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2009 Press Releases


December23, 2009

GET YOUR SHOT WHILE YOU SHOP
Virginia Center Commons hosts regional H1N1 vaccination clinic

(RICHMOND, Va.)— To help ensure a happy and healthy holiday season, the Virginia Department of Health is partnering with Virginia Center Commons to provide free H1N1 influenza vaccination to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 23, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. more>>


December21, 2009

NEARLY THREE QUARTER OF A MILLION H1N1 DOSES ON ITS WAY!
Doors open wide for all Virginians

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Today the State Health Commissioner has opened the door for all Virginians to get immunized against H1N1 influenza.

“Today’s allocation of 700,000 doses of vaccine makes it possible to now offer H1N1 vaccinations to all Virginians,” said State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA. “Put down on your holiday list making sure your family and loved ones get their vaccinations.” more>>


December 15, 2009

Less Than One Percent of H1N1 Vaccine Affected by Voluntary, Non-Safety Related Recall

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health stated today that less than one percent of the more than 2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the state has received is part of the voluntary, non-safety recall by vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.  The recalled vaccine was used in single-dose vials for children 6 months – 35 months of age. more>>


December 10, 2009

Virginia Broadens H1N1 Vaccination Opportunities

Richmond, Va., December 10, 2009 – Dr. Karen Remley, Virginia’s health commissioner announced today broader opportunities for H1N1 vaccination. While the focus remains on all priority groups, emphasis is being placed on young adults ages 19 to 24 whose vaccination rates have not been as high as other target groups. more>>


December 3, 2009

PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION RECOMMENDED TO HELP PREVENT SECONDARY INFECTIONS
Pneumococcal infection identified as complication in some severe and fatal H1N1 flu cases

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Secondary bacterial pneumonia was a frequent cause of illness and death during each of the influenza pandemics of the 20th century. Pneumococcal infections have also been identified as a complication in some severe and fatal cases of the current H1N1 influenza pandemic. more>>


November 23, 2009

HOLIDAY HOURS FOR THE VDH INQUIRY CENTER

(RICHMOND, Va.)—To help Virginians get updated information about the H1N1 influenza virus and vaccine availability, the Virginia Department of Health Inquiry Center will remain open before and after Thanksgiving. more>>

November 23, 2009

NEW REPORT REVEALS THOSE MOST LIKELY TO DIE DUE TO FAMILY OR INTIMATE PARTNER (DOMESTIC) VIOLENCE

(RICHMOND, Va.)— A new report from the Virginia Department of Health examines the demographic and event characteristics for 1,232 Virginia family and intimate partner homicides that occurred between 1999 and 2007. more>>


November 19, 2009

VDH COMMISSIONER ASKS VIRGINIANS TO SUPPORT THE COMMONWEALTH BREATHE EASY CHALLENGE

(RICHMOND, Va.)—To celebrate the upcoming ban on smoking in restaurants, Virginia’s Health Commissioner today called on Virginians to show their support for the new law and local businesses by dining at their favorite smoke-free restaurants. more>>


November 18, 2009

VDH CLOSES SELECTED BAY TRIBUTARIES TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health announced today that selected tributaries to Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay will remain closed to shellfish harvesting due to last week’s severe weather. The emergency closure is effective Nov. 19 through Dec. 2, 2009. more>>


November 18, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY FOR LAKE GASTON

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health has issued an advisory on walleye fish consumption due to mercury contamination in Lake Gaston.

Recent fish tissue sample results from the North Carolina Division of Public Health show mercury levels in walleye fish exceed the amount considered safe for long term human consumption. As Virginia and North Carolina share boundaries for Lake Gaston, the Virginia Department of Health is taking the prudent measure of issuing an advisory. more>>


November 12, 2009

VDH Closes Bay Tributaries to Shellfish Harvesting

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that all tributaries to Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay are closed to shellfish harvesting due to severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Ida. The emergency closure is effective today through Nov. 18, 2009. The emergency closure also includes:

  • Eastern Shore bayside tributaries
  • Eastern Shore seaside tributaries west of and including the intracoastal waterway
  • All but the center portion of the lower James River, from Burwell Bay to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge more>>

