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COVID-19 P.1 variant cases detected in two Virginians

| Apr 20, 2021 | Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the first cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant P.1 have been identified in two samples from Virginia residents. One case was identified in an adult resident of the Northwest Region who had a history of domestic travel during the exposure period and the second...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Capitol insiders, How COVID has changed us, Plan-provider relations

| Apr 20, 2021 | Virginia

Next week is our 2021 Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference with more than 60 speakers curated for you. These are some of the most important leaders in Virginia health care and health policy. This newsletter features things that we think are important to watch. And, our Convening Panel has told...[ Read More ]

Virginia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Opens for All Adults on Sunday

| Apr 16, 2021 | Virginia

As Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month, all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, April 18. This expansion of eligibility comes as Virginia reaches a new milestone in its vaccination program—approximately half of all adults in the Commonwealth have received at least...[ Read More ]

Office of Equity highlights recent wins in racism battle

| Apr 16, 2021 | Virginia

Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity updated community members on several key initiatives and new legislation that will help improve equity in the commonwealth, including a bill that recognizes racism as a public health crisis     Kasongo Butler, program manager for Elite Business...[ Read More ]

Hospital inpatient rates plummet during pandemic

| Apr 15, 2021 | Virginia

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 10% drop in inpatient volumes in 2020 and a 31% volume drop within the first four weeks of the first reported case, according to data presented in a Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association online event.     Inpatient volumes increased somewhat around Memorial Day, but...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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