According to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health, 2,768 Rappahannock County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. And that number could start to rise more rapidly now that the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD), which serves Culpeper, F…
Virginia health officials say a woman who died a few weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is among six cases nationwide that prompted a pause in use of the one-dose shots.
Virginia’s public health officials announced Tuesday morning that the state will temporarily stop administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following reports of very rare but severe blood clots.
The share of Virginia small businesses still closed compared to January 2020, just prior to the onset of the pandemic, stands at 31.6 percent, the 18th highest percentage among 45 states examined, according to an online data tracker managed by Harvard University.
Last week, President Joe Biden extended the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the day before it was set to expire. The extension gives small businesses hit hard by the pandemic until May 31 to apply for forgivable assistance.
Now that in-person classes are resuming four days a week in Fauquier and Rappahannock public schools, it might seem that things are almost getting back to normal. But the ripples of the pandemic won’t fade so easily. School counselors and social workers know this is yet another transition fo…
Eden is a junior at Rappahannock County High School. That’s not her real name, but she asked not to be identified. For most of this school year, she has been on a hybrid schedule of two days in school, three at home. Next week, she will start attending in-person classes four days a week.
Novant Health UVA Health System, an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient services and medical centers in northern and central Virginia, is expanding visitation guidelines for its three acute care facilities.
These are stressful times, and it’s natural for a child to feel anxious in difficult moments. But it’s not natural for that anxiety to be prolonged and interfere with his or her ability to handle everyday situations or cause him or her to avoid things other children enjoy.
(The Center Square) – Virginia will be investing another $203.6 million of federal money into child care services, Gov. Ralph Northam announced.
Four of Northern Virginia's five health districts are seeing growth in new COVID-19 cases as the B.1.1.7 variant is close to becoming the predominant strain in the state, according to the latest weekly update from the University of Virginia's Biocomplexity Institute.
On Monday, anyone 16 or over in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine as the region shifts into phase two of distribution.
Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced that all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Sunday, April 18.
In addition to vaccinating Virginians in priority groups 1a and 1b, vaccination centers in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District are beginning to allow those in group 1c to sign up for appointments.
Despite increasing vaccinations, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia is at its highest level in three weeks heading into spring break for many school systems, and test positivity rates are rising in several Northern Virginia localities.
Virginia is easing some more COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, sporting events and entertainment venues next week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday.
On Monday night the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District announced it will begin to vaccinate those in priority group 1c while continuing to offer vaccines to anyone currently eligible in groups 1a and 1b.
In order to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end, public health experts say between 75 and 80 percent of Americans will need to get the vaccine. Early on, doctors worried that Black Americans especially would hesitate to get a vaccine due to medical racism and abuse in the past. But in fact, the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy — in Virginia, anyway — are among White Republicans in rural areas.
Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia’s state vaccine coordinator, said last Friday that by mid-April, Virginians in category 1c will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 jab. Group 1c includes essential workers in energy, construction, food service, transportation, higher education, finance, legal services, public safety, information technology and media. The window for that group will be relatively short, Avula said, and by May 1, every adult in the commonwealth will be eligible for a vaccine.
In a news release Friday, Fauquier Health announced that its senior care facilities will once again be open to family members and visitors:
Local churchgoers must continue following coronavirus-related safety guidelines outlined in Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 72, as Culpeper County Circuit Court Judge Dale B. Durrer recently denied a request to provide a temporary injunction easing restrictions during church services.
Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government is continuing to dispense monetary assistance for businesses hit by the economic downturn and widespread restrictions on their operations. But banks servicing Rappahannock County say the uptake has been slower this time than with the first round of assistance last April, when businesses flooded them with applications and overloaded their online systems.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will distribute 69,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week to providers across the state, beginning with mass vaccination clinics. The VDH said an additional shipment of the new vaccine will come to Virginia pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart through the federal partnership.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District recently received 2,000 doses of the new single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.
The regional nonprofit People Incorporated is launching a new program to help community members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic access internet service. The agency will assist clients in setting up their accounts and is offering to pay for up to six months of internet service…
Bean Hollow farmer Mike Sands has been booking lambs for slaughter that aren’t even born yet. Why? Because since the beginning of the pandemic there has been a boom in demand for local meat while at the same time there’s a shortage of skilled meat cutters to process animals.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has picked up speed in Virginia recently. More doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and a new statewide registration system is up and running. More pharmacies, including Walgreens, Walmart, Food Lion, Martin’s, Harris Teeter and Kroger are approved to begin providing shots in the coming weeks and community groups are offering to help sign people up.
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly passed multiple bills allowing health care workers and first responders to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they are disabled or die due to COVID-19.
Mirroring national and state statistics, the amount of white area residents who have received coronavirus vaccines far outnumbers the number of minorities vaccinated. Also similar to national trends, local Black leaders are attempting to educate citizens on the vaccine's safety and necessity.
Starting Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam is easing pandemic restrictions on social gatherings, entertainment venues, alcohol sales and will end a voluntary curfew as Virginia’s COVID-19 cases continue to decline.
According to Superintendent Russell Gilkison, roughly a third of the staff at Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail have elected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But those 400 or so inmates are still waiting. “We’re working with the local health department and Warren County’s emergency manager to figure out how the vaccinations are going to occur and when they’re going to occur,” Gilkison said. “Unfortunately I think there’s some accessibility [issues] to deal with.”
RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers have passed bills that allow certain first responders to file workers’ compensation benefits for being disabled from COVID-19, but still need to reach agreement on some differences.
Since vaccines began being administered locally in December, 13.7% of Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District residents have received at least one dose compared to 12.6% of Virginians statewide.
The Virginia Department of Health is launching a statewide vaccination pre-registration system starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
A new set of guidelines was announced this late afternoon surrounding the pre-registration process to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District and elsewhere in Virginia.
This week CVS Health will become the first pharmacy in the commonwealth to offer vaccinations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, but Virginia health officials are expressing frustration over the logistical hurdles to rolling out the pharmacy program equitably.