clinics have different types and amounts of vaccines so plan ahead and check with your local health department (below). more>>


October 31, 2019
Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Lifted for Wilcox Lake in Petersburg
HAB Task Force Sampling to Resume in May 2020

The public is advised to be aware of signs of a harmful algae bloom and avoid contact if there is the presence of scum.
(Richmond, Va.) – The swimming advisory for Wilcox Lake has been lifted based on samples collected October 3, which were within safe swimming levels for cyanobacteria and toxins. Algae blooms can occur when warm water and nutrients combine to make conditions favorable for algae growth. Most algae species are harmless; however, some species (called “cyanobacteria”) may produce irritating compounds or toxins that may cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. more>>


October 30, 2019
Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District Advises Residents of Increase in Pertussis Cases in the Community

(Warrenton, Va.) The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) is informing Fauquier residents of a recent spike in reported pertussis (commonly referred to as whooping cough) cases among Fauquier children. Since mid-September, the RRHD has investigated a total of 25 reports of pertussis illness in children with ages ranging from under 1 to 17 years. Last year there were 10 cases reported in the five-county health district. more>>


October 24, 2019
New River Health District Offers Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine at Pulaski YMCA Wednesday, November 6

(CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia) – The New River Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pulaski YMCA, 615 Oakhurst Ave. in Pulaski. Vaccine will be available free to anyone 18 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis. (A total of 150 doses is available.) Be sure to wear clothing that is loose around the arm so that a public health nurse can administer the flu shot in the upper arm. more>>


October 24, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Hepatitis A Risk

(Winchester, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health issues the following alert: The Lord Fairfax Health District has learned that Clearbrook Shopping Center at 3522 Martinsburg Pike, in Clear Brook received green peppers potentially contaminated with hepatitis A virus. Anyone who ate green peppers at this restaurant from October 18 through 23 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The risk to the public from this exposure is low, but health officials share this information in an effort to keep the community informed. more>>


October 24, 2019
Prince William Health District Warns of Rabies Concern
City of Manassas Park, VA

In order to protect the health of residents and visitors, the Prince William Health District (PWHD) is issuing a notice about a cat that has been found with rabies in the City of Manassas Park.

A cat that was found on October 17 in the area of Martin Drive in the City of Manassas Park has tested positive for rabies. Reportedly, the cat scratched and/or bit an area resident.  PWHD asks anyone who may have come in contact with a cat in or around Martin Drive between October 7 and 17 to call the health district at 703-792-6300. The cat was described to have long fur that was white with dark brown and black markings. In addition, the animal was noted to have an injured hind leg. more>>


October 22, 2019
Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs at National Drug Take-Back Day, Oct. 26

(BRISTOL, Va.) –The Virginia Department of Health, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and local law enforcement agencies will hold no-questions-asked prescription drug disposal events at multiple locations on Saturday, October 26. Pills and patches will be accepted, but not sharp objects such as needles and syringes. The service is free, anonymous and environmentally safe. This year for the first time, you also may dispose of vaping devices, cartridges and substances. more>>


October 18, 2019
Local Health Districts Providing Free Flu Vaccinations

(Norfolk, Va.) – This Saturday, October 19, health districts on the Southside and the Peninsula, will provide several free flu shot clinics. The purpose of this exercise is to simulate a mass vaccination event in which the health departments train to vaccinate efficiently during a time of emergency. The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. No ID is required. Vaccines supplies are limited so it is first come, first served. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeves that roll up for easy access to the upper arm. more>>


October 18, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Cat along Back Road near Toms Brook in Shenandoah County
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(Winchester, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid feral cat along Back Road (Route 623) near the intersection of Pontzer Road (Route 697) north of Toms Brook in Shenandoah County. The cat attacked a person without provocation; it was later euthanized and sent for testing, which revealed that it was sick with rabies. more>>


October 10, 2019
Pittsylvania-Danville Health District Offers Free Flu Vaccine

(DANVILLE, Virginia) – The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at two special clinics on Saturday, October 26:

  • Danville Community Farmers’ Market, 629 Craghead St. in Danville from 8 a.m. to noon; and
  • 12th Annual Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex (next to the stage), 19783 U.S. Highway 29 in Chatham, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A limited supply of free influenza vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for everyone ages 3 and older. more>>


October 9, 2019
Local Health Districts Practice Emergency Preparedness with Free Flu Vaccinations for the Public

