CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds everyone that many locations are available throughout the region and across the Commonwealth for individuals seeking COVID-19 testing. Testing demand has recently increased across the western region, as cases of COVID-19 are rising due to the more contagious Delta variant.
All COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. While vaccination is the most effective strategy to protect individuals, families and communities, testing remains an important tool to help identify individuals with illness, protect those around them and monitor trends in COVID-19 infections.
"It's critical that we reserve our hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies, so if you're seeking a COVID test and it is not an emergency, please utilize other testing locations," said Laurie Forlano, M.D., deputy director, VDH Office of Epidemiology.
VDH recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:
Those with symptoms or signs of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Those who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated people should be tested three to five days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.
People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure, and again five to seven days following exposure if the first test is negative. Those who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings).Those who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the health department. Those who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel with some exceptions for fully vaccinated people. Those who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19.Those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not need to get tested after exposure as long as they do not have symptoms. VDH has partnered with Walgreens to provide Abbott BinaxNow Rapid antigen testing at no cost, at selected locations. Walgreens pharmacy team members will help you self-administer your COVID-19 test. Test results will be processed at the pharmacy and provided to patients within 24 hours. COVID-19 testing is available by appointment to adults and children ages 2 and older who meet screening criteria for testing. Make an appointment at Walgreens.com/COVID19Testing.Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, some testing locations may prioritize tests for symptomatic persons or persons with known close contact to a person with COVID-19.For questions about COVID-19 testing or a list of testing locations, visit the VDH website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.To schedule your vaccine, request a vaccination record or for more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov.
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(Marion, Va.) – Mount Rogers Health District, Cumberland Plateau Health District, and Lenowisco Health District are moving into Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, April 7.
“The transition to Phase 2 means that all residents of far Southwest Virginia age 16 and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Karen Shelton, health director. “We are overjoyed to make this transition and be able to vaccinate all of our adult population. Vaccination is our best way out of this pandemic and back toward normal life.”
“It is important to note that Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16- and 17-year olds,” continued Shelton. “Parents of 16- and 17-year olds should check with the vaccine provider in order to ensure they register in an appropriate clinic. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both approved for those 18 and older.”
To find vaccine appointments, please visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ or your local health district’s website:
Those who are in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 or who have another illness with a fever are not eligible for a vaccine until these conditions are resolved. Those who have had COVID-19 and received monoclonal antibodies or plasma treatment are not eligible to receive a vaccine until 90 days after treatment. Those who have had a vaccine within the last 14 days should wait to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine until 14 days have elapsed since their other vaccination.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine
(LEBANON, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Cumberland Plateau and Lenowisco Health Districts remind residents and visitors to Virginia to take precautions to protect their health during and after heavy rains. Bacteria, debris, and other pollutants are picked up by rainwater as it travels over the land and ends up in rivers, lakes and streams. Recent heavy rains can increase the risk of exposure to inadequately treated wastewater released from sewage treatment plants and animal waste. This mix of rain and pollution can pose risks to human health and safety.
Rain events also cause flooding and fast-moving waters, especially in low-lying areas. People should take precautions to avoid flooded areas and swollen waterways, and once the sun comes out, be aware of potential health risks and hazards before you participate in recreational water activities, like swimming and boating. Swallowing contaminated water can cause gastrointestinal illnesses, with vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fever. Contact with contaminated water also can cause infections of the ears, nose, throat and skin.
VDH recommends these safety tips for those who enjoy swimming, wading, kayaking, canoeing or rafting in Virginia’s rivers and natural waters:
•Avoid wading, swimming and boating in natural waters following heavy rains. These waters typically contain more debris and germs, and can increase your risk of injury and illness.
•Avoid getting water in your mouth. Never swallow water from an untreated water source.
•Don’t swim if you have broken skin. Bacteria, viruses and other organisms can infect wounds and cause more serious illness.
•Shower with soap and water after recreating in natural waters.
•Don’t swim when you are ill.
•Avoid swimming if dead fish are present.
