COVID-19 in Virginia

VDH is currently preparing to provide booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to Virginians, pending guidance from the Federal government.

Once final recommendations have been released, VDH will provide guidance to Virginians about accessing a booster dose. Thank you for your patience while we wait for final guidance before finding a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  More information can be found on the VDH Situation Summary webpage.

A single Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended at least 6 months after completion of the primary series, for certain individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine. Visit vaccinate.virginia.gov for more information about finding a Pfizer booster dose.

See the Numbers

Tracking COVID-19 in Virginia

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Latest COVID-19 case, testing, and vaccine data for Virginia.

More in-depth analyses on COVID-19.

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.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

Are you feeling sick?

People with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms. If they do, their symptoms can range from mild to severe. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have all these symptoms. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you have symptoms or signs of COVID-19, look for a free COVID-19 test near you

Important Information About COVID-19

Booster doses are recommended for some people who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  At this time booster doses are not recommended for people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A single Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for certain individuals, at least 6 months after completion of the primary series:

Additional individuals may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

A positive viral test means you have COVID-19 and need to stay home and away from others (even if you have been vaccinated). Being vaccinated for COVID-19 will not make your COVID-19 viral test positive.

Think about the people you have recently been around so you can prepare to tell them if your test is positive. You can use a helpful VDH tool: Notify Your Contacts to remember everyone you have been around. If your test is positive and the health department calls you, please answer the call.  You can also protect others by sharing a positive test result anonymously through the COVIDWISE Exposure Notification tool.

Call 9-1-1 or seek emergency medical care right away if you have ANY of the following:  trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that won’t go away, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone.

Some people have experienced fatigue, nausea, chills, fever, headache or other body aches for a few days. These local or systemic side effects do NOT mean that the vaccine has given you a COVID-19 infection. These expected side effects mean that the vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus that causes COVID-19 if you are exposed in the future.

View Vaccination FAQs >

If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, VDH has recommendations to quarantine (stay home and away from others) and get tested for COVID-19.  Learn more about what to do if you are exposed..
View access a map of known sites that offer COVID-19 testing.  You can use the search function to find free testing sites near youFree testing may also be available at your Local Health Department.   Call ahead to your local Pharmacy, Healthcare Provider, or Insurance company for more information regarding cost.  

COVID-19 is still spreading within Virginia, across the United States (U.S.), and in other countries. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges Virginians who are not fully vaccinated to avoid travel, especially if they are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if they will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. Travelers who are fully vaccinated are less likely to get or spread COVID-19 while traveling, but international travelers should still follow additional precautions listed below. All travelers should consider the risks for getting or spreading COVID-19 and follow recommendations and requirements at their destination.

Read more about travel-related requirements in Virginia >

Looking for a vaccination site?

Go to Vaccinate Virginia to find out where to schedule an appointment near you.

Protect Your Health

Are you protected against COVID-19?

There is no single step or strategy that can stop the spread of COVID-19. Instead, we need to follow multiple strategies--all at the same time--to stop the spread.

Your layers of prevention

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Everyone in Virginia age 12 or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine!  Pre-registration is no longer required.

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Masking

The use of masks is an important tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing close contact between people.

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Hand Washing

Washing your hands often will help to keep your family safe from COVID-19, and also other illnesses like the cold and flu.

Your layers of containment

Know Your COVID-19 Status

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COVID-19 Testing

No matter your vaccination status, consider a COVID-19 test if you're feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID-19. A quick test can give you results so you can know if you’re carrying the virus.

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Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is an important part of how Virginia can stop the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing and case investigations are important because it helps VDH to:

  • Provide guidance and education about how to keep yourself and others safe
  • Inform public health actions
  • Understand communities hit hard by COVID-19
  • Track the progress of the outbreak in Virginia
  • Connect people with resources they may need

Learn more about contact tracing >
Get the COVIDWISE app to learn if you have been exposed to COVID-19 >

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Isolation and Quarantine

If you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, protect people around you by staying away from them. Your healthcare provider or the health department can tell you when it is safe to go back to work, school or other places.

Learn what to do if you have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 >
Learn more about when it is safe to be around others if you have COVID-19 >
Learn more about when it is safe to be around others if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 >

Guidance and Resources

Prevention in our Community, Businesses and Schools

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering?

Virginia Medical Reserve Corps

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 >  

Community Ambassadors

As an Ambassador, you'll help share COVID-19 updates and materials from top experts and sources. We need people like you who can spare a few minutes each week to help keep Virginians safe.
Become an Ambassador today >

Employment

Now Hiring Covid-19 Positions

Open Positions

The Virginia Department of Health is recruiting contractors for opportunities to support COVID-19 response efforts:

How to Apply

If you are interested in these positions, please contact one of the staffing agencies and let them know you are applying for a COVID-19 position through the Virginia Department of Health.