Portsmouth Health Department


The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068

To file an online complaint about Executive Order 63 (Face Coverings) and Executive Order 67 (Phase Three easing of certain restrictions) related only to cloth face coverings and capacity requirements, click <here>. 

IMPORTANT!!  Services have been modified due to the Coronavirus

Clinical Services

All clinic services are by appointment only until further notice.  Please call (757) 393-8585 between 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Food Handlers Classes

All face-to-face Food Handlers classes are cancelled until further notice.  Online instruction options are encouraged and available at www.portsmouth.statefoodsafety.com.

Vital Records

The services for Vital Statistics will be available for funeral directors/runners ONLY. The public should process their requests online through the Virginia Department of Health website: Vital Records


Due to COVID-19 all WIC services are being provided via phone. If you have scheduled an appointment, please stay at home and a WIC staff member will contact you at your scheduled time to complete your visit and issue your benefits over the phone. If you would like to set up an appointment or you need additional assistance from the WIC staff, please call (757) 393-5340 between 1:00pm and 5:45pm to schedule an appointment. Calls will be returned within 24 hours, as messages are checked throughout the day.


 Portsmouth Health Department Receives National Accreditation

The Portsmouth Health Department is accredited through the Public Health Accreditation Board, and is the first health department in Eastern Virginia to achieve this designation. We are committed to the promotion, protection, and preservation of a healthy and environmentally safe community. Through data collection, continuous quality improvement, and community partnerships, the Portsmouth Health Department works to ensure the health and well-being of Portsmouth residents.

Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC

PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers.  Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills.  Train with local emergency response partners.  To volunteer, visit www.vamrc.org