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

Are you looking for a COVID-19 test?
Here are some ways to access a COVID-19 test:
Call your primary care provider at Eastern Shore Rural Health or Riverside
CVS Pharmacy in Onley https://www.cvs.com/
Walgreens Pharmacy in Exmore https://www.walgreens.com/
Order your FREE at-home COVID-19 tests at https://www.covidtests.gov

1-877-VAX-IN-VA • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
1-877-829-4682

Upcoming Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

Starting in June, instead of holding our COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the health department, we will now provide these vaccines through home visits only. Appointments will be available for:

Accomack County - June 8th and June 22nd

Northampton County - June 14th and June 28th

The Health Department has Moderna and J&J vaccines available for first or second doses, third doses (for those who are immunocompromised) or boosters for those 18 years and older. All vaccines are free.

To schedule your appointment, or if you have any questions, please contact Laurie Laird at Laurie.Laird@vdh.virginia.gov or call 757-710-0277.

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/

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms, are 65 years of age or older, or under 65 years of age and have comorbidities that increase your risk for COVID-19 to become more severe, you may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatments. Please talk to your physician about receiving this treatment. You can find more information about it here:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/treatments-are-available-for-covid-19/

Infant Formula Information

What To Do If You Can’t Find Infant Formula

 

Infant formula has become difficult to find in the last month.  The reason is the temporary shutdown by the FDA of the plant that manufactures roughly half of the U.S. supply.  The FDA is busy attempting to get the plant reopened, but until that occurs, supplies of formula will be less than normal.  This document is intended to help parents and caregivers of infants under one year of age to navigate the shortage, while ensuring the best possible nutrition for their babies.  What follows is a list of Dos and Don’ts, when you’re having trouble finding baby formula.

 

IF FORMULA IS HARD TO FIND:

DOs:

  1. Do check with your baby’s physician or healthcare provider for any questions, especially if your baby is on a restricted diet or has any medical conditions.
  2. Do call ahead to nearby stores to find the ones that have formula before you travel.
  3. Do check smaller markets and drug stores when the big box stores and supermarkets are out.
  4. Do consider purchasing formula on-line if you can afford it.  Only purchase from well-established distributors and pharmacies.
  5. Do purchase only a 10-14-day supply each time.  It appears unlikely that the supply is going to run out, and hoarding will only make shortages worse.
  6. Do purchase alternate or store-brand formulas if your baby is not on a restricted diet and has no major health problems.
  7. Do check with social media support groups for help finding formula vendors, check with your baby’s healthcare provider before purchasing.
  8. Do contact your local health department or WIC office for their recommendations for your community.  Go to Local Health Districts and click on part of the map that contains your location, or call locally.

 

DON’Ts:

  1. Don’t purchase formula on-line from private vendors or auctions.  You won’t know what you’re actually getting, and there is little or no control over pricing.
  2.  Don’t purchase formula from foreign or overseas locations.  These products will not be FDA cleared, and may contain contaminants or ingredients inappropriate for your baby.
  3. Don’t feed homemade formula from a recipe.  Even if only safe ingredients are used, these formulas will not provide adequate nutrition.
  4. Don’t water down or dilute your existing formula as your baby will not get adequate nutrition.
  5. Don’t feed your baby any plant-based milks as they lack many key nutrients.

 

SPECIAL SITUATIONS:

  1. If your baby is 6 to 12 months of age and has no health or dietary problems, you may feed your baby cow’s milk for short periods until you can obtain proper formula.  This recommendation is for urgent situations only and should not be done for a prolonged period.  
  2. If you are still pregnant but will deliver soon, please give extra consideration to breastfeeding.  Most women can breastfeed, and you are likely to avoid the formula shortage altogether.  For more information, see Breastfeeding or CDC Breastfeeding Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  or Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition.

REMEMBER:  talk to your baby’s healthcare provider with any questions.

OTHER HELPFUL SITES:

Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage | HHS.gov

With the baby formula shortage, what should I do if I can't find any? - HealthyChildren.org

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