Conversations on equitable distribution and vaccinating kids were at the forefront of the Maryland Senate Vaccine Oversight Work Group meeting on Monday. The work group, which Senate President Bill Ferguson (D – Baltimore City) convened in January 2021, monitors the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state and discusses efforts to ensure efficiency and equitable access. … Read more

An undercount of COVID-19 hospitalizations in children on the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) COVID-19 dashboard has been corrected. VDH officials attributed the miscount to a code error.      On Monday, the dashboard showed 380 total hospitalizations for children under 18 during the pandemic.  These hospitalization numbers were part of the dashboard’s expansion on … Read more

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) applauds President Biden’s initiatives, announced September 9, to meet the growing challenge of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, which is now powering a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States and in Virginia. With the U.S. averaging close to 150,000 cases and about 1,500 deaths per day, … Read more

A group of Virginia Tech researchers are working towards a new way to combat opioid use disorder: with a vaccine.  Medication assisted treatment (MAT), which includes a combination of medications and behavioral counseling, may be used to treat an individual already suffering from opioid use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). … Read more

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 vaccinated, and unvaccinated. The new … Read more

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 to Avula.      Avula … Read more

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 next steps.     Delegate … Read more

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 70% of COVID cases in … Read more