From the Parish Nurse – Be Vigilant About COVID-19 Omicron

Please be vigilant at this time of extreme transmissibility of the COVID Omicron variant to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and get vaccinated if you are eligible.

Vaccinations are available by appointment at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Obtaining COVID-19 tests have, unfortunately, become very challenging. Check with your primary healthcare provider first to see if testing can be done in their office. If not, go to
the Virginia Department of Health website at vdh.virginia.gov and on the left-hand side of the page, click on the link“COVID-19 Testing”. Scroll to the bottom of that page and put in your zip code. Call first before visiting any site. Obtaining home tests from online providers such as Amazon are, at this time, shipping two to three weeks out. Please do NOT go to the Emergency Department for a test. They are overwhelmed due to COVID-19 and experiencing huge staff shortages.

If you experience upper respiratory symptoms such as dry cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, or headache and cannot get a COVID-19 test, err on the side of caution and assume it is COVID-19. Discuss this with your healthcare provider and treat your symptoms as directed with over-the-counter analgesics. Isolate three to five days after your symptoms disappear. Check the CDC website for updates on the latest suspected COVID-19 quarantine and isolation criteria. Stay safe, mask up, and stay home if you are not well.