(Norfolk, Va.) – During the month of October, health districts on the Southside, Peninsula, Three Rivers and Eastern Shore will hold several free flu shot clinics. The purpose of this exercise is to simulate a mass vaccination event in which the health departments train to vaccinate efficiently during a time of emergency. The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness provides the free vaccine. No ID is required. Vaccines supplies are limited. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeves that roll up for easy access to the upper arm. more>>


October 8, 2019
Central Shenandoah Health District Practices Emergency Preparedness with Free Flu Vaccinations for the Public

[LEXINGTON, Va.] — On Wednesday, October 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. the Central Shenandoah Health District will hold a flu clinic at Rockbridge County High School, 143 Greenhouse Road in Lexington, offering free flu vaccine to everyone ages 10 and up. No ID is required. Vaccines supplies are limited; 350 doses will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeves that roll up for easy access to the upper arm. more>>


October 5, 2019
Health Alert: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

(Newport News, Va.) — The Peninsula Health District issues the following alert: an employee at Mr C’s Pizza & Subs at 493 Wythe Creek Rd, Poquoson, VA 23662, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. As a result, persons who consumed food from the restaurant on any of the following dates – September 12-21, September 30, and October 1, 2019 – may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Although the risk to the public from this exposure is low, health officials share this information in an effort to keep the community informed. There is no indication of any food products at this restaurant being the source of the infection. more>>


October 1, 2019
LENOWISCO Health District Practices Emergency Preparedness With Free Flu Vaccinations for the Public

(GATE CITY, Va.) – On October 17, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. the LENOWISCO Health District will hold a drive-thru flu clinic at Weber City Baptist Church, 2436 U.S. Highway 23 North in Weber City, offering free flu vaccine to everyone ages 3 and up in the convenience and comfort of your vehicle. No ID is required. Vaccines supplies are limited; 250 doses will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeves that roll up for easy access to the upper arm. more>>


September 30, 2019
Health Department Offers Free Flu Vaccination Clinics in October

(Culpeper, Va.)— The Rappahannock‐Rapidan Health District will conduct public health emergency exercises offering free flu shots in three locations this October.  Clinics will be held starting at 4 p.m. at Prospect Heights Middle School in Orange on October 10, Liberty High School in Bealeton on October 17, and Rappahannock High School in Washington, Va on October 24. more>>


September 25, 2019
Cat Located Off of Buskey Road Tests Positive for Rabies

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – The Chesapeake Health Department has confirmed that a cat has tested positive for rabies. The black cat confronted a dog and its owner off of Buskey Road in Chesapeake on September 19, 2019. more>>


September 25, 2019
Interested in Taking Better Care of Your Diabetes? Free Classes Can Help You Do It!

(WISE, Va.) – While getting diabetes under control may seem like a giant challenge, help is available to assist you or your loved one to achieve better control and better health. It’s not as hard as you might think. The LENOWISCO Health District can help. Each local health department will be offering diabetes workshops on how to better manage your diabetes. In October, a series of four different diabetes education classes will be offered free of charge to anyone who is interested in moving toward better control of their diabetes. more>>


September 20, 2019
Get Your Flu Vaccine Now at Local Health Departments

(MARION, Va.) – With the arrival of September, the Virginia Department of Health’s Mount Rogers Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. more>>


September 20, 2019
Free Vaccination Clinics for Wythe and Bland County Residents

(MARION, Va.) — The Mount Rogers Health District offers a series of free vaccination clinics this fall for all residents of Bland and Wythe counties. Available vaccines include seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. more>>


September 20, 2019
Free Vaccination Clinics in Grayson and Carroll Counties, City of Galax

(MARION, Va.) — The Mount Rogers Health District offers a series of free vaccination clinics this fall for all residents of the Twin County area (Carroll and Grayson counties, City of Galax). Available vaccines include seasonal flu, pneumonia, shingles, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), hepatitis A and hepatitis B. more>>


September 19, 2019
New River Health District Offers Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine at Drive-Thru Clinic for Adults

(CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia) – The New River Health District (NRHD) will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special drive-thru dispensing clinic on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Radford Fire and Rescue station at 1500 Wadsworth Street. more>>


September 19, 2019
Rappahannock Area Health District to Conduct Free Drive-Through Flu Clinic Drill
Saturday, Oct. 5 – Starts at 8:30 a.m.

