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

| Apr 20, 2021

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 ]

Inmates in some districts to start getting vaccine Monday

Shawna De La Rosa | Jan 8, 2021

People living in correctional facilities will be among those eligible to start receiving the coronavirus vaccine in 11 health districts starting Monday. Governor Ralph Northam recently issued a directive to increase flexibility about who is eligible to receive vaccines and to speed up the commonwealth’s vaccination process.     While...[ Read More ]

COVID contact tracing efforts to be targeted at specific groups

Shawna De La Rosa | Dec 10, 2020

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced local health departments may need to prioritize contact tracing efforts for key elements of the population. During this time of significantly high case volume, traditional methods of contact tracing are less effective.     This means that some local health departments, as necessary, may not be...[ Read More ]

Virginia to distribute 480,000 vaccine doses by end of month

Shawna De La Rosa | Dec 4, 2020

Long-term care residents and front-line health care providers will be the first Virginia residents to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, which is approximately 500,000 individuals. The state is set to receive 480,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the month.     “(The) vaccine will be provided to Virginians...[ Read More ]

Virginia DOH launches K-12 COVID-19 outbreak dashboard

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 18, 2020

The Virginia Department of Health recently launched a dashboard to track coronavirus outbreaks in K-12 schools. The dashboard will only track outbreaks that are investigated by the local health departments, and will only report associated cases and deaths related to the school included.  Transmission must occur within the school facility...[ Read More ]