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.
- 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.