October 15, 2009

Virginia Health Commissioner Kicks Off H1N1 Vaccination Program
Dr. Karen Remley also previews Commonwealth’s statewide media campaign encouraging vaccinations

Richmond, Va., October 15, 2009 – The Virginia Department of Health today kicked off its statewide media campaign and vaccination program for the H1N1 flu virus, vaccinating several members of the designated priority groups and unveiling a broad public awareness program designed to encourage Virginians to get vaccinated against the potentially lethal strain of flu. more>>


October 14, 2009

Central Region Health Directors Encouraging Parents to fill out H1N1 Vaccination Permission Forms

In an effort to protect the health of Central Virginia's children, the area's eight health district directors are encouraging all parents of school-age children to take advantage of the free novel H1N1 vaccination programs being offered in cooperation with K-12 schools throughout the region. The first step to doing so is to complete the novel H1N1 influenza vaccination form being sent home with students. While the vaccination is not mandatory, health officials are advising that everyone consider getting the vaccine. more>>


October 13, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMPLETES CRITICAL RESOURCE SHORTAGES PLANNING GUIDE AND IMPLEMENTATION TOOLKIT

October 13, 2009 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Troutman Sanders LLP announced today that they have completed a project funded by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the provision of medical services during a pandemic. more>>


October 9, 2009

INQUIRY CENTER OPEN ON COLUMBUS DAY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NOVEL H1N1 FLU

(RICHMOND, Va.)— In response to an increased number of calls about the novel H1N1 flu virus, the Virginia Department of Health Inquiry Center will remain open with regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Monday, October 12.

The toll-free number is 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). more>>


October 8, 2009

Governor Kaine Kicks Off "Countdown to the Restaurant Smoking Ban
– Critical health initiative to take effect December 1, 2009 –

With just about 50 days to go before the Commonwealth's landmark smoking ban goes into effect, Governor Timothy M. Kaine is joining dining patrons and community leaders across Virginia today to highlight restaurants that have already gone smoke-free. The new law-called "monumental" in one of the nation's biggest tobacco-producing states-takes effect December 1 and will prohibit smoking in nearly all restaurants across the Commonwealth. more>>


October 7, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health has modified several existing fish consumption advisories and added three new advisories due to polychlorinated biphenyls contamination and one new advisory due to mercury contamination. more>>


October 5, 2009

NOVEL H1N1 FLU COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT FOR BUSINESSES PRESENTED

(RICHMOND, Va.)— State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA addressed an audience of 725 Human Resource professionals at the Virginia Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) conference in Virginia Beach where she presented a novel H1N1 communication toolkit for businesses. Joining Dr. Remley was Cindy Hale, President of Virginia SHRM. more>>


October 2, 2009

FIRST SHIPMENTS OF NOVEL H1N1 INFLUENZA VACCINE ON THE WAY
Initial doses aimed at vaccinating health care and emergency medical services workers

(RICHMOND, Va.) — State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA has announced that the first shipments of novel H1N1 influenza vaccine are on the way to Virginia. The first “routine” shipment of novel H1N1 vaccine to Virginia is being preceded by a small shipment, expected to arrive within the next week, that will allow the vaccination of individuals in the priority categories to begin, and will also allow the Virginia Department of Health to validate both the national and state-level distribution systems. more>>


September 30, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health today reported the death of an adult male from the Thomas Jefferson Health District who was diagnosed with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, the novel H1N1 virus appears to have been a factor. The patient had an underlying health condition that put him at greater risk of complications from flu. more>>


September 25, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health reported the death today of an adult from the West Piedmont Health District who was diagnosed with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, the novel H1N1 virus appears to have been a factor. The patient had an underlying health condition that put him at greater risk of complications from flu. more>>


September 17, 2009

STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER HIGHLIGHTS MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST H1N1 VIRUS
~ Visits students in Danville to discuss preventive measures ~

DANVILLE – State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA today visted Grove Park Preschool in Danville, to discuss state preparations against the H1N1 virus and to see first hand how schools and local health departments are working together to prepare for the fall flu season. Joining Dr. Remley were Sherman H. Saunders, Mayor of the City of Danville, and Douglas Cox, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). more>>


