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Prince Edward has lowest vaccination rate in region

Despite being the site of many mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics and efforts to lead a public vaccine campaign, Prince Edward County has remained the lowest-vaccinated ... Read more

11 hours ago by Alexa Massey.

Vaccine approval sought for ages 12-15

The state’s daily COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to trend downward as local health officials prepare for the expected authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for ... Read more

3 days ago by Alexa Massey.

Locals belly up to the bars again

Area bartenders, restaurant owners and patrons are growing excited about eased restrictions for alcohol and food sales in the commonwealth. Recently, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ... Read more

1 week ago by Alexa Massey.

Local CVS to accept walk-in customers for COVID vaccine

CVS Health announced Wednesday that it is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 342 locations in Virginia, with ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Student creates Curie box

During Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajig summer camp at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center of Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), Sophie Crowder had an idea ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Report.

Mask mandates ease, area COVID cases fluctuate

COVID-19 cases are fluctuating locally as mask mandates are eased by Governor Ralph Northam across the state. According to Rhonda Pruitt, senior epidemiologist for the ... Read more

1 week ago by Alexa Massey.

Northam relaxes mask requirements

Governor Ralph Northam recently amended Executive Order 72 to adopt new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on mask use in outdoor settings. ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Report.

No decisions made on vaccine requirements at local colleges

Three Virginia colleges have made a COVID-19 vaccine a requirement, and more may join them soon following Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s opinion last Monday ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Roger Watson.

Prince Edward has two vaccination clinics this week

COVID-19 cases are back on the downtrend, but public health officials are noticing an increase in cases in children ages 5 and below. Monday, April ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

OPINION — What happened when the COVID reporter caught the virus?

Over the course of the last year, I more or less fell into the position of The Herald’s COVID-19 correspondent. I remember distinctly sitting at ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

COVID restrictions to lessen May 15

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday, April 22, that sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Colleges mull requiring COVID vaccinations

By Hunter Britt Capital News Service Virginia universities plan a return to campuses in the fall, but there are questions if the COVID-19 vaccine can ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Cases up as vaccine offered to public

Just as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens up to all Virginians age 16 and older, the Piedmont Health District is experiencing a noticeable increase in coronavirus ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

200 vaccines shots available to public at Longwood Monday

Longwood University has 200 spots available during its vaccination clinic Monday, April 19 for anyone in the public over 16 needing a COVID-19 vaccine. The ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Report.

10,000 vaccinated in Prince Edward

Prince Edward County’s 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine was administered Tuesday, April 13, to Eva Bland of Farmville. Joining Bland is Piedmont Health District Interim Director, Sulola ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Report.

Locals discuss vaccine hesitancy

With Prince Edward County now celebrating its 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine shot being administered this week and the commonwealth only days away from opening vaccine registration ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

COVID-19 accounts for 72% of excess deaths in new study

Extended surges in the south and west in the summer and early winter of 2020 resulted in regional increases in excess death rates, both from ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Vaccine eligibility increases as cases fluctuate

It’s been a big week of COVID-19-related news for the Piedmont Health District as vaccine eligibility increases. Over the last two weeks, health officials across ... Read more

1 month ago by Alexa Massey.

Group 1c vaccinations to begin Monday

The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Piedmont Health District (PHD) announced Friday COVID-19 vaccinations will begin for those in the 1c category Monday, April 5. ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Virginians age 16+ eligible for vaccine starting April 18

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday, April 1 that all Virginians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Sunday, ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Close contact visits reunite loved ones

It was in the turbulent month of March 2020 that The Woodland, in Farmville, first went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus. Now, almost ... Read more

1 month ago by Alexa Massey.

Class of 2021 has been defined by pandemic

One year ago, high school seniors had much of their final semester ripped away from them by the coronavirus pandemic. Proms, senior nights and even ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Virginia college students reflect on COVID-19 anniversary

By Anya Sczerzenie Capital News Service Shayla McCartney remembers where she was when the pandemic closed her university. “It was spring break,” said McCartney, a ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Vaccinations reach 20% mark

With approximately 20% of Piedmont Health District residents at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus, local COVID-19 numbers are continuing to provide optimism. The health ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

New rules open door for graduation ceremonies

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam released preliminary guidance last week for how K-12 schools, colleges and universities may safely hold in-person graduation and commencement ceremonies this ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Local schools produce yearbooks under difficult circumstances

Elementary, middle and high school yearbooks serve to immortalize a year of school life. Across the glossy pages, you would typically find headshots, class photos ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Heart of Virginia Festival postponed until the fall

The May 2021 Heart of Virginia Festival has been officially postponed, but organizers are hopeful of a fall date. According to the Town of Farmville ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

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