SU updates their COVID protocols

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There is an app available to help navigate all Shenandoah University (SU) COVID-19 protocols.

The Shenandoah Go App will keep you up to date on important information as well as allow you to fill out symptom checks, report positive test and vaccination status.

The app has been simplified for easier use on any device.

SU’s new COVID protocols start today Aug. 18 and will last through at least Sept. 15.

Until at least Sept. 15 all students, staff, faculty and visitors will be required to wear mask while indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

No matter your vaccination status mask will also be required on school transportation as well.

Non vaccinated faculty, students and staff will have to submit to a weekly COVID-19 test.

SU is constantly monitoring COVID-19 data with any needed changes posted on the Shenandoah Go App.

Currently 96% of all benefited employees and 87% of full-time graduate and undergraduate students have submitted proof of vaccination.

If you have proof and haven’t yet you are encouraged to submit your verification of vaccination today Aug. 18.

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VEC announces the end of COVID benefits

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The Virginia Employment Commission announced that all COVID-19 related federal unemployment programs will end September 4.

This affects the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation.

The VEC will process and pay benefits to eligible claimants for all weeks of unemployment ending on or before September 4.

Visit vec.virginia.gov for more information.

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LFHD and CDC advise masking up especially in certain counties

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Dr. Colin Greene said that COVID-19 cases have quadrupled in Virginia and possibly tripled in his Lord Fairfax Health District.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website currently shows the risk of transmission is listed as moderate in Shenandoah County and high in Page County.

Gov. Northam’s team is reviewing the latest data with recommendations expected soon.

The CDC currently recommends masking up indoors no matter what your vaccination status is.

That is currently the best protection against COVID-19 at this time.

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LFCC and Rotz Pharmacy offer another vaccination clinic

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) and Rotz Pharmacy will provide another COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Middletown campus July 9 and a second clinic August 6.

Second shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be available at both clinics with your vaccination card.

The vaccinations are for students employees and their families of LFCC.

The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those who are 12 and older.

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Gov. Northam announced a milestone in vaccination

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 70 percent of adults 18 and over in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Gov. Northam that makes Virginia only one of 16 states in the nation to meet or beat the goal set by the president.

Over 8.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Virginia.

With that over 60 percent of Virginia’s population are fully vaccinated.

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LFHD offers drive thru vaccination clinic

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The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) is offering a free drive thru Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination clinic today Jun. 17.

This clinic will be at the Page County Health Department located at 75 Court Lane Luray.

The vaccine has been approved for anyone 18 and older and will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

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VH offers Johnson and Johnson vaccine

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Valley Health announces the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is now available at the Apple Blossom Mall clinic while supplies last.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been approved for persons 18 and older.

The Pfizer vaccine is also available at the clinic and has been approved for people 12 and up.

The clinic is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m..

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VH is in need of volunteers

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Valley Health (VH) is in need of volunteers to help at its Apple Blossom Mall vaccination clinic as well as other locations.

Some volunteer positions do require clinical experience.

However many positions are open to people of all abilities.

If you have the ability to help visit valleyhealthlink.com/vaccinevolunteer.

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Virginia governor lifting indoor mask mandate in most places

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By Associated Press | Published May 17, 2021 7:10 a.m.

By DENISE LAVOIE

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor announced that he is lifting the state’s indoor mask mandate in line with new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov. Ralph Northam said the mask policy change takes effect at midnight along with changes to other mitigation measures expanding capacity for sports and entertainment venues and an easing of limits on social gatherings.

Northam also said Virginia will ease all distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28, two weeks earlier than planned.

Increasing vaccination rates and declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and statewide test positivity rate changes made the changes possible. On Friday, Virginia’s positivity rate — the percentage of people testing positive for the virus — stood at 3.5%, a rate that is lower than at any time since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Virginians have been working hard, and we are seeing the results in our strong vaccine numbers and dramatically lowered case counts,” Northam said in a statement. He also urged any unvaccinated people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities.

“The message is clear: vaccinations are how we put this pandemic 2021 in the rearview mirror and get back to being with the people we love and doing the things we have missed,” he said.

The CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public transit, in health care facilities, and in congregate settings.

Masks will still be required in K-12 public schools, given low rates of vaccination among children. Also, businesses can still require masks in their establishments. Employees in certain business sectors, including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment, must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, in line with CDC guidance.

Tony Stafford, president of the Virginia Restaurant Association, said he expects the lifting of the mask mandate to cause some confusion.

“It really puts us in a rough spot because I don’t feel comfortable and I don’t think I’m allowed to ask (customers) if they’re vaccinated,” he said.

“What does this mean? Am I going to ask them to see their vaccination card? I mean, I’m not going to do that. I’m just here to feed people,” said Stafford, the owner of Ford’s Fish Shack.

Still, Stafford said, the lifting of the mandate is an encouraging sign for business owners.

“We want to get back to work. We want to get back to living without the masks, but we also want to be very cautious and respect everyone’s decision to wear a mask or not wear a mask,” he said. “We just want to serve people great fish and chips.”

Stafford said his staff will continue to wear masks.

Northam said unvaccinated people or people who aren’t fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings.

Virginia has given out nearly seven million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than four million people have received at least one dose, representing over 64% of the state’s adult population. Northam has said he remains confident that Virginia will meet President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4.

(All contents © copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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LFHD opens more COVID-19 vaccination clinics

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The Lord Fairfax Health District and community partners are offering several opportunities for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tomorrow May 11 at Frederick Douglass Park in Winchester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Wed. May 12 at 15 Street gymnasium Front Royal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Thur. May 13 at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds Woodstock from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

These clinics are for the Moderna vaccine for first or second shots.

If you need the second dose you need to bring your vaccination card.

Walk ins are accepted at many clinics but appointments can assure availability.

You can check on availability at vaccineappointments.virginia.gov.

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