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2016 Statewide News Releases

April 5, 2016


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

February 26, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Creates Task Force to Address Zika Virus
~State and local officials will coordinate on mosquito surveillance and control programs~

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the creation of a statewide task force to guide preparedness initiatives related to Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness. Led by the Virginia Department of Health, the group will be responsible for coordinating with Virginia localities on mosquito surveillance and control programs prior to the start of mosquito season on May 1. more>>

February 25, 2016

Health Officials Stress Post-Storm Illness and Injury Prevention

(RICHMOND, Va.) As cleanup efforts get underway following the February 24th damaging storms and tornadoes in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health reminds everyone to take special precautions to prevent injuries and illness. more>>

January 28, 2016

Funding Available for Organizations Serving Summer Meals to Virginia Children

(Richmond, Va.) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is requesting assistance from 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. more>>

January 26, 2016

Virginia Resident Tests Positive for Zika Virus after Travel in Zika-Affected Country

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is alerting the public of the potential for contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad. Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Although Zika virus illness is usually mild, and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises there is a possible association between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects. more>>

January 23, 2016

Virginia Department of Health Provides Guidance on Preventing Snow-related Injury and Illness

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Now that Winter Storm Jonas has arrived, the Virginia Department of Health offers these tips for staying safe whether enjoying the snow or doing cleanup activities: more>>

January 12, 2016

Chief Medical Examiner Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Skeletal Remains
Facial Models of Individuals Shown in Hopes of Closing Cold Cases

(Richmond, Va.) —The Chief Medical Examiner today unveiled the facial approximations of eight individuals found dead in the central Virginia area, but who have not yet been identified. The facial models represent the five men and three women whose remains were found in separate locations between 1972 and 2014. There are currently 283 unidentified people statewide, with some remains dating back to the 1960s. more>>

January 11, 2016

Total of 2,239 Travelers Screened

(Richmond, Va.)—Following the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) announcing that on December 28, 2015 that Guinea is designated free of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) discontinued its post-arrival, active monitoring program. Guinea’s designation follows the same designation for Sierra Leone (November 9, 2015) and Liberia (June 17, 2015). This active monitoring occurred seven days a week and included, at a minimum, education, having the individual sign a voluntary agreement for monitoring, and daily symptom checks. more>>

January 4, 2016


(Richmond, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (VDH-OMHHE) today announced the launch of an updated version of the Virginia Health Opportunity Index (HOI). The HOI is an online mapping tool of community health influences that allows advocates, citizens and providers to view the many factors that affect health across the Commonwealth. more>>

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