VDH confirms a rabies case in Clarke County

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A press release from Risk Communications Manager Lorrie Andrew- Spear of the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD)  warns of rabies.

The press release confirms a case of rabies in the northeast area of Berryville.

Residents are reminded to vaccinate their pets and keep up to date with inoculations.

Where the kitten that was diagnosed is no longer a threat precautions should be taken.

Residents are asked to not leave food out for strays or wild animals.

Should you or your pet be bitten, scratched or licked by an unknown animal it is best to report it to your local health department for advice.

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VDH and FDA announce the recall of powder formulas

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of several powder formulas.

The recall includes Similac, Alimentum and Elecare and do not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.

All the formulas are from a Michigan manufacturer for possible salmonella.

Recall numbers to watch for include 22-37, container codes K8, SH, Z2.

Also be aware of an expiration date of 4/1/2022.

These should be return for a refund or thrown away.

Additional information from the FDA is found here.

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VDH launches mental health website for COVID-19 stresses

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A social post from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced the launching of online mental health relief from the stresses of COVID-19.

Statistics show that COVID-19 can have a major impact on our mental health.

Many people suffer anxiety and emotional distress from the pandemic especially those treating and caring for those with COVID.

VDH has launched Mission 16 an online resource for COVID-19 community ambassadors to relieve that stress.

The site is an online hub for resources and tools for anyone who needs relief from the emotional or mental stresses of COVID-19.

The site is also for anyone who can spare time to help keep Virginians safe from the pandemic.

For more information on Mission 16 or about how to become an ambassador click here.

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VDH offers free COVID-19 vaccinations in Shenandoah VA. tomorrow 1/21

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The Virginia Department of Health’ s (VDH) Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) has teamed up with Dollar General Stores to offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

A VDH email announced that the Dollar General Store in Shenandoah Virginia will offer a vaccination clinic tomorrow Jan. 21.

The clinic will offer vaccinations at the 727 4 Street Shenandoah Virginia location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

The clinic will offer first, second, primary and booster doses of the vaccines.

All three of the vaccines will be available at the clinic.

Anyone 5 and older is eligible for certain vaccines.

Everyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.

Walk ups are welcomed but appointments can also be made at vase.vdh.virginia.gov.

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VDH will open more community COVID-19 testing centers

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An email from Governor Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will open more COVID-19 testing centers in the state.

Nine new Community Testing Centers will increase testing availability across the Commonwealth.

The centers are expected to open around or near the same locations that were used as vaccination centers previously.

The new centers will be funded by an initial $5 million from the VDH.

The VDH is seeking funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse expenses.

Statewide testing sites are projected to perform over 50,000 test in the month of January alone.

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Samuel’s Public Library offers home COVID-19 testing kits

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An email from Samuels Public Library announced that home COVID-19 testing kits are now available through Dec. 31 at the library.

Samuel’s Library joined libraries across the state and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in an effort to bring testing to more rural and remote communities.

A virtually guided COVID-19 antigen card home test is for use in your home with digital results in 15 minutes.

A person using the test will need an internet connected device enabled with a camera and a microphone, smartphone or laptop to be a part of the virtual testing session.

More on Samuel’s Public Library and the program is available here.

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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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VDH lifts advisory of harmful algae bloom

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The Virginia Department of Health  has lifted the recreational advisory due to a harmful algae bloom on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Shenandoah and Warren Counties from Chapman’s Landing to Riverton. Approximately a 52  mile segment of the river was placed under a recreational advisory on August 10 due to widespread algal mats, which contained both cyanobacteria cells and toxins at elevated levels.  Virginia Department of Health remindsthe public to be aware that while the bloom appears to have dissipated based on recent observations and testing, it is possible for algal blooms to reappear when there is adequate sunlight, nutrients and warmer temperatures to make conditions favorable for algal growth.

Winchester and VDH monitor water supply

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The City of Winchester and the Virginia Department of Health are closely monitoring Winchester’s water supply.

This response follows the emergence of the Harmful Algae Bloom on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

The water is deemed safe to drink currently but it will continue to be monitored.

Harmful algae blooms can contaminate the water with cyanotoxins and anatoxin-a.

Previously, the city improved their process for removing cyanotoxins, and they are evaluating the levels of anatoxin-a at a laboratory.

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VDH receives funding from the CDC

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has allocated $15 million to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The funds will support Virginia’s public health emergency preparedness.

Senators Warner and Kaine support the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which includes over $7 billion to fund vaccine distribution and administration.

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