(Fredericksburg, Va.) – The Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) will conduct a public health emergency exercise on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Elementary School parking lot, 18101 Clark and York Boulevard in Ruther Glen. Free 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccine will be provided. Anyone who has not yet received a 2019-2020 seasonal flu vaccine is invited to take part in this exercise. more>>


September 12, 2019
Health Alert: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

(Newport News, Va.) — The Peninsula Health District (PHD) is issuing the following alert: an employee at Ginny’s Restaurant located at 1900-A George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, Virginia, was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A. As a result, persons who consumed food or drinks from Ginny’s Restaurant on any of the following dates – August 22, 23, 28, 29, and September 4, 2019 – may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. The restaurant has been cooperating fully with the Peninsula Health District in identifying and mitigating any risk. There is no indication of any food products at this restaurant being the source of the infection. more>>


September 11, 2019
Lenowisco Health District Offers Seasonal Flu Vaccine

(WISE, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s LENOWISCO Health District will begin offering seasonal flu vaccine in September on a walk-in basis, and at special offsite clinics in schools, businesses and organizations. more>>


September 10, 2019
Rappahannock Area Health District Offers Free Flu Shots at State Fair
Saturday, Sept. 28 – Flu Shot Exercise Starts at 10 a.m.

(Fredericksburg, Va.) The Virginia Department of Health’s Rappahannock Area Health District will offer free flu shots on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. during the State Fair of Virginia at the Meadow Event Park. The VDH uses these events as exercises to determine our readiness to respond in a pandemic flu emergency. This flu shot exercise will take place in the Farm Bureau Center Exhibition Hall on Festival Loop. Only 400 doses of vaccine will be available, and will be offered to anyone 12 years and older on a first-come, first-served basis, until 7 p.m. or until the supply of flu shots runs out. more>>


September 6, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

(Winchester, Va.) — On September 3, 2019, a skunk involved in an altercation with two dogs was killed by the dogs’ owner and made available to the Health Department. The event occurred in a rural area off of Oak Hill Drive, near Woodstock, in Shenandoah County. The skunk later tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. more>>


September 5, 2019
Virginia Department of Health Issues Precautions for Food Safety During Electrical Outages

(Eastern Va.)—In the case of an electrical outage, it is important to take careful precautions to ensure food safety. The risk of food poisoning is heightened when refrigerators and ovens are inoperable. Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture. Just remember, When in doubt, throw it out!” more>>


September 5, 2019
Virginia Department of Health Offers Tips to Avoid Health Risks from Floodwaters

(Eastern Va.)—Hurricanes can cause flooding. Although skin contact with floodwaters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Floodwaters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria and viruses. more>>


September 5, 2019
Virginia Department of Health Warns of Potential Risks to Water Supply due to Storms

(Eastern Va.)—Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. Individuals cannot assume that the water in a hurricane-affected area is safe to drink. more>>


September 5, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Encourages Vaccination to Avoid the Flu; Offers Walk-in Flu Shots at Local Health Departments

(Winchester, Va.) — Now that summer heat is finally loosening its grip on the Valley, it is time to plan for flu season. Getting a flu shot every year is the single best way to prevent the flu. “It’s important to get the flu shot every year,” says Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene. more>>


August 26, 2019
Advisory Issued for Wilcox Lake at Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg, VA Due to Algae Bloom

(Petersburg, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health has issued a health advisory for Wilcox Lake at Lee Memorial Park due to a bloom of potentially harmful algae. People and pets should observe the swimming advisory which is in place for Wilcox Lake and avoid swimming, wading or bathing in the area. This includes windsurfing and stand-up-paddle-boarding; any activities which pose a risk of skin contact or accidentally ingesting the water. more>>


August 22, 2019
Lyme Disease and Other Tickborne Illnesses are Increasing

(LEBANON, Va.)  — As you enjoy warm summer days outside, Cumberland Plateau District Epidemiologist Paige Lucas warns everyone to take steps to prevent tickborne diseases, because the number of reported cases have been increasing in Virginia over the past few years. more>>


August 22, 2019
Health Alert: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurants

(Newport News, Va.) — The Peninsula Health District (PHD) is issuing the following alert: A food handler at the Kebab House at 980 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, Virginia, and the Sunrise Pizzeria located at 10158 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, Virginia, was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A. more>>


August 21, 2019
Health Advisory Lifted for Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health has lifted the health advisory for the lower (eastern) areas of John W. Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County. more>>


