VDH Update, Friday, October 9, 2020:
The Virginia Dept. of Health now reports a running total of 156,649 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 in the state. That's 1,114 new cases since the previous day. There have been a total of 3,344 deaths reported in the state, up 16 from the previous day.
The VDH reports that the state's positivity rate is 4.8%, up from 4.5% last week.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and his wife Pamela have both tested positive for COVID-19 after a member of the governor's official residence staff began experiencing symptoms and subsequently tested positive. More on this story from ABC 13 - WSET.
The Virginia Dept. of Health is encouraging Virginians to download the COVIDWISE smartphone app to help track and prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. The app is anonymous and does not collect or store any personal information. Click here for details.
The VDH Coronavirus Hotline, 1-877-275-8343, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Governor Northam has created a task force of business representatives from around the state to come up with guidelines to reopen the economy, called Forward Virginia.
Virginians are urged to follow CDC recommendations to wear cloth face masks when they venture out, while also continuing to adhere to the six foot social distancing guideline.
Visit the CDC Website for instructions on how to make a mask without sewing.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has created a coloring book to help children Learn About the Coronvirus.
•The Virginia Dept of Health has opened public health call centers to answer questions and provide information about COVID-19 and related issues. See the list at ABC 13 -WSET.
•Centra Health has opened a coronavirus information hotline: 434-200-1225
•The state's Feeding Program is open to all Virginians in need of food assistance. Visit vafoodbanks.org for more information.
•Anyone needing social services can dial 211. The Domestic Violence Hotline continues to operate at 1-800-838-8238.
•The Virginia Employment Commission encourages all displaced workers to apply for benefits by phone or online. The one-week waiting period and active job search requirements have been waived. Apply at the VEC Website or call 1-866-832-2363.
Click the links below for up-to-date health information about the Coronavirus: