Covid 19 Testing and Vaccine Update for Three Rivers Health District

Notice From Three River’s Health District

COVID testing has been halted until further notice.

Testing: Community testing remains available at request:

Our testing team is now fully engaged in the vaccination effort, and we are no longer able to hold routine community testing events at this time.

Community testing at a more focused level and testing in response to large-scale outbreaks can be requested by facilities and jurisdictions by using commercial firms on contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia or the Virginia National Guard.

For information and advice about how to request specific community or facility testing events, please call 804-758-2381 ext. 19.

THREE RIVERS HEALTH DISTRICT is a 10 county Virginia Department of Health district for Virginia’s beautiful Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions.

The Three Rivers Health District has moved to Phase 1b.

Phase 1b has been expanded to include all individuals 65 years of age and over, and persons aged 16-64 with underlying medical conditions that increase risk from COVID 19 infection.

Phase 1b continues to include critical infrastructure workers, including: first responders, child care and K-12 teachers, front line essential workers in manufacturing, food, and grocery, transit, and postal workers.

Eligible patients enrolled in the Riverside Health Care System (see a doctor affiliated with Riverside Health System) will be contacted by Riverside and offered a vaccination opportunity.

Eligible patients in the Bon Secours Health Care System (see a doctor affiliated with Bon Secours Health System) will be contacted by Bon Secours and offered a vaccination opportunity.

We are bringing other community vaccination providers on line who are becoming qualified to administer the COVID 19 vaccination; they will contact their patients to offer vaccination appointments as soon as they are able to do so.

The Three Rivers Health District will begin vaccination of the very large population of persons eligible in phase 1b next week.  If you qualify in phase 1b, and want a COVID 19 vaccination, or have any other COVID 19 vaccine related question, please call our COVID 19 resource center at 804-824-2733.

Notice Concerning New Strains:

The new, more contagious strain of COVID 19 recently detected in the United Kingdom has been detected in several states. Evidence is increasing that the Pfizer vaccine is effective against both the UK strain and the South African strain. In addition, the Moderna vaccine should be effective against these strains. The virus will genetically drift over time. This is expected.

THREE RIVERS HEALTH DISTRICT is a 10 county Virginia Department of Health district for Virginia’s beautiful Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. This 2,000 square mile area is located between the waters of the Potomac, Rappahannock, and York Rivers and borders the Chesapeake Bay on the east. Our public health professionals serve a population of approximately 140,000, including 2 Native American reservations, 9 incorporated towns, and a large number of visitors.

Information Source Three Rivers Health Department

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