Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission in Virginia

Community mitigation strategies and the guiding principles are based on CDC guidance for Implementation of Community Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.

Guiding Principles for Community Mitigation Strategies Each community is unique, and appropriate mitigation strategies will vary based on the level of community transmission, characteristics of the community and their populations, and the local capacity to implement strategies

  • Consider all aspects of a community that might be impacted, including populations most vulnerable to severe illness and those that may be more impacted socially or economically, and select appropriate actions. 
  • Mitigation strategies can be scaled up or down depending on the evolving local situation.
  • When developing mitigation plans, communities should identify ways to ensure the safety and social well-being of groups that may be especially impacted by mitigation strategies, including individuals at increased risk for severe illness.
  • The level of activities implemented may vary across different community settings(e.g. schools, universities, workplaces,  faith-based settings, etc. They may be at a minimal/moderate level for one setting and at a substantial level for another setting in order to meet community response needs).
  • Community Mitigation activities may be implemented at any time regardless of the level of community transmission and/or community impact and/or based on guidance from local and state health officials.
  • Depending on the level of community spread and/or community impact, local and state public health departments may need to implement mitigation strategies for public health functions to identify cases and conduct contact tracing. When applied, community mitigation efforts may help facilitate public health activities like contact tracing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a webpage to provide guidance on "How to prepare and take action for COVID-19" in the following community settings