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Virginia Department of Health updated COVID-19 cases by vaccination status to better inform public of vaccine effectiveness

| Aug 24, 2021

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) updated its COVID-19 Cases by Vaccination Status dashboard on Monday, August 23, 2021, to more accurately represent the impact of vaccinations on infection rates in the Commonwealth. The primary change will be reporting rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths by vaccination status — fully vaccinated, partially...[ Read More ]

VDH commends FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine

| Aug 23, 2021

Upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula quickly voiced his support. The vaccine was granted full licensure for people aged 16 and older, and continues to be authorized for emergency use for people aged 12-15, according...[ Read More ]

Health care insiders review Virginia special session

| Aug 13, 2021

The passing of the budget bill during Virginia’s special legislative session this month will bring over $3.1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the Commonwealth over the next year. State leaders shared their thoughts with State of Reform on the success of the special session and...[ Read More ]

Northam announces vaccine mandate for state employees ahead of Delta variant surge

| Aug 5, 2021

Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday that starting September 1, state employees must disclose their vaccination status and unvaccinated individuals must undergo weekly testing. This new mandate, following the federal mandate President Joe Biden set last week, would affect 122,000 Virginians.      With the Delta variant now accounting for over...[ Read More ]

New public health lab, electronic health records system, among Virginia ARPA funding proposals

| Jul 19, 2021

On August 2, the General Assembly will convene a special session to determine the allocations of $4.3 billion in relief funds the Commonwealth will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).      Gov. Ralph Northam and state legislators previously stated the Commonwealth should use the funding to get...[ Read More ]

VDH announces new dashboard to show COVID-19 cases by vaccination status and to track COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases

| Jul 9, 2021

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 in Virginia dashboards now include information on the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status. They also include data to track COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Vaccine breakthrough means someone who is fully vaccinated develops COVID-19. State Health Commissioner M. Norman...[ Read More ]