2019 Regional News Releases

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>>