HEALTH

GALAX --- Around 30,000 people crowded downtown Galax last year during the first week of August, gathering in Felts Park for the city’s annual, internationally known Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The same week this year, the streets of the small Southwestern Virginia city are quiet. Many of the local businesses, especially...
By Dr. Arshia QaadirOn a recent day at his pediatric office in Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Michael Martin noticed something unusual about his schedule. “Twenty-five percent of my visits that day were related to mental health issues,” said the president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...
Two state legislators want to force Virginia’s K-12 public schools to hire more registered nurses – especially now during a pandemic that’s ravaging people across the United States.And here’s all I could think: You mean, we don’t already have RNs in in every school? What kind of nonsensical, sanctioned...
The news release raised more questions than it answered.On July 22, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced “new resources” to help nursing homes combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Between the announcement of an additional $5 billion in funding and plans to deliver rapid antigen tests...
By Dr. Todd A. ParkerImagine your house is on fire.You call 911, the fire department responds, puts the fire out, and saves your house. Now imagine the government decides they want to spend less on fire department costs, so they create a list of “preventable causes of fires,”...
By Brian Chiglinksy It was all so dramatic. Half past one in the morning. The chamber of the Senate. Packed with senators, their staff, and plenty of reporters. (It was three years ago, so no one was worried about social distancing yet.)Suddenly, the room hushed as a single senator walked on...
Data from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute show that roughly a third of the commonwealth’s health districts are showing “sustained growth” in COVID-19 cases — what computational epidemiologist Bryan Lewis said could be described as a surge.“What it basically means is over the past couple of weeks, there...
About a week and a half ago, Susan Hartle came down with deep fatigue and a dry cough. A COVID-19 test confirmed the worst for the wedding planner, who coordinates events in North Carolina and Virginia. “To catch it really is shocking to me,” she said. She’s been vigilant about...
Dr. Sterling Ransone is a family physician in Deltaville and current member of Virginia’s testing task force, a workgroup assembled in late April to boost the state’s once-sluggish COVID-19 test rates.Twice now, in teleconferences, he’s heard what he described as “proclamations” from state officials on the number of...
Within a week after Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico reopened its doors to new admissions, the nursing home accepted a handful of what medical director Dr. Jim Wright referred to as “unknowns” — residents who had been transferred from the hospital without being tested for COVID-19.The facility,...