We need everyone’s help to stop the spread. Individuals, communities, businesses, and healthcare organizations all play an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Virginia is currently in Phases 1A and 1B of our COVID-19 vaccination plan. Healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities, frontline essential workers, and those at increased risk of exposure or serious illness are now getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We all need to continue to take the steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, even after we get vaccinated.
Wash your hands often, stay at least six feet apart from others, wear a mask in public settings, stay home if you are sick, and disinfect high-touch surfaces often. These are all very important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Stay in your home from midnight to 5:00 a.m. Only leave your home during this time for essential activities, including seeking medical care, obtaining food and goods, and traveling to and from work. These are requirements of the modified Stay at Home Order as of December 14.
All Virginians should limit indoor and outdoor in-person gatherings to no more than 10 people. Continue to practice physical distancing and avoid mass gatherings and crowded places.
As of December 14, Governor Northam expanded the mask mandate to require that all Virginians aged 5 years and older wear masks that cover their mouth and nose in indoor settings shared with people outside of their household and when outdoors within six feet of another person who does not live with them.
Anyone experiencing anxiety or stress related to COVID-19 may call or text VA COPES, a free and confidential COVID-19 response warmline, at 877-349-6428,
Mon-Fri 9:00am to 9:00pm and Sat - Sun. 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Spanish speakers are available.
Please click here for the most up-to-date information about Virginia WIC's COVID-19 response.
The goal of Virginia WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children (under 5 years) through better nutrition and access to health care. The Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, supplemental nutritious foods, counseling at WIC clinics, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. To be eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must meet categorical, residential, income, and nutrition risk requirements.
WIC participants are provided WIC benefits each month, and use their eWIC cards at authorized stores and commissary locations to purchase eligible WIC items. The Virginia WIC Program is committed to ensuring that WIC participants have reasonable access to authorized store locations.
In 2004, Virginia WIC implemented the Loving Support Through Peer Counseling, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. Loving Support aims to enhance the continuity of WIC’s breastfeeding promotion efforts by offering mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.