I wanted to update you on what we currently know related to the COVID-19 virus in Virginia. The Governor has issued a state of emergency for our Commonwealth. To help slow the spread of the virus, the Governor ordered all schools to be closed for at least two weeks and has banned public gatherings of over 100 people.
Below are helpful links to stay updated on developments related to COVID-19:
Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH): http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Everyone must prepare for some disruption to our lives at work and at home. We must also remain calm and set an example for our families, friends, and neighbors.
In addition to limiting public interaction, there are a few common-sense steps to help keep you and your family safe and slow the spread of the virus:
• If you are sick, stay home.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Avoid contact with sick people as much as possible.
• Avoid non-essential travel.
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
• Stay up to date with the latest information. Visit www.VDH.virginia.gov/coronavirus.