WHAT’S NEW | COVID-19 DATA | RESOURCES & INFORMATION
The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts is seeking proposals from a diverse array of organizations to support our goal of ensuring greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines for those disproportionately affected by COVID-19. CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Grant opportunity.
All case data are laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 that we extract from our live Virginia Electronic Disease Surveillance System (VEDSS) and freeze once a day. The health department’s epidemiological team uses this data to initiate case investigations and contact tracing for our community. Although some people are tested multiple times, this data has been corrected to reflect unique cases. Individuals who test multiple times are not counted multiple times.
We strive for transparency and accuracy in our data. As individual cases are investigated by public health, more complete information may be learned that could lead to corrections in details of cases or deaths. Some examples of corrections or updates that may lead to data changes include:
- Update or correction of case’s home address, resulting in a change to their location of residence to another county or state,
- Correction to laboratory results,
- Correction to a case’s status from confirmed to unconfirmed (for example, blood tests detecting antibodies are considered unconfirmed; only test results detecting the virus causing COVID-19 are marked as confirmed),
- De-duplication or merging and consolidation of case records of a single individual,
- Update of case’s demographic information from “missing or unknown” to complete information.
Cases are also reported to the central office of the Virginia Department of Health and shared on the COVID-19 Data Portal Link. The data reported at the local level is the most up-to-date, however the state level data is counting the same cases with the same methodologies, and differences in the local and state data will eventually catch up to one another.
Resources & Information:
Call Centers for questions and concerns related to COVID-19:
- Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District COVID Hotline: 540-613-6597
- Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District Epidemiology Department: 540-204-9995
- Virginia Department of Health State Call center
- VA COPES Warmline
- VDH FAQs
- CDC FAQs
- Recursos disponibles a nuestra comunidad hispanohablante | Resources available to the Spanish-speaking community
- COVIDWISE App – Help Virginia Stop COVID-19.
- Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE Exposure Notifications app to help protect your community while protecting your privacy.
COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure:
- Feeling Sick Comparison Chart English, Spanish
- Slow the Spread/Notify Your Contacts Infographic
- Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
- VDH COVID-19 Viral Test Results Infographic
Effective December 8, 2020, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), has determined that employers no longer need to report single COVID-19 positive cases to VDH, in order to comply with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19. However, after the initial report of outbreak (two or more cases), employers shall continue to report all cases to VDH until the local health department notifies the business that the outbreak has been closed.
After the outbreak is closed, subsequent identification of two or more cases of COVID-19 during a declared emergency shall be reported, as above.
- Online Reporting Portal for COVID-19 Case Reports
- COVID-19 case reports must be filed through the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) 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.
- You can also report positive cases of COVID-19 by calling the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District’s Epidemiology Department at 540-204-9995.
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