VH has recommendations before the holiday gatherings

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A social media post from Valley Health (VH) shows a stark increase of hospitalizations along with high positivity rates of the COVID-19 virus and variant.

With the holiday gatherings approaching VH is asking that we be vigilant and wash hands.

Try to keep close contact with others to a minimum and wear your mask.

VH strongly recommends getting vaccinate and or the boosters as soon as possible.

Find a immunization location and opportunity near you by visiting valleyhealthlink.com/vaccine.

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VDH monitors for COVID-19 variant Omicron in Virginia

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ABC news is reporting that Gov. Northam is not declaring a state of emergency when it comes to the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring for the variant and found no signs of it in Virginia.

Northam continued that he has no immediate plans to reinstate coronavirus restrictions at this time.

The Governor did say that we shouldn’t panic at this stage but we should pay close attention.

Northam did reiterate the need to get vaccinated or get the booster if you haven’t yet.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Apple Blossom Mall changes it’s hours

In a social media post from Valley Health (VH) it has been announced that the hours will change at the Apple Blossom Mall vaccination clinic.

The clinic will now be open Wednesdays and Saturdays only from noon until 7 p.m. through Dec. 11.

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic has administered nearly 12,000 doses of the vaccine.

Other vaccination locations can be found at valleyhealthlink.com or at vaccine.gov.

VH states in the post that they are extremely proud to serve the community over the last 7 months at that location.

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VDH launches a new COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard

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A new dashboard from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) provides accurate information on the breakdown of ethnic groups is being reported by ABC and NBC news.

Using rate ratios information the enhancement shows COVID-19’s impact on various communities.

Along with demographics, community transmission, outbreaks, cases by vaccination status and hospitalizations.

The newly created enhancement shows up to the minute data on disparities among racial and ethnic groups as well.

The Health Equity enhanced Dashboard is found here.

You will find all important COVID-19 information including vaccination updates at vdh.virginia.gov.

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Page County rolls out a new vaccination plan including children age 5-11 11/10

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A news release from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that they and Dollar General Stores are offering vaccinations against COVID-19.

The clinics are for those 12 and over who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinations are also available for those seeking their second, third or booster shots.

The first clinic is tomorrow Nov. 10 at the Dollar General store at 502 W. Main St. in Stanley from 2 to 6 p.m..

More vaccination clinics will be added through Nov. 22 for the initial roll out this does not include 5 to 11 year old people.

However a Page County Public School (PCPS) social media post states that vaccinations for 5 to 11 year old people will take place Nov.15 at Page County High School from 4 to 7 p.m. with a second dose Dec. 6.

You can sign your child up here for the first dose and here for the second dose.

Vaccinations will be provided for 5 to 11 year old people at Luray High School on Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. the second dose is scheduled for Dec. 8.

Register your child for the Luray High School vaccinations here for the first dose and here for the second dose.

A parent or guardian must be with the child during the vaccination.

For more information on the vaccinations for anyone contact the Lord Fairfax Health District or consult your local health care provider.

Page County Schools do not require vaccinations to attend in person classes.

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LFHD offering Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Covid-19 Vaccines

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(Winchester, Va.) —  Beginning immediately, the Virginia Department of Health’s Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) will offer vaccine boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) below. The booster vaccine can be obtained anytime after 6 months from the date of second Pfizer vaccine.  Please note that only those who have received two shots of Pfizer vaccine and meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizerprimary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) encourages all eligible persons to get their COVID-19 vaccine if they haven’t already done so. To find a vaccination site near you, visitvase.vdh.virginia.gov or visitwww.vaccines.gov.

“The COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness may decrease slowly after six months, but people still have strong protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” said Dr. Colin Greene, director of LFHD. “The CDC recommends that the booster dose be given six months or more after the second shot, but individuals who have not yet received a booster will still be considered fully vaccinated.”

LFHD will offer COVID-19 boosters on a walk-in basis at all five local health department clinics.  Look for the sign outside the clinic.

Again, those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are not authorized for booster doses at this time.  We expect additional recommendations regarding these vaccines in the coming weeks.

If you are coming for your booster dose, wear a mask and please bring your vaccine card to confirm the date and type of vaccine you received for your second dose.  We recommend you wait at the clinic site for 15 minutes after receiving the booster dose.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus. Find convenient, free vaccination locations near you by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1).

Valley Health announces crisis measures in response to surging Covid-19 cases

Valley Health is now treating an increasing number of COVID-19 patients greatly stretching the system’s resources.

Additional ICU capacity has been added , Hospital visiting has been curtailed to reduce transmission.

This week all elective and non- essential surgeries will be postponed. It will not not impact those procedures and surgeries whose condition is emergent, as determined by their physician.

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VDH hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Luray tomorrow 9/8

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The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccination Clinic at the Luray Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall tomorrow Sept. 8.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 218 Veterans Lane Luray.

A person vaccinated is still less likely to have the long term symptoms that can drag on for weeks or even months and less likely to be hospitalized says LFHD director Dr. Colin Greene.

The clinic tomorrow is for the Pfizer vaccine which is for anyone 12 and over.

No appointments are necessary walk ups are welcome children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For a vaccination clinics closer to your home visit vaccines.gov or text your zip code to 438829.

There is no charge for the vaccination however if you have insurance you are asked to bring your card.

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VH releases hospitalization statistics for the Lord Fairfax Health District

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Valley Health announced that hospitalizations in the Lord Fairfax Health District has jumped 16% in one day.

Out of the 97 people hospitalized 69 are unvaccinated with 28 at least partially vaccinated.

A person isn’t fully vaccinated until two weeks after their last dose.

Vaccination information is still available at valleyhealthlink.com/vaccine.

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LFCC officially announces it’s mask policy starting Mon. 8/23

It’s official Laurel Ridge Community College (LRCC) formerly Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will use mask for this semester.

The school joins Shenandoah University (SU) in requiring mask be worn by all students, staff, faculty and visitors in all buildings.

LFCC begins on campus glasses Mon. Aug. 23.

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