Eastern Shore Health District

Eastern Shore Health District

Our mission is to prevent illness and disease, protect the environment, and promote optimal health and emergency preparedness for everyone on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We are people of the community, for the community.

Our vision is to drive Virginia's Eastern Shore to the peak of personal, environmental, and community health, setting an example for others to follow.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

Free Community Testing Events for COVID-19 this week:
Monday, January 24, 1-3PM at Four Corner Plaza in Onley
25308 Lankford Hwy, Onley, VA 23418
Thursday, January 27, 1-3PM at Four Corner Plaza in Onley
25308 Lankford Hwy, Onley, VA 23418

COVID-19 testing may be available at the locations below - click on the link to schedule your testing appointment.
CVS Pharmacy in Onley https://www.cvs.com/
Walgreens Pharmacy in Exmore https://www.walgreens.com/

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics this week:

The Health Department has Moderna and J&J vaccines available for first or second doses, third doses (for those who are immunocompromised) or boosters. All vaccines are free.

Tuesday, January 18 - 3:00 until 6:00 PM - Northampton County Health Dept., 7114 Lankford Hwy., Nassawadox, VA 23413

Wednesday, January 19 - 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM - Accomack County Health Dept., 23191 Front St., Accomac, VA 23301

These are walk in clinics for anyone 18 years and older and no pre-registration or appointment is required. You will be registered when you arrive and vaccinated onsite. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Laird at Laurie.Laird@vdh.virginia.gov or call 757-787-5880.

For parents interested in having children 5 years old to 17 years old vaccinated, please contact any Eastern Shore Rural Health Center at the numbers below:

  • Atlantic Community Health Center - 757-824-5676
  • Chincoteague Community Health Center - 757-336-3682
  • Eastville Community Health Center - 757-331-1086
  • Onley Community Health Center - 757-787-7374

Local pharmacies currently providing COVID vaccine are listed below:

  • Walmart, Onley - register at walmart.com or through the Walmart App on your smartphone
  • Rayfield's Pharmacy, Cape Charles - register through healthmartcovidvaccine.com
  • Walgreens, Onley - register at walgreens.com, through the Walgreens App or call 757-787-7154
  • Walgreens, Exmore - register at walgreens.com, through the Walgreens App or call 757-442-8542
  • CVS, Onley - register at cvs.com or through the CVS App


What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

People with COVID-19 can still spread the virus even if they don't have symptoms. It's important to notify any close contacts you have had as early as possible so they can help minimize the spread. Start by making a list of people you have been in close contact with. This means anyone who you were within 6 feet for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Be sure to remember the people in your household, people at work or school, people you may have seen socially, people at the salon or barber shop or gym or place of worship, and people you may have ridden in a car with.

You can call, text or email your contacts. If you would like to stay anonymous, you can use an online tool at www.tellyourcontacts.org

Here's an example of what to say:

"Hi. I need to talk to you about something important. Do you have a few minutes to talk privately? I tested positive for COVID-19 on [this date]. We spent time together on [this date] and I wanted to let you know so you can monitor your health and protect your family and friends."


For more information, please see https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/infected/

January 10, 2022 Press Release

Joint Statement on COVID-19 from the Eastern Shore Health District, Eastern Shore Rural Health and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital

Shore Residents Urged to Get Vaccinated or Boosted and Take Other Precautions

COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically over the last two weeks on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Per the Eastern Shore Health District as of December 23, 2021, the Shore was experiencing an average of 10 new cases each day. As of January 6, 2022, the average is now more than 60 new cases each day, and it is continuing to rise rapidly. 

The Eastern Shore Health District, Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital continue to coordinate efforts to combat COVID-19. “As COVID cases rise we are adjusting provider schedules to free up as much time as possible to tend to people who are sick with COVID symptoms and other seasonal illnesses,” said Matt Clay, CEO of Rural Health.

Testing availability is currently an issue. “We continue to add as many opportunities as we can for testing but supply is limited and cannot meet the current testing demand. The best method to prevent further spread is to stay home when feeling ill,” said Jon Richardson, COO for the Eastern Shore Health District.

Getting vaccinated is an important step to protect yourself from COVID. “A majority of our hospitalized COVID patients continue to be unvaccinated; emphasizing the success vaccination and boosters offer to effectively prevent severe illness and hospitalization. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to become fully vaccinated, including a booster, to protect yourself, your loved ones and the Shore community,” said Nick Chuquín, President of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

All eligible Shore residents are urged to get vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19. Additionally, please wear a face mask indoors and social distance. People who are sick should assume they have COVID, isolate, and get tested. Omicron's symptoms include a sore throat, headache, general malaise, congestion, and fatigue. Go here for the latest COVID information:

#IGotMyShot #VaccinateVirginia


Eastern Shore Health District COVID Care Coordinator Laurie Laird with our Vaccinate Virginia photo backdrop! Come get your vaccine, and take a photo to share with your friends and family!




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