You can learn more about COVID-19 data sources and what data are included on all of the dashboards on the About the Data page. The COVID-19 Data Insights goes into more detail about specific data, such as Race and Ethnicity data and Five Things to Remember When Interpreting Epidemiologic Data.
VDH has a number of data dashboards to help your organization make decisions. It is important to note that there is no one number or metric to make a decision.
The Key Measures page presents the main measures that government and community leaders use to make decisions on how to keep Virginians healthy and safe. The data on this page are monitored to help inform Forward Virginia guidelines.
The Pandemic Metrics dashboard, which is in the Virginia’s COVID-19 Key Measures web page, presents metrics that describe the current spread of COVID-19 in Virginia and how the COVID-19 spread has changed over time. This dashboard can be used to help guide prevention measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 surveillance data are collected from a variety of sources by the Virginia Department of Health according to the Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control. These sources include laboratory reports of COVID-19 test results, case investigation interviews conducted by the health department, monitoring of close contacts, and syndromic surveillance for coronavirus-like illness. Case-based data are reported into the Virginia Electronic Disease Surveillance System (VEDSS), which is a system used to receive surveillance data from these various sources and report that data to CDC.
The death data that VDH is reporting are not official or final counts. In an effort to report deaths as quickly as possible, VDH is counting any death that occurs in a person who was reported to the health department as having COVID-19 and any death that mentions COVID-19 as a cause of death on a death certificate for a person who was not previously reported to the health department. Some deaths in a person with COVID-19 will not be included in the COVID-19 death count, such as, if the person died as a result of an injury or accident. This method is not standardized nationally, so Virginia death data should not be compared to data from other states or for the United States at this time.
Eventually, all death records will be processed in a standardized manner and become available in a final form. At this time, the final, official death data for deaths that occurred in 2020, are not expected until the end of 2021. You might see delays in reporting deaths or a backlog of death data because of how death certificates are processed and how mortality, due to COVID-19, is assigned in the surveillance data system.
Hospitals do not inform the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) of patients’ underlying health conditions. In addition, VDH does not consistently gather information on underlying health conditions for Virginia residents who test positive or are reported with COVID-19.
This information and more is updated daily and posted on the VDH Daily Dashboard, which can be found here.
There may be a couple of reasons why cases can change up or down over a few days. These reasons apply for all of our geographic-specific data.
This can be due to:
- Additional cases are reported to VDH. Sometimes there can be a slight delay in reporting, or
- Cases may be reassigned to another city or county if we get updated address information on a COVID-19 case. We may get initial reports that will put a case in one county, but upon investigation of the case, the residential address will be in a different location outside of that county. Cases are assigned to the city or county of their home address.
It is important to note that data are preliminary and may be subject to change.
VDH reports all cases of COVID-19 by where the person lives. However, this can sometimes be more complex for reporting cases of COVID-19 in college students.
If a student is living at their college address for 5 days or more: A student becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms or is tested and found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the student will be counted in the city or county of their college address.
If a student lived somewhere prior to returning to campus AND it is less than 5 days since their return to campus: The student will be counted at the city or county of their previous address.
It is important to consider that if a student is tested off-campus and gives their home address and not their campus address, the case will be recorded at their home address.
If a student is part of an outbreak, regardless of where a student was tested or which address was given, the student will be counted at the location where the outbreak occurred.
The case will be assigned to the city or county where they are under quarantine, regardless of where their home address may be.
There are two web pages to see data on COVID-19 vaccines. You can see the total and new number of vaccines sent to healthcare providers (vaccines distributed) and the total and new number of vaccines given to people (vaccines administered) on the COVID-19 Vaccine Summary data dashboard here. You can hover over or click on the map to see the number of doses, or shots, administered by city or county. Currently, the vaccines available are a two-dose process. A person will get their first shot, and then after 3-4 weeks, they will get their second shot. Getting both doses of the vaccine is important to protect against COVID-19 or keep a person from getting as sick if they do get COVID-19. The Summary page also shows the number of people fully vaccinated, or who received both doses.
You can also see demographic data of people who got the vaccine on the COVID-19 Vaccine Demographics dashboard. This dashboard shows the total number of vaccinations by age group, sex, and race and ethnicity. You can also select from the drop down menu on the right hand side whether you want to see data on people who have received one dose of the vaccine or people who are fully vaccinated. The graphs will automatically update based on your selection.
Page last reviewed: January 12, 2021