For the first time in Virginia, a child younger than 10 has died from complications of a chronic health condition and COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
The child, who has not been publicly identified to protect the family’s privacy, lived in the Central Region, which includes Richmond and surrounding cities and counties.
A child in central Virginia has died from COVID-19, the state's first coronavirus death of a child under the age of 10.
The child died from complications of a chronic health condition and COVID, the state health department said in a press release Thursday. The department did not release the name of the child or any other descriptive information.
In the months since coronavirus vaccines were first released, officials have learned several lessons about the best ways to administer them. But another development centers around how many doses officials can get out of each glass vial. Numerous doses are stored in each vial, and they are transported around the country in large batches. Moderna and Pfizer, however, have discovered they can eke out more doses of their vaccines in each glass than they originally thought. That could translate into the public getting vaccinated faster.
The Prince William Health District will administer its first 1,000 doses of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this coming Monday, March 8, at its mass vaccination site at the former Gander Mountain store near Potomac Mills.
The new site, announced by Prince William County officials earlier this week, is currently being used by Walmart to administer 2,400 COVID-19 vaccinations at a rate of about 600 a day. That effort began on Wednesday and will continue through Saturday.
On Saturday, March 6, newly available Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to 1,000 residents who are already registered for the vaccine through the state database. Fauquier Hospital employees will work alongside Fauquier County fire and rescue workers to deliver the vaccines into residents’ arms. Hospital spokeswoman Sarah Cubbage said that the hospital is also soliciting nursing students to volunteer to help.
Despite a few logistical snafus along the way, West Piedmont Health District officials are claiming to be winning the war against the COVID-19 virus.
“The Martinsville dashboard has been updated, and 11,873 [doses distributed] in Martinsville and Henry County have been vaccinated as of today,” WPHD spokesperson Nancy Bell said during a Zoom meeting of community leaders on Thursday. “This weekend we will be in the 12,000 to 12,500 range.”
Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a new group of Nelson County residents fighting to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus has formed. Dubbed “Stop the Virus,” the group of county residents is dedicated to helping the community understand how preventative measures can lower infection rates as well as opening businesses and schools, a news release form the group states. The group will also work to encourage people to register for vaccinations as an effective means to prevent further spread of the virus.
Piedmont Access to Health Services — or PATHS as it is known — has a new mobile unit that will be used immediately to provide COVID-19 vaccines across different parts of the Dan River Region.
PATHS will begin offering vaccines on the unit this morning at its Danville office at 705 Main St. and has plans to take the mobile unit to various parts of its service area, including Danville, Chatham, South Boston, Martinsville and Boydton, three or four days a week, Chief Operating Officer Joban Singh said.
Appomattox County Public Schools closed Feb. 25 after a significant number of staff members who had received their second round of COVID-19 vaccinations the day before were unable to come to work. Superintendent Dr. Annette Bennett reported to the school board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, that 107 district employees received their second dosage of the vaccine Wednesday at the district’s vaccination clinic. On Thursday morning, “about 30 of them where not feeling well enough to come to work,” she explained. These absences proved enough to make opening the schools a logistical impossibility, with shortages of both bus drivers and in-school staff.