Portsmouth Health Department

1701 High Street - Suite 102
Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community. 
MAIN OFFICE: (757)393-8585 - Monday through Friday - 8:00AM to 4:30PM
WIC: (757)393-5340 - Mon, Tue & Wed, 7:40AM to 5:45PM;  Thu 1:00PM to 6:45PM; Fri Closed
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
The Statewide Pre-Registration System for the COVID-19 vaccine is live!  Please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to pre-register for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their current status in the queue, and will be able to search that they are in the new system.

Virginia COVID Information Center

877-VAX-IN-VA • 8am-8pm
(877) 829-4682

The Portsmouth Health District is currently in Phase 1b

The more Virginians download COVIDWISE , the greater the chance we have to find, and fight, potential outbreaks.

We’re asking all individuals, employers, businesses, schools, associations, and groups in Virginia to work together and spread the word about COVIDWISE so we can protect ourselves and our communities.  Join the movement and download COVIDWISE for free in the App Store and on Google Play. COVIDWISE.org today!

While we learn more and more about COVID-19 each day, there are still many questions about daily life and how to best stop the spread of the virus. First and foremost, the most important information has not changed:

- Wear a face covering
- Physical distance at least 6 feet
- Frequent and thorough hand washing

Our staff continues to monitor the situation around the clock. We are working diligently behind the scenes to help protect our community and maintain services. For your convenience, we have compiled a resource guide to frequently asked questions.

If you have a specific question not covered in the links below, please call the Southside COVID-19 hotline (757) 683-2745 for the fastest result. Due to the sheer volume of cases, we cannot guarantee your inquiries to our Chesapeake Health Department staff will be answered in a timely fashion. The Southside hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.  Messages will be monitored over the weekend and answered as soon as possible. 

**Please DO NOT CALL to report face covering violations**

To file an online complaint about Executive Order 72 (Common Sense Surge Restrictions) related only to cloth face coverings, physical distancing 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

WIC - 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

Youth Development Programs

AIM FOR THE BEST - Meets online weekly for 7 weeks; Focuses on decision-making and successful future selves. (Grades 5-7)

PROJECT A.I.M. - Meets in person twice weekly for 6 weeks; Focuses on risk reduction behaviors to avoid disease exposures and encourages plans for future success. (Grades 6-7)

TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM - Year round program that meets online or in person weekly; Provides youth with information to help them learn about themselves through self understanding, social identity, and health & wellness; supports youth’s growth and development in emotions management, decision making, problem solving, and goal setting; and develop skills in connecting with one’s community, developing empathy, strengthens communication skills and understand healthy relationships. Grades (6-12)

Click here for more information.