Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health
Select health-focused blog posts include:
Feb. 28 | Masks Now Optional in County Facilities
Oct. 27 | Celebrate Diwali Safely on Nov. 4
Oct. 7 | Child-Sized Mask Donations Needed
Aug 19 | COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose FAQs
Aug 5 | COVID-19 Delta Variant FAQs
Apr. 30 | Phase 2 Vaccine FAQs: Second Doses
Apr. 24 | CDC and FDA Lift Pause on J&J Vaccine
Apr. 13 | COVID-19 Call Center Updates
Oct. 20 | How to Vote Safely During the Pandemic
August 27 | 5 Things to Know about COVID-19 Testing
August 21 | What is Public Charge and What Does it Mean?
July 10 | Is It Safe to Go to the Pool or Beach?
July 2 | Tips for a Safe July 4 Holiday
June 1 | Who to Contact About COVID-19 Issues
March 20 | Mental Health — Take Care Both Physically and Emotionally During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 15 | 4 Things to Know About Social Distancing
March 14 | Watch Out for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams
Feb. 23 | COVID-19 Booster Dose Update
Dec. 9 | COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance
Oct. 5 | COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Intent
Sept. 15 | COVID-19 Laboratory Updates
July 6 | COVID-19 Healthcare Updates
March 17 | COVID-19 Public Health Testing Guidance
March 12 | COVID-19 Commercial Testing Guidance
The following were situational updates shared early in the COVID-19 emergency.
Virginia’s state and local public health leaders announced two presumptive positive cases of coronaviruses disease earlier today. The first individual is a Marine Base Corps Quantico resident who is at Fort Belvoir. The second individual is a resident of the City of Fairfax in their 80s who traveled on a similar Nile River cruise as other positive coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. See the press release for more information.
On March 8, 2020, Virginia’s state and local public health leaders provided a status update on the first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) in Virginia. See the recording.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve. Although most cases outside of China are travel-related, community spread of the virus is now being detected in a growing number of countries. At this time, person-to-person spread in the United States appears to be limited, but CDC recommends planning at all levels for the eventuality of community spread in the U.S.
CDC has issued a Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel notice for China and South Korea. A Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions notice has been issued for Japan, Iran and Italy and a watch Level 1 has been issued for Hong Kong. The CDC also recommends that all travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia. This is a rapidly evolving situation, so please see the CDC website for the most up-to-date travel information.
The World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19. Our website and other materials are being updated accordingly.
The Virginia Department of Health has received test results for the first of two Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Northern Region of Virginia. The results from testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were negative, indicating that the individual does not have the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection. At this time, Virginia continues to have no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. Please visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus for regular updates on PUIs, test results and other information about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
January 24, 2020 | Statement on Exchange Student Visit to Fairfax County from Yichang, China
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