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    COVID-19: Health and Safety

    Local government related postponements, cancellations and community services related the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted or linked on this page for the foreseeable future. Please check back often for updated information. To submit updates or new information please email us.


    VA Department of Health

    Find a testing site near you.

    October 22, 2021 Cases Hospitalized Deaths
    Lynchburg 11,711 462 185
    Amherst 4,298 220 56
    Appomattox 2,361 116 36
    Bedford 9,801 383 148
    Campbell 7,084 338 135
    Regional Totals (Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell) 35,255 1,519 560
    State-wide Totals 914,755 38,269 13,668

    COVID-19 in Virginia - data reports. Visit their website.


    Guidance from the Virginia Department of Health


    Long-Term Care Testing

    VDH has established a Long-Term Care Task Force which focuses on ensuring long-term care facilities have the resources they need for preparing their facility for COVID-19.
    This document explains testing for facilities with and without confirmed cases of COVID-19. 


    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

    COVID Coach app icon

    The COVID Coach app was created for everyone, including Veterans and Servicemembers, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    MENTAL HEALTH FEATURES:

    • Education about coping during the pandemic
    • Tools for self-care and to improve emotional well-being
    • Trackers to check your mood and measure your growth toward personal goals
    • Graphs to visualize progress over time

    Download the COVID Coach App: APP STORE  •  GOOGLE PLAY STORE


    Anthem Resources (free)

    Anthem Foundation Grant: The Anthem Foundation continues to fund mental health programs for communities across the country. One recent grant went to Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s largest independently held behavioral health organization.

    The grant benefits MHA’s Screening to Supports (S2S) program. This online platform offers free, anonymous mental health screenings, results analysis and customized treatment recommendations to nearly 1 million people each year. In response to COVID-19, MHA has created a resource hub that expands access to its screening tool

    • Psych Hub, a free digital resource to address COVID-19-related mental health needs
    • AnthemEAP.com, information to navigate mental health issues and substance use conditions, available to Anthem-affiliated health plan members with an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
    • Aunt Bertha, a leading social care network that helps bring free or reduced-cost social services to individuals and families in their areas

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    HealthyChildren.org

    Information relating to keeping children healthy during the pandemic. Visit this link. 


    Face Coverings

    Effective May 28, 2021 - Ending of commonsense public health restrictions due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read Executive Order 79.

    Face coverings are recommended when you are out in public in order to keep you from spreading germs. This guide from the CDC explains when, where, how to use (and make) face coverings. 


    CDC Prevention

    1. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds.
    2. Avoid close contact with others (especially those who are sick) - put at least 6 feet between you and others.
    3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow (then wash your hands).
    4. Stay home if you are sick, and wear a facemask if you have to leave your home for medical attention.
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. 

    Coronavirus 19 described in simple terms


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Information on How To Protect Yourself, What to do if You are Sick, etc. 


    Food Safety Tips by Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen

     

    UPDATES INCLUDED FOR THIS VIDEO AS POSTED IN THE DESCRIPTION ON YOUTUBE:

    • Correction: Rinse fruits and vegetables with water - no soap.
    • Correction: NIH Data - COVID-19 lives on cardboard for 1 day.
    • Clarification: Perishable foods like meat should be brought in the home and refrigerated.
    • Clarification: Only disinfect the outside packaging.
    • Note: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-... for info on disinfectants, etc.

    Service for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    COVID-19 Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Please click this link: www.vddhh.org/COVID19DHHResources.htm


    VA Cooperation Extension Service (City of Lynchburg)

    A variety of links for health and wellness programs is provided, handwashing to exercise to mental health. Click the Health & Wellness tab on the site to view the listing. 


    CVARR - Central Virginia Addiction and Recovery Resources Coalition

    A variety of resource links for mental wellness/health resources; substance use support resources; etc.