The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia. City of Hopewell officials are closely monitoring the latest conditions and developing plans to address the evolving situation with Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. The City is working with the Crater Health District and our state and regional partners to protect our citizens and share the most current information. The Crater Health District is the lead agency on COVID-19 and is working with and following guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health experts indicate that people of all ages are susceptible, and that in most cases it causes a mild illness, though it can be severe. According to the CDC, the most at-risk population still seems to be older adults and those with underlying health conditions.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The VDH is recommending simple steps that can be taken to slow the spread of the virus:
o Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
o Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
o Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
o Stay home if you feel sick.
o If you have a fever, stay home until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
o Avoid close contact with other and seek medical treatment, if necessary.
o Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
o Avoid non-essential travel.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites:
Here are some additional links to websites with information related to COVID-19:
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