August 16, 2019
Late Summer Pool Safety: Remain Vigilant to Prevent Illness

(Fredericksburg, Va.)— While summer is almost over and many are enjoying time at a swimming pool, the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) reminds all swimmers to follow good health practices at swimming pools to prevent illness. Recently, the Health District has been made aware of several cases of cryptosporidiosis involving swimming pools at the Massad YMCA and Curtis Park in Stafford County. Both facilities have been fully cooperative with the Health District and are following our recommendations. more>>


August 16, 2019
Update: Advisory Remains in Effect for Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County Due to Algae Bloom

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s August 9 health advisory for the lower (eastern) areas of John W. Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County due to a bloom of harmful algae remains in effect. People and pets should continue to observe the swimming advisory which is in place for the lower portion of the reservoir, and avoid swimming, wading or bathing in the area under advisory until a second algae sample tests within the safe swimming threshold. more>>


August 15, 2019
Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
 Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

 (Winchester, Va.) — On Aug. 11, 2019, a groundhog was found behaving aggressively (a very unusual manner for this type of animal) near Indian Camp Trail in Black Bear Subdivision, near Maurertown in Shenandoah County. The groundhog later tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. more>>


August 9, 2019

Advisory Issued for Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County Due to Algae Bloom

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health has issued a health advisory for the lower (eastern) areas of John W. Flannagan Reservoir in Dickenson County due to a bloom of harmful algae. People and pets should avoid swimming, wading or bathing in these affected areas of the lake until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels. This includes windsurfing and stand-up-paddle-boarding; any activities which pose a risk of skin contact or accidentally ingesting the water. more>>


August 8, 2019

Harmful Algae Bloom Occurring on Mint Springs Lake – Albemarle Co., Va.
Public advised to avoid water contact at Mint Springs Lake.

(Charlottesville, Va.) – Mint Springs Lake in Albemarle County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake water until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels. Some harmful algae, called cyanobacteria, can cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The areas to avoid can be seen on an interactive map at www.SwimHealthyVA.com  more>>


August 8, 2019

Update – Chesterfield Health District Investigating Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease

(Chesterfield, Va.) – The Chesterfield Health District (CHD) investigation of an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the northeast quadrant of Chesterfield County is ongoing.  more>>


August 6, 2019

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Vaccinations are Important for People of All Ages

(WISE, Va.) — During National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the LENOWISCO Health District encourages people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on recommended vaccines. more>>


August 1, 2019

Health Alert: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

(Sterling) –An employee at Señor Ramon at 22455 Davis Drive in Sterling, Virginia, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. As a result, persons eating at this restaurant from July 10, 2019 through July 26, 2019 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. more>>


July 31, 2019

Statewide Changes to Septic System Fees

(DANVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va.) – New fees are in effect across Virginia for onsite sewage/septic systems, primarily for existing system evaluations, upgrades and repairs to onsite sewage systems (septic systems). more>>


July 31, 2019

Changes to Septic and Well Evaluation and Design Services Process
General Assembly Proposes Changes to Application Processes for Onsite Sewage Systems and Private Wells

(DANVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va.) – House Bill 558 of the General Assembly requires the State Health Commissioner to develop a plan to reduce and eliminate evaluation and design services provided by the Virginia Department of Health for onsite sewage system and private wells, shifting those direct services to the private sector. more>>


July 29, 2019

Madison Health Department is MOVING!
The Office will be Closed Wednesday through Friday

(Madison, Va.) The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is pleased to announce that the Madison County Health Department is moving to a new location! The health district thanks everyone for their patience during this move. more>>


July 25, 2019

MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC PROVIDES SERVICES TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

(MARION, Va.) – The Mount Rogers Health District Wellness Team is on the road! In August and September, the district’s Mobile Health Clinic is visiting local health departments to provide health screenings and services to the public. more>>


July 25, 2019

AVOID RABIES BY AVOIDING WILD ANIMALS

(LEBANON, Va.) – To avoid rabies, avoid approaching or handling wild animals. This is one of several recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health to avoid spreading rabies among people and pets. Any mammal can be infected with rabies. Wild animals frequently diagnosed with rabies include raccoons, skunks and foxes. Cats are the most common domestic animal diagnosed with rabies.  more>>


July 25, 2019

Chesterfield Health District Investigating Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease

The Chesterfield Health District (CHD) is investigating an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the northeast quadrant of Chesterfield County.  Since May 1st, there have been 10 confirmed cases among older adults and persons with other medical conditions. more>>