September 11, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health reported the death today of a child from the Western Tidewater Health District who was diagnosed with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, the novel H1N1 virus appears to have been a factor. The patient had an underlying health condition that put her at greater risk of complications from flu. more>>


September 1, 2009

GOVERNOR KAINE HIGHLIGHTS MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST H1N1 VIRUS
- Vaccine will be made available to individuals who wish to be immunized -

Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced measures Virginia is undertaking to protect against the H1N1 flu virus. The state has developed an H1N1 action plan and vaccination will be a key part of the effort to protect Virginians. The Virginia Department of Health expects to begin immunizations among particularly susceptible groups upon receipt of the H1N1 vaccine in October. The VDH anticipates having enough vaccine to immunize everyone who wishes to protect themselves against this new flu strain. more>> 


August 17, 2009

Governor Kaine Announces Expanded H1N1 Call Center Support
– Increase Coincides With Opening of Schools –

RICHMOND --Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is expanding its call center to handle questions that Virginians may have about the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. The toll-free number is 1-877-275-8343 and will be answered during state business hours. The department will adjust hours as necessary to accommodate call volume. Virginians also are able to ask questions via e-mail through the VDH home page at www.vdh.virginia.gov. State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA said the call center's increased operations coincide with the opening of public schools across the state this month. more>>


July 22, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health reported the death today of a woman from the Prince William Health District who was diagnosed with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, also called swine flu. more>>


July 21, 2009

PARENTS SHOULD PREPARE STUDENTS NOW FOR INCREASED FLU ACTIVITY

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Parents of school-age children should prepare now for the possibility of increased flu activity as students return to class this fall. Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, had that message for the Virginia Parents Teachers Association this past week when 600 members of the statewide organization were in Richmond for their annual leadership conference. more>>


July 15, 2009

HEAT-RELATED CHILD DEATHS A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN
Medical Examiner’s Office says most deaths involved children left alone in a vehicle

(RICHMOND, Va.) Heat-related deaths among children who were confined in a motor vehicle are a significant child health and safety concern for the state, according to a new report from the Virginia Department of Health. more>>


July 8, 2009

MOST CHILD DEATHS FROM MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS ARE PREVENTABLE, MEDICAL EXAMINER REPORT SAYS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— A new report from the Virginia Department of Health found that most motor vehicle accidents that result in child deaths occur during the day, in clear weather conditions and on dry roads. The report, from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, also found that 56 percent of all children were not wearing some form of safety restraint equipment at the time of the accident compared to a statewide average of 30 percent for all motor vehicle occupants. more>>


July 2, 2009

PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST THE ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO

(Richmond, VA)—With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, now is the time when Virginians are focusing on the traditional activities of summer, including an increase in time spent outdoors for everything from barbecues to hiking to athletic events and days at the beach. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Mosquito Control Association (VMCA) are working together to increase public awareness about another, less enjoyable part of summer--the threat that mosquitoes pose to their health. more>>


July 1, 2009

SECOND DEATH IN VIRGINIA ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— A second death in Virginia associated with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, also called swine flu, was announced today by State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA.

The patient was an adult male from the Arlington Health District. Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, the H1N1 virus appears to have been a factor. The patient had an underlying medical condition that put him at greater risk of complications from flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 127 deaths in the nation caused by the new virus. There have been 332 deaths in laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases worldwide. more>>


June 29, 2009

VDH ADVISES SUMMER CAMPS ON PROTECTING AGAINST H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health recommends that day and residential summer camps in the Commonwealth follow a few simple steps to protect staff and campers from outbreaks of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. more>>


June 25, 2009

WHY BEING TESTED FOR HIV IS SO IMPORTANT

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The message is simple: get tested for HIV.

Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. In Virginia, the State Department of Health reports that one out of every 370 Virginians has the virus. Based on CDCnational estimates that 21 percent of those who are infected with HIV/AIDS are unaware of that, VDH estimates that 5,500 Virginias do not know that they are infected with HIV/AIDS. more>>


June 11, 2009

PANDEMIC DECLARATION MEANS VIRGINIANS NEED TO REMAIN VIGILANT IN H1N1 RESPONSE

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Earlier today, the World Health Organization raised its influenza pandemic alert from Phase 5 to Phase 6, reporting that confirmed cases of the novel Influenza A (H1N1) virus have now been found in 74 countries. In most countries, according to the WHO, the increase in cases can be attributed to “good surveillance and testing.” more>>


June 2, 2009

FIRST DEATH IN VIRGINIA ASSOCIATED WITH H1N1 VIRUS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The first death in Virginia associated with the new influenza A (H1N1) virus, also called swine flu, was announced today by State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA. more>>


May 11, 2009

NEW PROGRAM TARGETS OBESITY

(RICHMOND, Va.)—A new plan by the Virginia Department of Health seeks to reverse a 67 percent increase in the state’s adult obesity rate, a decade-long trend that has resulted in most adults in Virginia now being classified as either obese or overweight according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more>>


May 7, 2009

VDH TO POST CONFIRMED INFLUENZA A (H1N1) CASE COUNTS IN VIRGINIA ON WEB SITE

(RICHMOND, Va.) — Beginning today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will maintain counts of Influenza A (H1N1) virus cases on the VDH Web site. more>>


May 7, 2009

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES PLAYING VITAL ROLE IN H1N1 RESPONSE

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Public health nurses have been an important part of the state’s response to health emergencies including the current presence of the H1N1 influenza virus in Virginia, a point underscored today by Virginia’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Karen Remley, MD, MBA. more>>


May 6, 2009

11 CONFIRMED H1N1 A CASES IN VIRGINIA

The number of confirmed cases in Virginia of the new influenza A (H1N1), also known as “swine flu.” is now 11, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). more>>


May 4, 2009

NORFOLK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES PROBABLE CASE OF H1N1 INFLUENZA IN NORFOLK

(NORFOLK, Va.)—The acting Director of the Norfolk Department of Public Health, David Trump, MD, MPH, MPA, said today that the department received the laboratory report of a probable case in Norfolk of the new H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu. more>>


May 2, 2009

INFLUENZA A (H1N1) CASE CONFIRMED AT WASHINGTON AND LEE

(RICHMOND, Va.)— State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, announced today that one of the two probable new influenza A (H1N1) virus infections announced yesterday at Washington and Lee University in Lexington has been confirmed as influenza A (H1N1). more>>


May 1, 2009

PROBABLE NEW H1N1 FLU CASES AT WASHINGTON AND LEE

(RICHMOND, Va.)— State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, said today that there are two probable cases of infection with the new influenza A (H1N1) virus, also called “swine flu,” at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. more>>


April 30, 2009

VDH ANNOUNCES TWO CASES OF SWINE FLU IN VIRGINIA

(RICHMOND, Va.)—State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, said today that the state has received confirmation of its first two H1N1 flu cases, also called swine flu. more>>


April 24, 2009

VIRGINIA HEALTH OFFICIALS CLOSELY FOLLOWING SWINE FLU CASES

(Richmond, Va.) Following confirmation by U.S. health officials that cases of swine flu have been identified in California, Texas and Mexico, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is asking health care providers across the state to have a high index of suspicion regarding cases of influenza like illness. All of the cases reported in the U.S. have recovered. more>>


April 24, 2009

VIRGINIA HEALTH COMMISSIONER EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATIONS

(RICHMOND, Va.)—As cases of measles, chickenpox and other vaccine-preventable diseases are reported across the country and in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Health is urging residents to ensure that they and their families are vaccinated. more>>


April 21, 2009

VDH CONFIRMS MEASLES CASE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Prince William, Fairfax County Health Districts seek to identify those who may have been exposed to measles

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health today announced that a Prince William County resident has measles, the first confirmed case in the Commonwealth this year. more>>


April 20, 2009

METRO AREA HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURES ACROSS REGION: Northern Virginia Health Departments; Montgomery County, Md., Health Department; D.C. Health Department and Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are At Risk.

