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Northam appoints Finley, others, to state health posts

| Apr 12, 2021 | Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam appointed Catie Finley as deputy secretary of Health and Human Resources Friday. Since December 2019, Finley served as assistant secretary of Health and Human Resources.     Prior to joining the Northam administration, Finley was professional staff for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health...[ Read More ]

Reports: Virginia among most prepared for emergencies

| Apr 9, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia was recognized as one of the states most prepared for emergencies, according to the Ready or Not 2021: Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism report  and the 2020 National Health Security Index. It also recognizes the commonwealth as one of the “most prepared” among the states...[ Read More ]

American Sign Language service added to vaccine information site

| Apr 9, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health is offering a COVID-19 vaccine information service for Deaf and hard of hearing Virginians who use American Sign Language. The commonwealth partnered with Connect Direct to provide information in ASL for the Vaccinate Virginia Call Center.     Virginia is the first state to provide...[ Read More ]

General Assembly passes $52B 2022 budget

| Apr 8, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly passed the $52.4 billion fiscal year 2022 budget, HB588, which is higher than the $49 billion budget pitched by Gov. Larry Hogan in late January.     Delegate Maggie McIntosh called the bill “a bipartisan, historic act which will lift our state out of the pandemic...[ Read More ]

Pitt County to participate in antigen test study

| Apr 8, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a community health initiative called “Say Yes! COVID Test” in Pitt County in collaboration with state and local health departments. The initiative will eventually include Chattanooga, Tenn., and provide up to 160,000 residents with free, rapid self-administered antigen tests. They can...[ Read More ]

Senate confirms Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of Health

| Apr 7, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland Senate confirmed Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of Health in a 45-2 vote with Sens. Clarence Lam and Mary Washington being the two dissenters.     Schrader stepped into the role of Acting Secretary of Health after Robert R. Neall retired on Dec. 1. The choice was seen...[ Read More ]

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