July 25, 2019

Free Opioid Overdose Reversal Training Offered August 5 in Marion

(MARION, Va.) – First United Methodist Church and the Mount Rogers Health District (Virginia Department of Health) will host REVIVE! training on Monday, August 5 at 115 S. Church St. in Marion. This training is free and open to the public. It takes approximately one hour. more>>


July 25, 2019

Southside Health District Warns of Rabies Concerns
Town of Lacrosse, VA

In order to protect the health of residents and visitors, the Southside Health District is issuing a notice about a fox that has been found with rabies in the Town of Lacrosse in Mecklenburg County. more>>


July 23, 2019

Northern Virginia Area Investigating an Increase in Intestinal Illness Associated with Cyclospora
Health Districts in the Region Seeking the Cause of Cyclosporiasis Increase

The health districts in northern Virginia are notifying the public that there has been a significant increase in the number of reported cyclosporiasis cases since mid-June 2019. To date there are 15 cyclosporiasis cases reported in the Northern Region of Virginia, up from eight at this time last year. Additionally, more than 40 people from two large businesses in the area have reported gastrointestinal illness, and are under investigation for suspected cyclosporiasis. A food or water source of this outbreak has not yet been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.  more>>


July 17, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Reminds Residents that Extreme Heat Requires Protective Actions
Health Officials Urge Residents to Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated and Stay Informed 

(Winchester, Va.) Extremely high temperatures are predicted in the Valley for the next several days, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 90s. The health district reminds residents that extreme heat requires protective actions. Hot temperatures, high humidity and exposure to the direct sun can cause ill health effects. more>>


July 11, 2019

Prince William Health District Warns of Rabies Concerns
City of Manassas, VA

In order to protect the health of residents and visitors, the Prince William Health District (PWHD) is issuing a notice about a bat that has been found with rabies in the City of Manassas. more>>


July 3, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Cat in the Macs Mountain Road Area of Shenandoah County
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(Winchester, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid feral cat in the Macs Mountain Road area of northern Shenandoah County.  The cat attacked a person without provocation; it was later killed and sent for testing, which revealed that it was indeed ill with rabies. more>>


June 28, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

(Winchester, Va.) On June 27, 2019, a stray black cat was found to be in an altercation with a resident on Massanutten Drive, in Edinburg, in Shenandoah County. The cat was subsequently caught, euthanized, and tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. If anyone believes he or she had any contact with a stray black cat in this vicinity, it should be considered a potential rabies exposure. This applies to humans and domestic animals. Any person or pet who may have been exposed should receive an immediate medical evaluation. more>>


June 26, 2019

Participate in a Preparedness Exercise – Volunteers Needed
“Capital Fortitude” Exercise is Saturday, July 20 in Stafford

(Fredericksburg, Va.) — Come see public health emergency response in action and help your community. There is also a giveaway for your participation! You can volunteer to participate as an actor in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise. The exercise will evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. more>>


June 25, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

(Winchester, Va.)On June 21, 2019, a raccoon was found to be in an altercation with two dogs, near Little North Lane, off of Cedar Creek Road (Route 621) in Shenandoah County. The raccoon was caught and euthanized. It tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. more>>


June 24, 2019

Rappahannock County Health Department is MOVING!
The Office will be Closed Thursday and Friday

(Warrenton, Va.) The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is pleased to announce that the Rappahannock County Health Department is moving to a new location! The health district thanks everyone for their patience during this move. more>>


June 24, 2019

Southside Health District Announces Changes Beginning July 1
New Onsite Sewage System and Private Well Application Fees Take Effect July 1
Onsite Sewage System and Private Well Application Processes Change Effective July 11

(Brunswick, Va.)—The Southside Health District is notifying the public that new fees for onsite sewage systems and private wells will go into effect on July 1, 2019. more>>


June 22, 2019

UPDATE: Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia

Final testing from the CDC indicates that the patient did not have measles. The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District received final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the patient who visited the Fauquier Health Emergency Department on June 17-18 did not have measles  … more>>


June 21, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Kitten Found in Rivermont Area of Front Royal

(Winchester, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid kitten found near the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department station, at 714 Rivermont Drive in Front Royal. The kitten was captured on June 17, along with two other cats.  The cats, believed to be feral, were captured and taken to a veterinarian, who the next day noted abnormal behavior in the one kitten, which was euthanized. Subsequent testing demonstrated that the kitten was indeed ill with rabies. more>>


