COVID-19 in Virginia

COVID-19 Data

Update: 25-Nov-2020 - The links to the Virginia Open Data Portal may be unavailable during the day due to system maintenance.

Instructions for COVID-19 Data Virginia Open Data Portal

VDH continues to provide all of the data sets powering the VDH COVID-19 Dashboards through the Virginia Open Data Portal. These data sets capture all data since the beginning of COVID-19 reporting in Virginia and continue to increase in size each day. As a result, the data sets may take longer to update on the Virginia Open Data Portal; however, all data sets are expected to update by 12:00 noon daily.

This is different from the data displayed on the VDH COVID-19 Daily Dashboard which is updated daily, and data are available by 10:00am.

COVID-19 Resources

Main Points Situation Summary 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is responding to the outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak was first detected in China in December 2019, and on March 7, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in Virginia was announced. Governor Northam declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020. COVID-19 has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally.

  • Effective July 1, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 67 and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which allow Virginia to enter the third phase of the “Forward Virginia” Plan. The Phase Three Guidelines for All Business Sectors specifically outline the guidance for all businesses during this stage of reopening. With Phase Three:
    • Stores, restaurants and bars no longer have capacity limits, but distancing of at least six feet is still required. For restaurants, bar seating will remain prohibited.
    • Salons and barber shops are allowed to operate at full capacity with distancing requirements. 
    • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment venues can reopen at 50% capacity. 
    • Gyms, fitness centers, and pools can have an operating capacity of 75%.
    • Amusement parks and other entertainment venues can operate at 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people. 
    • The size of public gatherings increases from 50 people to a maximum of 250 people.
  • As of June 15, to file an online complaint about Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 65 (Phase Two easing of certain restrictions) related only to cloth face coverings (masks) and capacity requirements, click here.
  • For more information about Executive Orders issued by Governor Northam related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia, click here. To read more about the guidelines for each phase of the “Forward Virginia” Plan, click here
  • The emergency temporary standards, infectious disease preparedness and response plan templates, and training guidance are posted on the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) website at Workers who feel unsafe in their workplace can file a formal complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration here
  • The new COVID-19 standard adopted by Virginia DOLI requires all employers to report positive cases of COVID-19 to VDH. The standard also provides that “The employer shall notify Virginia DOLI within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.” COVID-19 case reports must be filed through VDH’s online reporting portal. By using this portal, these case reports will ensure VDH and DOLI reporting compliance. The new online reporting portal allows employers to submit up to 10 COVID-19 positive cases.


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  • As localities in Virginia begin to gradually ease restrictions in place for COVID-19, VDH urges all Virginians to stay safe. The best way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible. This is especially important for people at higher risk of severe illness, such as older adults and people of any age with certain underlying conditions
  • It is important to maintain good social distance (at least six feet) between yourself and others. Wash your hands often with soap and water (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available), stay home if you are sick, and disinfect high-touch surfaces. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others in public places. These all are very important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Remember that if you have COVID-19, have any signs or symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should stay home and away from other people to prevent spreading illness to others.
  • The flu season officially started on October 1. All persons aged 6 months or older should get the flu vaccine.This is especially important for people at high risk of flu complications. Many of these people are also at high risk for COVID-19 illness or serious outcomes. It is also important for caregivers and essential workers to protect themselves and those around them from flu by getting a flu vaccine. For more information about the flu, you can contact your healthcare provider, contact your local health department, or visit the Virginia Department of Health website.
  • As Election Day (November 3) is approaching, voters are encouraged to consider alternative options for voting in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The best way to avoid becoming infected is to avoid being exposed to the virus altogether. This is particularly important for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. There are many options for voting this year that can reduce your interaction with other people, including absentee or early voting. More information on how to vote safely during the elections is available here.
  • Fall and winter holiday celebrations represent an exciting and fun time of the year for children and adults alike, but the holiday season may look different this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone can protect themselves from COVID-19 by avoiding people who live outside of your household, wearing a mask in public settings, frequent hand washing, and staying 6 feet apart from each other. 
  • To stay healthy and safe during the fall and winter holiday season, consider activities such as decorating your living space, sharing holiday traditions with people who live with you, or having a virtual holiday gathering with friends. 
  • COVID-19 is changing things about our lives and our daily activities. Sometimes this can cause stress for ourselves and our families. If you are experiencing challenges dealing with these changes in your life due to COVID-19, a no-cost, anonymous “warm” line is now available. Callers can receive emotional support and referrals for mental and behavioral health and other services. Unlike 911, which is used only for emergencies, a warm line offers support and gives people the chance to talk about their struggles and mental health. The COVID-19 Support Warm Line number is: 

                                                                                       (877) 349-6428 Toll Free 

                                                                                                    (call or text)

                                                                                 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. Monday - Friday

                                                                             5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday

                                                                              Spanish speaking counselors are available. 

  • Staying at home as much as possible can help to protect you and others from COVID-19. However, home may not be a safe place if you or someone you know are experiencing family or sexual violence or abuse. Below are free and confidential resources available 24 hours a day to call for help and support. For immediate emergencies, call 911.

                                Family Violence and Sexual Assault Virginia Hotline: 1-800-838-8238

                                  LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-866-356-6998

There are also instant messaging and text options available if it isn’t safe to talk on the phone. The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Virginia Hotline and the LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline have a confidential chat feature here, or you can text the hotlines at: 804-793-9999.

                                                      Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 800-552-7096

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, please contact your healthcare provider. Your provider may collect samples to test you or help you to find sampling sites in your area. Learn more about what to do if you feel sick. 
  • Private and hospital labs are increasing their capacity to test and offer other ways to test people who do not meet VDH testing criteria. VDH approval is not needed for testing at these laboratories. Clinicians should check with laboratory partners for testing availability. Testing performed at DCLS, Virginia’s state laboratory, is reserved for patients who meet VDH’s priority testing criteria.
  • To marshal all public resources and appropriate preparedness, response, and recovery measures, Executive Order 51 orders the “Authorization for the heads of executive branch agencies, on behalf of their regulatory boards as appropriate, and with the concurrence of their Cabinet Secretary, to waive any state requirement or regulation, and enter into contracts without regard to normal procedures or formalities, and without regard to application or permit fees or royalties. All waivers issued by agencies shall be posted on their websites.”
  • For media inquiries about statewide COVID-19 efforts, please email and include your deadline.


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Contact Tracers

The Virginia Department of Health is recruiting for 1,200 contractors in these areas:

COVID-19 case investigator (district)

COVID-19 contact tracer (district)

COVID-19 testing coordinator (regional)

COVID-19 contact tracing supervisor (regional)

COVID-19 data manager (district)

COVID-19 analytics coordinator (regional)

VDH is still hiring contact tracers to stop the spread of COVID-19. Click here to see guidelines for applying.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please click the link below for a list of staffing agencies where you can apply. You should indicate that you want to apply for a COVID-19 position through the Virginia Department of Health.

VDH COVID-19 Staffing Agencies

Interested in volunteering? Please consider joining our Virginia Medical Reserve Corps COVID-19 response team.  If you are passionate about your community’s health, we have a service opportunity for you. Click here to learn more.