(Washington, D.C.)--Metro Washington area health officials are mounting a coordinated campaign to identify people who may have been exposed to new measles activity in the region. Potential public exposure sites are in Arlington County, Va.; Montgomery County, Md.; and the District of Columbia. more >>


March 31, 2009

HIGH NUMBER OF INFANT DEATHS LINKED TO UNSAFE SLEEPING CONDITIONS

(RICHMOND, Va.)— A report by Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner says that 12 infants died in 2007 as the direct result of an unsafe sleeping practice and as many as 49 other infants died in instances where unsafe sleeping conditions existed. Unsafe conditions are described as babies sleeping in the same bed with an adult or other children, babies sleeping on soft surfaces such as waterbeds, pillows, comforters or couches or babies sleeping in areas that include quilts, comforters, pillows or toys. The report said such conditions can result in suffocation. more>>


March 23, 2009

VDH UNVEILS NEW STROKE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL SHENANDOAH  

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health will pilot a new campaign this week in the Central Shenandoah Valley designed to reduce the region’s stroke mortality rate by increasing public awareness of stroke symptoms and the need to take immediate action. The “Give Me 5 for Stroke” educational campaign focuses on the five warning signs of a stroke: “walk, talk, reach, see and feel.” more>>


March 21, 2009

VDH BEGINS RECALL OF SOME MISSISSIPPI OYSTERS, WARNS CONSUMERS
Virginia-grown oysters not part of recall

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has begun recalling oysters harvested from one section of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast waters. The department said that it is notifying all shellfish dealers and food distributors in Virginia that oysters harvested from section 2C off of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast have been linked to an outbreak of norovirus in Tennessee. The health department said that oysters affected by the recall should be removed from most markets in Virginia by early next week. more>>


March 10, 2009

NEW STUDY LINKS MATERNAL DEATHS TO OBESITY

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Nearly seven out of 10 women who died from natural causes within a year after pregnancy were either obese or overweight, according to a new study of 64 such deaths in Virginia between 1999 and 2002. more>>


March 2, 2009

HEALTH OFFICIALS REMIND VIRGINIANS OF WARNING SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK DURING SNOW STORM CLEANUP

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Stress and strenuous physical activity can increase the risk of heart attacks among those experiencing the impacts of a natural disaster. As Virginians begin the task of recovery from the recent snow storm, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) asks those performing heavy physical activity to be aware of the warning signs of heart attacks. more>>


March 2, 2009

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT INJURIES AFTER SNOW STORM

(RICHMOND, Va.)— People in the areas affected by the recent snow storm will continue to face a number of hazards associated with cleanup activities. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers these tips to stay safe following a natural disaster. more>>


March 2, 2009

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF CARBON MONOXIDE DANGERS DURING SNOW STORM CLEANUP
Generator safety precautions can help prevent poisoning

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Use of gas-powered appliances and generators following the recent snow storm increases the number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases and fatalities. As Virginians begin turning to alternate means to provide electricity and cooking capabilities, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide exposure that can be a silent killer after a storm. more>>


February 5, 2009

NEW ROLE FOR FAITH LEADERS IN FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
National Black AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health calls on faith leaders to join a new wave of African American clergy supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS among black Virginians.

As National Black AIDS Awareness Day approaches on Feb. 7, the weight of HIV/AIDS still falls heavily on blacks in Virginia. Sixty-two percent of the approximately 21,000 Virginians living with HIV are black, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Black women account for 77 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth. Public health officials say that faith leaders and their institutions are essential to changing those trends. more>>


January 26, 2009

VDH APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

(RICHMOND, Va.)—State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, has appointed Mark. J. Levine, M.D., MPH, as the Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs.

The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for public health planning and preparation for naturally occurring and man made disasters and threats and for the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. This office plans and coordinates the statewide emergency medical services system, which includes 720 EMS agencies and 33,000 EMS providers covering every community in the state. The program licenses EMS community agencies, certifies service providers, designates trauma centers and inspects and issues permits for emergency medical service vehicles. more>>


January 14, 2009

HEALTH TIPS FOR ATTENDING THE INAUGURATION

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Many visitors plan to travel to our nation’s capital next week to join the festivities marking the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama. The Virginia Department of Health wants you to know how to ensure that if you plan to attend this historic event, your experience will be both healthy and enjoyable. more>>


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