2024 Regional News Releases

February 16, 2023

Mount Rogers Health District Launches Community Needs Assessment Survey to Shape Future Initiatives

(MARION, Va.) The Mount Rogers Health District (MRHD) is excited to announce the release of its Community Needs Assessment (CHA) Survey.  The CHA is a comprehensive initiative aimed at understanding the unique needs and priorities of the community. The community survey is a crucial step towards developing tailored programs and services that address the challenges and goals of the residents served by the health department. more>>


February 14, 2024

Virginia Department of Health Rescinds Shellfish Harvesting Closure Order

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced today that a portion of Cockrell Creek in Northumberland County, previously closed to shellfish harvesting on January 12, 2024, due to a release of untreated sewage impacting water quality in the area, will reopen effective Thursday, February 15, 2024. more>>


February 14, 2024

Central Shenandoah Health District Announces New Walk-In STI Testing at the Harrisonburg Rockingham Health Department

(STAUNTON, Va.) Beginning February 20, the Central Shenandoah Health District will offer Test & Go clinics at the Harrisonburg Rockingham Health Department every third Tuesday of the month. Test & Go clinics offer after-hours walk-in testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) once a month. Individuals can receive free testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and HIV at these clinics. Testing is available to everyone at no cost. Patients can expect to be in and out of the clinic in 15 minutes or less. more>>


February 12, 2023

Mount Rogers Health District Celebrates Progress in 2023 Annual Report

(MARION, Va.) The Mount Rogers Health District is thrilled to release its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting significant achievements in public health, with a particular emphasis on addressing substance use disorder, community outreach events, and positive outcomes in BabyCare, Family Planning, and WIC programs. more>>


February 5, 2023

Mount Rogers Health District Repeats Recognition Through National “Project Public Health Ready” Program

(MARION, Va.) The Mount Rogers Health District (MRHD) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. The Mount Rogers Health District demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MRHD joins a cohort of more than 550 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region. more>>


January 30, 2024

Cumberland Plateau Health District Recognized Through the National “Project Public Health Ready” Program

(LEBANON, Va.) – The Cumberland Plateau Health District (CPHD) has once again been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Cumberland Plateau Health District demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cumberland Plateau Health District joins a cohort of more than 550 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region. more>>


January 29, 2024

Central Shenandoah Health District Recognized by National “Project Public Health Ready” Association

(STAUNTON, Va.) – Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. CSHD demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CSHD joins a cohort of more than 550 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region. more>>


January 25, 2024

Rappahannock Area Health District Recognized Through National “Project Public Health Ready” Recognition Program

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. RAHD demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). RAHD joins a cohort of more than 550 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region. more>>


January 22, 2024

West Piedmont Health District Receives “Project Public Health Ready” Recognition

(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) – The West Piedmont Health District (WPHD) is being recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. more>>


January 16, 2023

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLOSES A PORTION OF COCKRELL’S CREEK TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that Cockrell’s Creek in Northumberland County is closed to shellfish harvesting due to a sewage release.  Because these waters can be contaminated with pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses, shellfish taken from the area affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption.  The temporary emergency closure is effective beginning January 12, 2024. more>>


January 12, 2024

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CLOSES PORTIONS OF THE JAMES AND RAPPAHANNOCK RIVERS TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health announced today that portions of the James River and Rappahannock River are closed to shellfish harvesting due to significant river flooding. Because floodwaters can be contaminated with pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses, shellfish taken from the area affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption. The temporary emergency closure is set to be effective from January 13, 2024, through January 22, 2024. more>>