Virginia COVID Information Center
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has released his COVID-19 Action Plan and is encouraging all eligible Virginians to consider getting vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccinations and testing are available at Three Rivers Health District locations. Testing appointments should be made by calling 804-815-4191. Vaccination appointments can be made by clicking the link for the vaccination event below or by calling 804-815-4191. Residents of the Three Rivers Health District who are unable to leave their home to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to be vaccinated for free at home. Interested participants can call (804) 815-4191 to schedule an appointment. Please see Three Rivers' vaccine clinic schedule below in addition to other options to get vaccinated. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-home COVID-19 tests, which may be ordered here and usually ship within 7 to 12 days.
Reminder: Schedule Vaccination Appointment by Clicking Date & Location
*** Things to note when making an appointment-- All appointment confirmations will state Pfizer, however, we will administer whichever COVID vaccine you would like when you arrive for your appointment. Also parents/guardians must fill out vaccination appointment with their information when making an appointment for anyone under 12 years of age ***
August 9th - King William HD 172 Courthouse Ln, King William, VA 23085 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer ages 5+
August 11th - Richmond HD 5591 Richmond Rd, Warsaw, VA 22572 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer ages 5+
August 16th- Mathews HD 536 Church St, Mathews, Virginia 23109 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer ages 5+
August 17th – Middlesex HD 2780 General Puller Hwy, Saluda, VA 23149 8:30am-12pm Moderna ages 6mos-5yros; Moderna 12+; Pfizer 6mos-4yros; Pfizer 5+
August 18th- Essex HD 423 N Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA 22550 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer ages 5+
August 23rd- King & Queen HD 167 Courthouse Landing Rd King & Queen Courthouse, VA 23085 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer 5+
August 25th - Northumberland HD 6373 Northumberland Hwy Heathsville, VA 22473 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer 5+
August 30th- Westmoreland HD 18849 Kings Hwy, Montross, VA 22520 10am-12pm Moderna ages 12+ and Pfizer 5+
August 31st – Middlesex HD 2780 General Puller Hwy Saluda, VA 23149 3:00-5:00pm Moderna ages 6mos-5yros; Moderna 12+; Pfizer 6mos-4yros; Pfizer 5+
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years Old (Moderna & Pfizer)
Call your Local Health Department for Available Times & to Schedule an Appointment
August 1: Mathews County; (804) 725-7131
August 3: King William County; (804) 769-4988
August 3: Middlesex County; (804) 758-2381
August 4: King & Queen County; (804) 785-6154
August 5: Gloucester County; (804) 693-2445
August 5: Lancaster County; (804) 462-5197
August 8: Westmoreland County; (804) 493-1124
August 9: Richmond County; (804) 333-4043
August 9: Northumberland County; (804) 580-3731
August 9: Essex County; (804) 443-4076
August 15: Mathews County; (804) 725-7131
August 17: King William County; (804) 769-4988
August 17: Middlesex County; (804) 758-2381
August 18: King & Queen County; (804) 785-6154
August 19: Gloucester County; (804) 693-2445
August 19: Lancaster County; (804) 462-5197
August 22: Westmoreland County; (804) 493-1124
August 23: Richmond County; (804) 333-4043
August 23: Essex County; (804) 443-4076
August 23: Northumberland County; (804) 580-3731
August 29: Mathews County; (804) 725-7131
August 31: King William County; (804) 769-4988
August 31: Middlesex County; (804) 758-2381
Reminder: Testing appointments must be made by calling 804-815-4191
Wednesday, August 10th: Middlesex County Health Department – 8:30am-12pm -- By appointment only (Rapid or PCR) Call 804-815-4191
Wednesday, August 17th: Middlesex County Health Department – 8:30am-12pm -- By appointment only (Rapid or PCR) Call 804-815-4191
Saturday, August 20th: Lancaster Middle School --10am-12pm -- No appointment needed! - Drive-thru 24-48 hrs results return time
Saturday, August 27th: Lancaster Middle School --10am-12pm -- No appointment needed! - Drive-thru 24-48 hrs results return time
Wednesday, August 31st: Middlesex County Health Department – 8:30am-12pm -- By appointment only (Rapid or PCR) Call 804-815-4191
Health Director's Weekly COVID Briefing for the Week of August 8, 2022
- COVID-19 cases have decreased slightly across the United States over the past week: currently the nation is averaging about 117,500 known cases/day.
- Virginia (known) cases have decreased slightly over the past week; the current 7 day average is 2,800 cases/day.
- Three Rivers case numbers averaged about 33 cases/day in the district last week. We are still seeing COVID-19 outbreaks related to events and in vulnerable settings.
- By CDC criteria, and according to the latest available data, Mathews County remain at LOW COVID-19 levels. King and Queen, Essex, and Middlesex Counties are at HIGH COVID-19 levels. All other jurisdictions in Three Rivers Health District are at MEDIUM COVID-19 Community Levels. The CDC County COVID-19 Level map and County Check tool may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html
- If you live in an area of HIGH Community COVID-19 levels, the CDC recommends that you: Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.
- The 7 day average number of people hospitalized in Virginia with COVID 19 continued to increase; it is currently about 793. The number of people hospitalized is our best indicator of significant COVID-19 disease impact at this point in the pandemic.