•Use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary risks if you encounter covered roads or fast-moving waters. The water may be deeper and moving faster than you think. Remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
Residents or facilities that provide water to the public including campgrounds, restaurants, summer camps, or daycares with private wells or septic systems submerged by flood waters should also take extra precautions.
For more information and safety tips regarding private wells and septic systems visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/responding-to-an-emergency-affecting-your-private-well/.
To find the location of local sewer treatment facilities, contact your local public works department.
To contact your local health department, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts. For more information on recreational water safety, see “Safely Enjoy Virginia’s Natural Waters” at www.SwimHealthyVA.com.
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Earlier this week, Pikeville Medical Center launched a new scheduling website where those eligible to take the shots can sign up.
It is now open to both phase 1A and 1B groups. 1A is healthcare workers. 1B is people 70 years of age and older.
Officials say scheduling for both groups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.To register, click here.
Starting Monday, January 11th, those in the groups mentioned above will be able to use a drive-thru from 7 a.m – 7 p.m. The drive-thru will be located at 150 Healthcare Drive between the PMC Administration Building and the Landmark Hotel.
(WISE, Virginia) -- The Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts are activating drive-thru testing sites for COVID-19 at locations in Buchanan, Lee and Dickenson counties. Testing will occur next week.
These sites are closed to the public. Testing resources are limited, and only those who are pre-screened and approved for testing will be admitted, and only by appointment.
In order to be approved for testing, you must call in advance for a screening interview. Those that are approved for testing will receive an appointment time, a testing number and/or an emailed authorization letter. If you do not have access to email, you must bring a valid I.D. to the testing site. To avoid lengthy wait times, please come to the site at your appointed time and bring your documentation with you.
The Buchanan County Health Department will hold a site in the lower parking lot of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, 1060 Dragon Road in Oakwood on Monday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To be screened for testing at this site, call 276-935-4591 on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will be available until all the slots are filled.
The Lee County Health Department will hold a site at the Lee County High School parking lot, 200 Generals Lane in Jonesville on Tuesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To be screened for testing at this site, call 276-346-2011 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Dickenson County Health Department will hold a site at Valley View Baptist Church, West Main St. in Clintwood on Wednesday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To be screened for testing at this site, call 276-926-4979 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additional testing sites and dates are being planned.
“Testing is important epidemiologically and helps us determine the prevalence of disease in our community,” said Sue Cantrell, M.D., director of the Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts, “but because capacity is limited we will screen for those at highest risk. As we continue to test, we expect to have more positive cases.”
“In the vast majority of cases, testing does not inform our recommendations for your medical care,” Dr. Cantrell continued. “The best protection for each of us comes from taking personal precautions, including staying at home, practicing good hygiene and social distancing. That’s how YOU stay well, and how you protect those around you today, your family and friends, and our communities.”
To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:
For the most accurate and up-to-date information online, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lenowisco www.vdh.virginia.gov/cumberlandplateau, www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
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Appalachian Wireless has learned that one of its employees - a retail sales associate for the Hindman, Knott County store - has tested positive for COVID-19. Appalachian Wireless has closed the Hindman store temporarily for thorough cleaning per CDC guidelines. The employee is feeling relatively well and is self-quarantining at home.
Public safety is our top priority. Appalachian Wireless has been working with local officials and the health department to determine if other employees and citizens could have been exposed. Appalachian Wireless will continue to take proactive steps in all of its locations to try to limit the risk of exposure for our employees and customers. Barriers in place to maintain social distancing, sneeze guards in front of registers, thorough cleaning each morning, and limited store hours are just a few examples of steps taken in this ever-evolving situation.
Appalachian Wireless would like to remind citizens that it is important to be prepared and to continue to take measures to help reduce the spread of this virus. Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds, covering your cough/sneeze, frequently sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, staying healthy at home (especially if you are sick), and practicing social distancing are just a few examples of steps to help prevent the spread. As a reminder, please visit your local Appalachian Wireless store only if necessary, and check our website first for details on how we can help you by phone or online.