Central Virginia Health District

Central Virginia Health District logo and "Serving Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell. Kerry Gateley, MD, MPH, CPE District Health Director"

We nurture the community's wellbeing by practicing public health, meeting the needs of the present while planning for the future.

 

ATTENTION: ALL CENTRAL VIRGINIA OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY MAY 18th, 2024, for Staff Development Day. All offices will reopen Monday May 20th, 2024.

The 2023 Annual Report is Here!

The Annual Report gives insight into the health district's accomplishments and sustainable development throughout 2023. This report highlights each of our departments, offices, and how we work together as a district.

Special Public Health News

Are you pregnant or Postpartum up to two years? Join us for our:

FREE COMMUNITY BABY SHOWERS

Limited spots available. Preference will be given to the first 20 registrants for each 'event', you will receive confirmation of your registration. For all events, check in will start at 5pm, and the event will be held from 5:30-7:30pm.

Appomattox County: Monday August 5th, 2024- Appomattox Inn and Suites (447 Old Courthouse Rd, Appomattox, VA 24522)

Bedford County: Monday July 15th, 2024- Event Completed

Campbell County: Monday July 22nd, 2024- Event Registration FULL

Lynchburg City: Monday June 10th, 2024- Event Completed

Amherst County: Monday June 24th, 2024- Event Completed

What you get for attending our FREE event:

*FREE drawings remaining: Stroller, or 5 in 1 XL Large Baby Gym and Ball Pit.

*Each participant will receive a catered Chick-Fil-A dinner (children included), travel reimbursement in the form of a Sheetz or Uber gift card, free childcare onsite for children 2+ (children under 2 are welcome, but we ask that they stay with you during the event), freebies, and a $50 PAID onsite focus group opportunity.

Meningitis (MenACWY) Vaccine Clinics

Special Public Health News

Meningitis (MenACWY) Vaccine Clinics

Friday July 19th, 2024

9:30-11:15am

By Appointment Only 

Amherst County Health Department

224 2nd St, Amherst, VA 24521

Phone: (434) 946-9408

Appomattox County Health Department

475 Court St, Appomattox, VA 24522

Phone: (434) 352- 2313

Friday August 2nd, 2024

9:30-11:15am

By Appointment Only 

Bedford County Health Department

600 Bedford Ave, Bedford, VA 24523

Phone: (540) 586-7952

Campbell County Health Department

116 Kabler Ln, Rustburg, VA 24588

Phone: (434) 592-9550

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Addressing the public health needs of the present while planning for the future of the CVHD

Ticks are everywhere here in Central Virginia! Not only will they bite us but they will bite our dogs and can give them some of the same diseases that they can give us! It’s important to do what we can and to keep an eye on them to make sure they stay safe. #TickFreeThursday ... See MoreSee Less
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REPOSTAmherst County FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2024Media Contact: Linda Scarborough, PIO Western Region, Linda.Scarborough@vdh.virginia.gov𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐀𝐥𝐠𝐚𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐦𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 Amherst County, Va. – Mill Creek Lake in Amherst County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom (HAB). The Virginia Department of Health is warning citizens to stay out of the water and to keep their pets and children out as well. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake 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.People and pets are advised to avoid swimming, as well as other activities that pose a risk of ingesting water. Due to low body weight, children and pets are at greater risk of severe illness if the water is ingested. Activities such as boating may continue with proper precaution in advisory areas. 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 may produce irritating compounds or toxins. Avoid discolored water or scums that are green or bluish-green because they are more likely to contain toxins.To prevent illness, people should:• Avoid contact with any area of the lake where water is green or an advisory sign is posted,• WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY OUT!• Not allow children or pets to drink from natural bodies of water.• Keep children and pets out of the areas experiencing a harmful algae bloom and quickly wash them off with plenty of fresh, clean water after coming into contact with algae scum or bloom water.• Seek medical/veterinarian care if you or your animals experience symptoms after swimming in or near an algal bloom.• Properly clean fish by removing skin and discarding all internal organs and cook fish to the proper temperature to ensure fish fillets are safe to eat. The area to avoid can be seen on an interactive Harmful Algal Bloom map. To lift advisories, there must be two acceptable samples collected at least 10 days apart. District health departments may accept results for samples collected less than 10 days apart at their discretion. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, which includes the VDH, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Old Dominion University Phytoplankton Laboratory, will continue to monitor water quality in the lake. In general, advisories will be lifted following two consecutive test results with acceptable levels for algal cell counts and/or toxin concentration.Contact the Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline at 1-888-238-6154 if you suspect you experienced health-related effects following exposure to a bloom.Visit www.SwimHealthyVA.com to learn more about harmful algae blooms or to report an algae bloom or fish kill. ... See MoreSee Less
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‼️ 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐀𝐥𝐠𝐚𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐦𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 🦠 Be advised to the latest updates regarding Harmful Algae Bloom in Amherst County's Mill Creek Lake Below. ‼️FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2024Media Contact: Linda Scarborough, PIO Western Region, Linda.Scarborough@vdh.virginia.gov 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐀𝐥𝐠𝐚𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐦 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐦𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐝 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 Amherst County, Va. – Mill Creek Lake in Amherst County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom (HAB). The Virginia Department of Health is warning citizens to stay out of the water and to keep their pets and children out as well. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake 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.People and pets are advised to avoid swimming, as well as other activities that pose a risk of ingesting water. Due to low body weight, children and pets are at greater risk of severe illness if the water is ingested. Activities such as boating may continue with proper precaution in advisory areas. 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 may produce irritating compounds or toxins. Avoid discolored water or scums that are green or bluish-green because they are more likely to contain toxins.To prevent illness, people should:• Avoid contact with any area of the lake where water is green or an advisory sign is posted,• WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY OUT!• Not allow children or pets to drink from natural bodies of water.• Keep children and pets out of the areas experiencing a harmful algae bloom and quickly wash them off with plenty of fresh, clean water after coming into contact with algae scum or bloom water.• Seek medical/veterinarian care if you or your animals experience symptoms after swimming in or near an algal bloom.• Properly clean fish by removing skin and discarding all internal organs and cook fish to the proper temperature to ensure fish fillets are safe to eat. The area to avoid can be seen on an interactive Harmful Algal Bloom map. To lift advisories, there must be two acceptable samples collected at least 10 days apart. District health departments may accept results for samples collected less than 10 days apart at their discretion. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, which includes the VDH, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Old Dominion University Phytoplankton Laboratory, will continue to monitor water quality in the lake. In general, advisories will be lifted following two consecutive test results with acceptable levels for algal cell counts and/or toxin concentration.Contact the Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline at 1-888-238-6154 if you suspect you experienced health-related effects following exposure to a bloom.Visit www.SwimHealthyVA.com to learn more about harmful algae blooms or to report an algae bloom or fish kill. ... See MoreSee Less
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Contact the Central Virginia Health District:

Address: 
307 Alleghany Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501
General Email: 
AskCVHD@vdh.virginia.gov
Email for food inspection/permits, well and septic, and rabies:
LynchburgEH@vdh.virginia.gov
Phone:
434 - 477 - 5900
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