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2014 Statewide News Releases


June 30, 2014

Virginia Department of Health Kicks off Summer Food Program for Kids
Free Summer Meals for Kids are in Session

(Richmond, Va.) School may be out for the summer, but for many children across Virginia, hunger does not take a break. Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Virginia Department of Health, many children in Virginia are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer. more>>


June 24, 2014

VDH AND Walgreens collaboration offers free, Pharmacist-led
HIV testing statewide daily

(RICHMOND, Va.)- Getting an HIV test just got easier. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Walgreens recently announced a collaborative effort to offer rapid HIV testing at no charge through 2016 at select Walgreens locations throughout the Commonwealth. more>>


June 13, 2014

Cigarette Smoking among Va. High School Students Down
Latest Youth Survey Shows Continued Decline in Tobacco Use

RICHMOND The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Friday that youth smoking rates in Virginia have plummeted to an all-time low. more>>


June 3, 2014

Virginia Department of Health Issues Consumer Advisory on Marva Maid Milk Products Dated May 30 to June 2

(Richmond, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) advises consumers to not consume any Marva Maid Dairy milk in ½ pint containers with sell by dates from May 30 through June 2, 2014. This is advised due to an active investigation that began on May 28, 2014, when VDH received a complaint regarding milk with an off taste and odor from Henrico County School District in Richmond, Virginia. The school district reported several people feeling sick after drinking milk produced and distributed by Marva Maid Dairy located in Newport News, Virginia. more>>


May 23, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REOPENS UPPER RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced today that the upper portion of the Rappahannock River, closed to shellfish harvesting on May 17 due to heavy rains and flooding, is reopened effective immediately. This action returns all Rappahannock River harvest areas to the harvest status in effect prior to the May 17 emergency closure. more>>


May 21, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICIALS EXPAND INVESTIGATION OF POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURES
Virginia Department of Health Working with District of Columbia and Maryland

(Leesburg, Va.)— Out of an abundance of caution, health officials are investigating potential exposures to a second person with measles in the National Capital Region. This effort expands the recent investigation of a measles case in late April 2014 in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. The second case of measles was confirmed in a person who was a close contact of the first case. National Capital Region health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed to this second case. more>>


May 16, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLOSES PORTION OF RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

Second closure of area this month due to heavy rains

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of the Rappahannock River will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding. The emergency closure is effective May 17 through May 31, 2014, although the area may be reopened earlier if water quality monitoring results indicate that the area is no longer unsafe. more>>


May 16, 2014

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK CELEBRATES VIRGINIA’S DEDICATED PROVIDERS
May 18 - 24 is EMS Week in Virginia

(RICHMOND, Va.) During your most desperate hour of need, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel are one of the first responders to arrive on the scene. Providers are dedicated to delivering quality care from the time a call is received at the 911 center until the patient’s arrival at the hospital. Last year, EMS providers responded to nearly 1.3 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,521 incidents per day. more>>


May 12, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESCINDS EMERGENCY CLOSING OF UPPER RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced today that the emergency condemnation of the upper portion of the Rappahannock River is rescinded effective immediately. This action returns all Rappahannock River harvest areas to the harvest status in effect prior to the May 1 emergency closure. more>>


May 8, 2014

Health Commissioner Announces State and Regional Public Health Nurses of the Year
Fairfax, Chesterfield and Wise County Nurses Recognized for Outstanding Service

(RICHMOND, Va.)—State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Robert Hicks, Deputy Commission for Community Health Services and Joanne Wakeham, RN, PhD, Director, Public Health Nursing today recognized Laura Suzuki, public health nurse in the Fairfax County Health District, as Public Health Nurse of the Year for the Virginia Department of Health. more>>


May 6, 2014

VIRGINIA HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL MEASLES EXPOSURES IN TWO COUNTIES
Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk

(Leesburg, Va.)— Out of an abundance of caution, the Loudoun and Fairfax County Health Departments are informing people who were at various locations in Loudoun County and Fairfax County between April 23 and May 1, 2014 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 1, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLOSES A PORTION OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that a portion of the Rappahannock River will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding. The emergency closure is effective May 1 through May 15, 2014, though the area may be reopened earlier if water quality monitoring results indicate that the area is no longer unsafe. more>>


March 7, 2014

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION TO REDUCE HIV/AIDS
New campaign empowers women.

(Richmond, Va.) The most recent surveillance data collected by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)indicates that 6,600 women are living with HIV disease in Virginia.Forty-eight percent of those cases progressed to an AIDS diagnosis by the end of last year. This data shines a light on the impact that HIV has upon women. more>>


January 29, 2014

Enhancements to WIC Program will Benefit Participants and State
Virginia Issues EBT Cards and Launches New Management Information System

(Richmond, Va.) This past November, the Commonwealth of Virginia introduced a new system to manage eligibility and business functions for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), while simultaneously transitioning from a paper voucher system to an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT card, system. more>>


January 23, 2014

Funding Available for Organizations Serving Summer Meals to Virginia Children
Deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Food Service Program is April 25, 2014

(Richmond, VA) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is looking for financially viable organizations that can serve meals to children during the summer months. Organizations that participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will be reimbursed by VDH for the meals that are served. Participating sponsors will also be reimbursed for certain allowable administrative costs associated with serving the meals. In addition, all participating organizations receive technical assistance from VDH staff. All participating sponsors are required to attend the SFSP training provided by VDH. Training dates will be publicized on VDH’s SFSP website when finalized. more>>


January 6, 2014

Take Precautions in Extreme Cold Weather

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages everyoneto protect themselves against serious health problems that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold.

“When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, causing cold-weather health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia,” said State Health Commissioner Cynthia Romero, MD, FAAFP. “Neither of these conditions should be taken lightly, and all Virginians should take the necessary steps to lower their risk of exposure.” more>>


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