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VDH Coronavirus Update

Published date: March 18, 2020

  • The initial source of COVID-19 is still being investigated
  • As of 03/18/2020 at noon-VA 77 cases and 2 deaths.
  • Vulnerable population remains over 60-year-old, chronic comorbidities-heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and immunosuppressive processes. However, anyone is susceptible 
  • COVID-19 is spread via respiratory droplets, person to person. 
  • Incubation period 2-14 days; may present as a mild illness in the beginning.
  • COVID-19 is more infectious than the Flu per World Health Organization.
  • COVID-19 can spread to people less than 6 feet away and within 15 minutes.
  • Practice enhanced precautions with travel Level-Hot spots Washington and New York.
  • VA is ramping up testing capabilities including drive through testing-swabs include oral and nasal screening. Currently test results are reported within 2-7 days. Self isolate while awaiting results.
  • Home isolation is recommended who are medically stable and can receive care at home. Virus may last up to 14 days; worsening conditions proceed to the ED for possible hospitalization.
  • Handwashing soap and water for 20 seconds with friction.

Trusted sources-

  • CDC.gov
  • VDH.virginia.gov
  • VDH call center 877-275-8343.

Triaging People Reporting Illness

  • A-Are you ill with a fever or have a cough or shortness of breath?
  • B-Have you been in an area with COVID-19 transmission in the last 2 weeks?
  • C-Have you care for or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks? 

If yes to A, ask questions B & C and refer to the local health department for assessment.

Virginia Department of Health  call center 877-275-8343.

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