- The Omicron BA.5 and BA.4 subvariants remain dominant across the United States, now accounting for about 93% of new COVID-19 cases. 5 is far more prevalent than BA.4. BA.4.6, a new variant, is on the rise, now accounting for about 4% of cases nationally. BA.4 and BA.5 are dominant in Virginia; latest available data indicate BA.4/5 comprise 91% of cases in the region where Virginia is located. BA.4.6 now accounts for about 5.6% of cases. These Omicron subvariants show increased transmission, immunity evasion and enhanced ability to cause reinfection. Nasal stuffiness and sore throat remain the predominant symptoms of BA.5 infection. It does not appear at this point that these variants lead to increased severity of disease on a case by case basis.
- There are no major changes to CDC guidance or other new developments.
- Vaccination remains our most powerful tool to limit COVID-19 infection and severe disease. Please visit http://vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA to find COVID-19 vaccination opportunities near you. Appointment opportunities in Three Rivers Health District vaccination clinics are available at the Three Rivers Health District Website under “Three Rivers Health District Vaccination Events”: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/three-rivers/. Appointments are also available by calling (804) 815-4191.
- VDH revised its quarantine guidance for COVID-19. Specifically, for non-high risk situations, if a person is exposed to COVID-19, but has (1) tested positive for and recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months, or (2) is up to date on vaccines, or both, that person will no longer be recommended to quarantine, but rather should monitor for symptoms and follow isolation protocols should they appear. Note that this varies slightly from CDC guidance, which defines the post-infection immunity period as 90 days. This change will apply to the general public, including but not limited to settings such as K-12 schools and early childhood education settings. VDH retained the 90-day standard for higher-risk situations, including healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. This change only pertains to quarantine recommendations for individuals and will not impact case surveillance/case classification process for purposes of reporting probable or confirmed cases to CDC. The recommendations for isolation with active disease or asymptomatic positive testing remain unchanged.
- On June 24, the CDC gave its approval to a recommendation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 years through 17 years. Virginia parents and guardians of older children and adolescents now have a second choice of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The CDC order requiring persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States was rescinded, effective on June 12, 2022 at 12:01AM ET. This means that air passengers do not need to get tested and show the COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
- Both vaccination and COVID-19 infection provide strong protection from serious COVID-19 disease; protection becomes less effective at about the 4-6 month interval due to waning immunity and variant evasion. Booster doses successfully restore immunity levels that are “highly effective at preventing COVID-19–associated emergency department and urgent care encounters”. The relevant CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report can be viewed here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7104e3.htm?s_cid=mm7104e3_w
- Governor Youngkin is a strong advocate of COVID-19 vaccination. His COVID-19 Action Plan includes encouraging vaccinations and prioritizing testing guidelines to mitigate supply chain shortages. The plan may be viewed here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/COVID-19-Action-Plan.pdf
- CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older, if eligible.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have specific recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
- Use CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool to learn if and when you can get boosters to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html#when-you-can-get-booster
- COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to use the latest data related to safety and how well vaccines work, including over time and against new variants: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html#recommendations
- The VDH Treatment Locator Tool provides locations that may have COVID-19 treatments; please note not all sites will have appointment availability or treatments available. Provider prescription is required for monoclonal antibodies, pre-exposure prophylaxis (prevention), and oral antiviral pills. Many administration sites listed on the locator require a physician referral and an appointment. The locator tool can be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mabs/covid-19-treatment-locator/
- The CDC published a study, “Effectiveness of Face Mask or Respirator Use in Indoor Public Settings for Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 Infection – California, February – December 2021” on Friday, February 4. The study found that “Consistent use of a face mask or respirator in indoor public settings was associated with lower odds of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result. Use of respirators with higher filtration capacity was associated with the most protection, compared with no mask use”. People who wish to protect themselves and their families at the highest available level from COVID-19 while in public can do so by wearing a KN-95 or N-95 mask. The revised CDC mask guidance may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html
- In addition to vaccination, the layering of other public health recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., masking, distancing, hand washing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, getting testing and isolating at home as appropriate) remain important. Everyone should continue to keep up good prevention practices to protect themselves and others.
- Vaccines will remain readily available to all unvaccinated individuals and individuals eligible for boosters as our highest priority. We recommend COVID 19 vaccination for everyone eligible.
If you have an appointment at the Health Department:
Please stay in your vehicle and call us at 804.758.2381
We will arrange to meet you via appointment or to provide service by telephone or email.
If you have a fever or cough, please return home and visit us when you are well.
THREE RIVERS HEALTH DISTRICT is a 10 county Virginia Department of Health district for Virginia’s beautiful Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. This 2,000 square mile area is located between the waters of the Potomac, Rappahannock, and York Rivers and borders the Chesapeake Bay on the east. Our public health professionals serve a population of approximately 140,000, including 2 Native American reservations, 9 incorporated towns, and a large number of visitors.
Whether you are a resident here, just visiting the area, or thinking of relocating your family or business, I hope that you will take time to explore our website and Annual Report to see the many ways our health professionals keep our communities and shorelines healthy and safe. Building healthy communities is our mission.