June 19, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe
 
(Winchester, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public that on June 14, 2019, in the 500 Block of Warren Ave. in Front Royal, a fight between a raccoon and a dog led to the death of the raccoon, which subsequently tested positive for rabies. more>>


June 19, 2019

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk

(Fauquier, Va.) — Out of an abundance of caution, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is informing residents who were in the Fauquier Health Emergency Department during the times listed below, that they may have been exposed to a patient potentially infected with measles. Health officials from the hospital and local health department are working diligently to identify people who may have been exposed. Residents identified will be contacted by Fauquier Health or public health for further guidance. more>>


June 17, 2019

Volunteers Needed – Participate in a Preparedness Exercise
“Capital Fortitude” Exercise is Friday, July 19

(Manassas, Va.) Would you like to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Volunteer to participate as an actor in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise. The exercise is designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. more>>


June 10, 2019

Do not enter bodies of water if you have cuts or abrasions; if injured, clean wound at once to reduce risk of infection

Many harmful micro-organisms are found in lakes, rivers, along the coast, and in other bodies of water. Some bacteria may lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses, the Virginia Department of Public Health (VDH) cautions. more>>


June 6, 2019

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia

(Manassas, Va.)— Out of an abundance of caution, Health Districts in northern Virginia are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed. more>>


May 31, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Red Fox
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(Winchester, Va.) — The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid red fox found in the 200 block of Solomon’s Church Road in Quicksburg on May 27. The fox was sent for rabies testing and tested positive. The fox is known to have interacted with at least two dogs. more>>


May 16, 2019

Volunteers Needed for Emergency Exercise in July

(Fairfax,Va.) Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Volunteer to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. more>>


May 16, 2019

Local Health Departments to Host Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinics on May 20

(Charlottesville, Va.) – In honor of Hepatitis Awareness Month, Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) health departments will offer Hepatitis A vaccine clinics on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Hepatitis A vaccines will be free or low cost and are for people over age 18. The vaccines will be available at all TJHD health departments on a walk-in basis. more>>


May 10, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk
Health Department Offers Tips to Stay Safe

(Winchester, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District reports that on May 9, 2019, a raccoon was involved in a fight with a pet in the Liberty Furnace Road area of Shenandoah County northwest of Edinburg; the raccoon subsequently tested positive for rabies. “While the raccoon no longer poses a threat,” said Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene, “any people or domestic animals that came in contact with a raccoon in that area between 29 April and 9 May should receive a medical evaluation immediately.” more>>


May 8, 2019

Rabies Alert: Rabid Skunk Removed From Whiteoak Canyon Park Boundary Parking Lot

(MADISON, Va.) The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) issues the following alert: a skunk which bit a human on Saturday, May 4, has been confirmed as positive for rabies. The skunk was removed near Shenandoah National Park in Madison County. more>>


May 7, 2019

Community Town Hall on Youth E-Cigarette Use

(Charlottesville, Va.) – In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools, the Tobacco Free Community Coalition (TFCC) will hold a Community Town Hall about youth electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Charlottesville High School, B Commons. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. Parents of school-aged children and teenagers, teachers, and other community members are encouraged to attend. more>>


April 29, 2019

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training Offered May 13 in Abingdon

(ABINGDON, Va.) – Highlands Community Services, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and the Mount Rogers Health District (Virginia Department of Health) will host REVIVE! training on Monday, May 13 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center at 1 Partnership Circle, Abingdon, Virginia. more>>


April 25, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Feral Cat
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(WINCHESTER, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a mid-sized rabid black and white feral cat, found on Ladderback Court in Winchester on Friday, April 19. Local Animal Control captured the cat and it tested positive for rabies. The feral cat is known to have interacted with one person. more>>


April 18, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Skunk
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(WINCHESTER, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid skunk found in the Massanutten Trailer Park in Mt. Jackson on April 14. Local Animal Control captured the skunk and it tested positive for rabies. The skunk is known to have interacted with one dog. more>>


April 16, 2019

Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department to offer Free Hepatitis A Vaccines for Food Service Workers

(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Thomas Jefferson Health District’s (TJHD) Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department will offer free Hepatitis A vaccines on the third Friday of each month – starting this Friday, April 19, 2019 – from 9:00 to 11:00 AM for food service workers. Hepatitis A will be provided on a walk-in basis at no charge. more>>


April 16, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Raccoon in Warren County

