Norfolk Department of Public Health/Virginia Department of Health is closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has now been detected in 50 locations internationally, including the United States. Refer to the VDH webpage for current number of cases under investigation in Virginia. If you have questions regarding the coronavirus, please contact our hotline at 757-683-2745. Calls will be monitored from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. The call center will be closed from 12:30pm-1:30pm (M-F). Messages will be monitored during this time and over the weekend. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions regarding the novel coronavirus situation.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different animals such as camels, cattle, cats, and bats.The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Many of the COVID-19 patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting the virus likely originated from an animal source. Currently, there are indications that the virus can now spread from person to person.
Norfolk Department of Public Health (NDPH) is following the updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health guidelines to quickly identify people who may be infected with COVID-19. NDPH is also working closely with first responders, health care providers, hospitals, and local health districts.and other community partners to protect the health and well-being of all Norfolk citizens.