The announcement of no plans to reinstate indoor mask mandates or other pandemic precautions comes as little surprise given the Youngkin administration’s vocal opposition to mandated masks and vaccinations.
A new omicron subvariant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is quickly becoming the predominant source of infections amid rising cases around the world. Two immunologists explain what makes it different from previous variants, whether there will be another surge, and how best to protect yourself.
Rappahannock County Public Schools this week moved to remove virtually all COVID-19 mitigation measures for students, staff and visitors after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its masking guidance.
In a sign that we're putting the pandemic behind us (fingers crossed) all Virginia ABC stores will return to normal operating hours starting next week.
UVA Health has joined a nationwide study evaluating two repurposed medications in the search for effective, safe treatments for mild-to-moderate COVID-19.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Rappahannock County continues to fall rapidly and is now at its lowest level since November, according to new data Friday.
Two more Rappahannock County residents died due to COVID-19 last week — while new cases continued to fall — in signs of both the lingering toll and waning of the Omicron surge.
Although new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to fall sharply, the worst impacts of the winter Omicron surge are now becoming apparent as reports of COVID-related deaths soared last week in Virginia.
An Arlington County Circuit Court has issued a temporary injunction blocking Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order promising parental choice on school masking from going into effect.
Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Colin Greene: “By deductive reasoning the mask, which is designed to capture droplets, will capture the bacteria, too. We don’t need a study to show that.”
In a split vote, the Rappahannock County School Board last Thursday at a special meeting opted to make masking optional in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, which does away with a statewide mask mandate in schools as the incredibly infectious omicron variant spreads.
Acting Director of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District Dr. Colin Greene was recently tapped to serve in Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration as Acting Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health.
The Omicron-fueled surge of COVID-19 cases is declining sharply across Virginia, and hospitalizations for treatment of the virus fell slightly last week. Infections also fell in Rappahannock County.
A record number of Virginians were being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units Monday, but there are signs this phase of the pandemic could be peaking.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is parenting with Culpeper County to hold a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Thursday, Jan. 6 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department in Culpeper County as cases of the virus soar across the region.
In Rappahannock County, the number of new COVID-19 cases caught up with several weeks of steeper increases around us and statewide.
Rappahannock restaurants this past fall reported experiencing shortages in both labor and supplies, paired for some with inflationary concerns, that strained them during the most critical tourism season of the year.
Due to the current and expected pervasiveness of COVID-19 variants within the region and out of an abundance of caution, Germanna Community College will operate remotely for the first two weeks of the Spring semester, from Jan. 3 through Jan. 17.
The number of new COVID-19 cases nearby in Northern Virginia tripled last week, reaching their highest level of the pandemic and exceeding the prior peak in January — but, so far, Rappahannock County has avoided a rapid uptick in cases and news hospitalizations.
COVID-19 is an increasingly unwelcome holiday visitor statewide and in our area, as two Rappahannock residents died recently due to the virus and the number of cases regionally increased.
The seventh Rappahannock County resident since the start of the pandemic has died from COVID-19, according to Thursday's data released by the Virginia Department of Health.
The sixth Rappahannock County resident since the onset of the pandemic has died from COVID-19, according to Monday’s data released by the Virginia Department of Health.
Northern Virginia now has more COVID-19 cases than at any point since mid-February, and the region's daily average has more than doubled since early November.
The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed the state's first known case of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, the agency said in a Thursday evening news release.
The number of new COVID-19 cases has soared 74% in Northern Virginia over the past month and 47% across the state, according to new data from the Virginia Department of Health.
A child in the Prince William Health District has become the first person in Virginia to die from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children associated with COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health reported Friday.
Over three-quarters of Virginia adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but after nearly two months of decline, the number of new cases has ticked up in the past week statewide and in Rappahannock County.
A fifth Rappahannock County resident died last week due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the pandemic in Virginia is now officially better than it was at this time a year ago, before any vaccines were available.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11 is now available in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
The average number of new COVID-19 cases across Northern Virginia has fallen below year-ago levels for the first time since the end of July, according to new data from the Virginia Department of Health.
A recent visit from Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Good to a Rappahannock County High School senior government class attracted the attention of national media organizations after he encouraged students to defy masking mandates in a district that’s recently grappled with virus outbreaks and where p…
Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is now providing boosters for all vaccines by appointment.For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:65 years and olderAge…
The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves.
U.S. Rep. Bob Good last Thursday encouraged a group of Rappahannock County High School students to not wear masks in school, saying during his visit the administration “can’t stop everyone.”
As booster COVID-19 shots become available for more Virginians, the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to decline and are rapidly approaching 2020 levels.
While most Rappahannock restaurants are encouraging — not requiring — employees to get vaccinated, managers say most of their staff have chosen to get the shot.
Cases of COVID-19 and quarantines were up in Rappahannock County Public Schools this week following what school officials said was a busy weekend early in October where large groups of high school friends, many on sports teams, congregated while some had the virus, resulting in many close contacts.
The numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to fall across Virginia, with slightly less dramatic drops in Northern Virginia, although cases in the region never rose as much as they did elsewhere in the state, according to new data Friday.
Even though COVID-19 cases continue to fall across Northern Virginia and the state, the Delta variant has triggered significant new outbreaks in four public schools and three nursing homes or assisted-living communities across the region, the Virginia Department of Health reported Friday.
A resolution regarding the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors's intention not to fund non-governmental entities that imposed COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandates failed due to the lack of a second during a meeting Tuesday.
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider adopting a resolution to cease funding for non-governmental entities that impose COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandates.
The surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is noticeably waning in Northern Virginia and the rest of the state, according to new data from the Virginia Department of Health.