(Winchester, Va.) The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid raccoon found on King David Dr. in the Apple Mountain subdivision in Linden, VA 22642 on April 8. Local Animal Control captured the raccoon and it tested positive for rabies. The raccoon is known to have interacted with two dogs. more>>


April 15, 2019

Walk-in Clinic at New River Health District Offers Health Services and Screenings

(Christiansburg, Va.) – On Friday, April 19, the New River Health District will offer a variety of health services — including vaccines, risk assessment for tuberculosis, testing for sexually transmitted infections and family planning — at a walk-in clinic at the Montgomery County Health Department, 210 South Pepper St. in Christiansburg. more>>


April, 4, 2019

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training and Free Narcan® Available at Local Health Departments

(WISE, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health’s LENOWISCO Health District will offer training on opioid overdose recognition and reversal using Narcan®, and will provide Narcan® (naloxone) at no cost to those completing the short training session. more>>


April, 2, 2019

Lenowisco Health District Providing Free Flu Vaccine to the Public

(Wise, Va.) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory on March 28, 2019 to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A (H3N2) viruses. more>>


April 2, 2019

Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department Launches Free Evening STI Testing

(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Thomas Jefferson Health District’s (TJHD) Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department will offer free testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. starting on April 3, 2019. more>>


March 29, 2019

Temporary DMV Services Offered at Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department

(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Thomas Jefferson Health District is working with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to help people update their identification records to comply with the REAL ID Act that passed by Congress in 2005. On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, DMV Connect Services will be offered at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. During this time, the Health Department’s Environmental Health office will remain open for people to easily get copies of vital records (birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates) that may be required to complete the REAL ID process or other DMV services. more>>


March 28, 2019

New River Mobile Health Bus Goes On the Road with Free Screenings and Giveaways for National Public Health Week, April 1-5

(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health New River Health District’s mobile health bus will offer free health screening, giveaways and information on clinical and environmental health department services in a series of visits to local communities in celebration of National Public Health Week, April 1-5, 2019. more>>


March 27, 2019

“On the Road to Wellness” With the New River Health District’s Mobile Health Bus

(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health New River Health District’s mobile health bus will visit area public schools in April to offer vaccines for TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough), HPV (human papillomavirus) and MCV (meningococcal disease, or meningitis). more>>


March 25, 2019

Rappahannock Rapidan Health District Localities Rank in Top 40 Percent in 2019 Health Rankings

(Warrenton, Va.) The Rappahannock Rapidan Health District continually strives to understand the factors that influence the health of its residents and works with the community to provide residents the opportunity to be the healthiest they can possibly be. One of the tools the District uses to guide its efforts is population-based data from a variety of sources, such as the annual County Health Rankings. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) released it’s 2019 report earlier this month. more>>


March 25, 2019

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training and Free Narcan® Available at Local Health Departments

(LEBANON, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health’s Cumberland Plateau Health District will offer training on opioid overdose reversal using Narcan® (a brand name for naloxone) and will provide Narcan® at no cost to those completing the short training session. more>>


March 23, 2019

Health Alert: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

(Orange, Va.) The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) issues the following alert: A food handler at Mama’s Pizza and Subs at 32311 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove, VA 22508 has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. As a result, persons who ate in the restaurant from March 9 through March 20, 2019 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Although the risk to the public from this exposure is low, health officials share the information in an effort to keep the community informed. more>> 


March 22, 2019

VDH’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. Offer Free Screening, Testing and Vaccines Monday, March 25, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Winchester, Va.) — On Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Virginia Department of Health’s Lord Fairfax Health District and AIDS Response Effort, Inc. are collaborating to offer the following free medical tests and vaccines to the community. more>>


March 21, 2019

Louisa County Environmental Health Department Schedule Change to Offer Vital Records During DMV Services in County Office Building

(Louisa, Va.) – On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Louisa County Environmental Health Department, in the County Office Building, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to give people the ability to obtain necessary documents that may be required to complete the REAL ID process while a temporary full-service DMV location will be offered at the County Office Building. DMV services will be available from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. to help citizens update their identification records to comply with the REAL ID Act. more>>


March 4, 2019

Mobile Health Clinic Provides Services to Local Communities

(MARION, Va.) – The Mount Rogers Health District Wellness Team is on the road! In March, the district’s new Mobile Health Clinic is visiting local health departments to provide health screenings and services to the public. more>>


