VA and West VA Attorney Generals joining multistate lawsuit

Attorney Generals from both Virginia and West Virginia are joining the multistate lawsuit challenging the

transportation mask mandates on airplanes and other public transportation. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is

leading the multistate action and asking for the mask mandate to be dropped and for permanent injunction against

enforcement. Along with counterparts in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi,

Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah.

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Gov. Youngkin praises the lifting of COVID restrictions at work

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin praised the Department of Labor and Industry’s Worker Safety Board for removing COVID-19 workplace restriction.

The board voted to remove unnecessary restrictions in the workplace after evaluating the current COVID-19 infections in Virginia.

The board determined that the virus no longer poses a grave danger to Virginians.

The governor called the move a signal of a return to normalcy in the state.

In the governor’s words the move shows that the state is moving beyond the pandemic and is undeniably open for business.

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VH implements Level Yellow visitation

In an email from Valley Health (VH) Public Relations Manager Carol Weare it was announced that visitation to VH Hospitals has gone from level red to level yellow as of today Mon. Mar. 14.

This is due largely to the recent decrease in COVID-19 cases and admissions.

Two of a patient’s care partners can now stay at the bedside of adults in surgical or critical care units.

The exception is when a patient is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 then only one care partner is allowed.

In labor or delivery units a third person is allowed for a baby’s delivery.

All care partners must be at least 18 years of age and designated by the patient.

All care partners must also follow all VH health and safety guidelines.

A complete definition of Level Yellow status is found at valleyhealthlink.com.

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CDC list all of LFHD as low COVID-19 Transmission Counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have listed all counties in the Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) as a low COVID-19 transmission rate area.

Under the new guidelines by the CDC of Low, Medium or High transmission rates.

Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren Counties are all listed as low in transmission of COVID-19.

Under the new CDC guidelines this means healthy people who are up to date on vaccinations do not have to wear masks.

Of course anyone is welcome to continue to use a mask if they choose especially those with compromised immune systems.

Masks are also still required on public transportation as well in some public buildings.

The rating of Low for the LFHD comes as new cases of COVID-19 have dropped by 20 percent in recent weeks.

Also the 72 percent of Virginians currently vaccinated has helped to keep the LFHD at its current Low transmission rate.

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CDC implements new mask guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for masks and where it is safest to go without one.

A seven day moving average has been implemented using current hospital beds in use, admissions and COVID-19 cases to determine low, medium or high transmission levels.

For instance as of Feb. 28  Valley Health have reduced reporting hospitalizations to once a week as current COVID-19 admission continue to drop.

You should talk with your health care provider for complete information.

Visit CDC.Gov to find where your community stands in the low, medium or high category.

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VDH expands free COVID-19 testing in the LFHD

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An email from Lorrie Andrew-Spear of the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Communications Office announced the expansion of COVID-19 testing.

The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) will now have free COVID-19 testing every Wednesday in February including today Feb. 2.

The clinics will be held each Wed. at the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex at 465 W. 15 Street Front Royal from 1 until 3 p.m..

Enter the clinic on the gymnasium side of the building wearing your mask and have a photo identification with you.

There is no registration required for the clinic and it is on a first come first served basis.

The clinics are for anyone 2 years of age and over.

All those under the age 18 are required to have a parent or guardian with them.

Walk ups will be accepted.

This is the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test with results relayed in as few as three days.

No rapid test will be available at these clinics.

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Sen. Mark Warner works from home with COVID

An email from the Communications Director for Virginia Democratic U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner announced a health issue.

The Senator has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

The email went on to state that the Senator was glad to be vaccinated and has been boosted.

Warner’s symptoms are reported to be extremely mild because of those precautions.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines Warner will work from home during his isolation.

The work at home order is recommended by the attending physician as well.

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News Maker Dr. Jeffery Feit of VH on relieving the pressure on workers

COVID-19 cases continue to inundate local hospitals.

We spoke with Dr. Jeffery Feit of Valley Health (VH) about helping to alleviate the pressure on the health care workers in our latest news maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Dr. Feit explains the pressure for health care workers has been tremendous with the current surge of COVID-19 Omicron cases.

Dr. Feit explains that their are steps we can take that will help alleviate the pressure on workers.

Testing and talking to a care provider are just some of the steps we can take before we even consider going to a hospital.

Click here for Dr. Feit’s interview.

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Gov. Northam issues an emergency COVID-19 order

An email from Virginia Governor Northam confirms the issuing of an emergency order for the medical industry.

A 30 day emergency order will expand the number of beds, increase staffing capacity at hospitals and nursing homes and allow public health agencies greater flexibility.

This in response to the 3,500 people that are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state.

The 30 day duration of the order is based on models that suggest the virus will peak in the next few weeks.

The executive order is to help alleviate the strain on hospitals and medical professionals.

The order also directs the State Health Commissioner to waive normal bed licensing for hospitals.

The order will also help to increase the health provider to patient ratios.

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News Maker Jason Craig of VH on COVID-19 testing locations

As we have mentioned and Gov. Northam has confirmed in an email COVID-19 testing cannot be performed at hospital emergency rooms.

We spoke with Valley Health’s (VH) Director for Community Health Jason Craig about it in our latest news maker.

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Jason confirms that emergency rooms are for emergency situations and not for COVID testing.

He tells us where test are to be preformed all across our region including Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties.

Jason not only tells us where testing is being done but what has to be done before you get that test.

Click here for Jason’s interview.

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