February 8, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Raccoon in Warren County
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(WINCHESTER, Va.) — The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid raccoon found on Knob Lane, off of Route 735 (Bowman Hollow Road) in northwest Warren County on February 4. Local Animal Control captured the raccoon and it tested positive for rabies. The raccoon is known to have interacted with one dog. That dog was up to date on its rabies shots, so it is getting a booster rabies shot and is on 45 day confinement. This is the normal procedure for a vaccinated animal that may have been exposed to rabies. On January 28, another rabid raccoon was confirmed in Linden. more>>


February 4, 2019

GRANT TO HELP FUND MATERNITY PROGRAM
Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of the Mary 
Washington Hospital Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to the Rappahannock Area Health District

(FREDERICKSBURG, Va.) In January 2019, the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District a $100,000 grant for its Complicated Obstetrical and High-Risk Maternity Care Program. more >>


January 31, 2019

Lord Fairfax Health District Advises Residents of Rabid Raccoon in Warren County
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(WINCHESTER, Va.)The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid raccoon found on Squaw Path Way in the Blue Mountain Subdivision in Linden. Local animal control captured the raccoon on January 28, and it tested positive for rabies. The raccoon is known to have interacted with one dog. That dog was up to date on its rabies shots, so it is getting a booster rabies shot and is on 45 day confinement. This is the normal procedure for a vaccinated animal that may have been exposed to rabies. more>>


January 24, 2019

Every Woman’s Life Program Offers Free Cancer Screening Services
Grant to Rappahannock Area Health District will Help Fund Outreach

(FREDERICKSBURG, Va.) — The Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation recently awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) a 12-month, $15,972 grant for its Every Woman’s Life (EWL) Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast and cervical cancer. The EWL program is a public health initiative that helps uninsured, low-income women access free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduce death rates, improve treatment options and generally increase survival. more>>


January 24, 2019

Opioid Overdose Reversal Training and Free Narcan Available at Local Health Departments

(LEBANON, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health’s Cumberland Plateau Health District will offer training on opioid overdose reversal using Narcan® (a brand name for naloxone) and will provide Narcan® at no cost to those completing the short training session. more>>


January 23, 2019

Thomas Jefferson Health District to Offer ServSafe Manager Certification Course and Exam in Chinese

(Charlottesville, Va.) – To help meet the demand for Virginia’s new regulation requiring certified foodservice managers, the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) will host a 2-day ServSafe manager certification course and exam in Chinese on Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The entire class and exam will be provided in Chinese. This course is facilitated in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and meets the requirements for new food regulations under Virginia Code Section 12VAC5-421-55 Section. more>>


January 16, 2018

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District Offers Free Flu Vaccine

(DANVILLE, Virginia) – The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special clinic Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Danville Community Farmers’ Market located at 629 Craghead St. in Danville. more>>


January 15, 2018

Residents Invited to Work toward a Healthier Greater Prince William

(Greater Prince William, Va.)— The Community Healthcare Coalition of Greater Prince William (CHCGPW) is inviting community members to discuss public health priorities and help shape strategies for improving the community’s well-being through a series of Community Conversations. The CHCGPW is collaborating with residents, public and private organizations, local experts and coalitions to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan that aims to create a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. more>>


January 9, 2019

Rabid Skunk Confirmed in Spring City, Near Town of Cleveland, Russell Co.

(RUSSELL CO., Va.) – A skunk collected on January 7, 2019 from the Spring City community near the Town of Cleveland in Russell County tested positive for rabies. This is the first confirmed case of animal rabies in Russell County and in the Cumberland Plateau Health District this year. more>>


January 7, 2019

Thomas Jefferson Health District to Offer ServSafe Manager Certification Course and Exam

(Charlottesville, Va.) – To help meet the local demand for Virginia’s new regulation requiring certified foodservice managers, the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) will facilitate a 2-day ServSafe manager certification course and exam on Monday, January 28, 2019, and Monday, February 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This course is facilitated in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and meets the requirements for new food regulations under Virginia Code Section 12VAC5-421-55 Section. more>>


January 4, 2019

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District Offers Free Flu Vaccine

(DANVILLE, Virginia) – The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special dispensing clinic Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Danville Community Farmers’ Market located at 629 Craghead St. in Danville. more>>


January 2, 2019

U.S. sees continued increase in sexually transmitted infections; New River Health District mobile clinic provides free, confidential testing

CHRISTIANSBURG — The New River Health District is committed to making testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) a standard part of medical care, especially for the populations most at risk and most affected. A mobile clinic now visits communities throughout the district to provide quick, easy, free and confidential testing. more>>