What to do if you are sick?
Prevention and Health Guidance
Up-To-Date Information from the CDC:
- What You Should Know (here)
- Travel Information (here)
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (here)
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (here)
- Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
- Healthcare Professionals (here)
- Resources for Health Departments (here)
- Laboratories (here)
- Communication Resources (here)
Health Industry Resources
Resources for Healthcare Workers, Labs, and Individuals
Resources for Medicare and Medicaid Telehealth
PPE Resources, Guidance, and FAQs
Relief for Hospitals
Resources for Small Businesses
What Small Businesses Need To Know
Information for Small Businesses from the White House
Small Business Assistance from the Treasury Department
Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19
- SBA Loan Application Information
Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program Application Form
- Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
- Paycheck Protection Program Guide for Small Businesses
- Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet from the Treasury Dept.
- Paycheck Protection Program FAQs from the Treasury Dept.
- Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rule (SBA)
- SBA Interim Final Rule on Temporary Changes and Nondiscrimination and Additional Eligibility Criteria
Main Street Business Lending Program Fact Sheet
Phase II - Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs
Phase III - The CARES Act FAQs
- Small Business Guide to the CARES Act
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Resources for Small Businesses and Employees
Resources for Individuals
Economic Impact Payments FAQs
Economic Impact Payments Information from the Social Security Administration
Economic Impact Payments Information Center from the IRS
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Virginia Unemployment Information and FAQs
Unemployment Insurance FAQs
FAQs from Virginia Workers regarding COVID-19
Homeowner and Mortgage FAQs
Volunteer Opportunities and Giving Back in VA-01
President Trump's Work for Seniors
Resources for Groups
Resources for Educators
- CDC Guidance and Decision Tree on School Reopening
Resources for Faith Leaders and Worshippers
- FAQs for Communities of Faith, on Funerals, Drive-Through Church, etc.
Resources for Families
Resources for Veterans
FAQ Regarding Governor Northam's Executive Order 53
Virginia COVID-19 Situation Summary
Virginia Department of Health Emergency Preparedness
Virginia COVID-19 Updates
Agency Resources and Hotline Contact Information
Agency-by-agency resources and guidance:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
- U.S. Department of Education (here)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
- U.S. Department of Labor (here)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
- U.S. Department of State (here)
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
- U.S. Department of the Treasury (here)
- U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (here)
- FEMA (here)
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019.
COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea and headache. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death
The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
There is no Coronavirus vaccine yet. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, coughing into the bend of your elbow, staying home when you are sick and wearing a cloth face covering if you can't practice social distancing.
Symptoms and Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. *
- Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Your cloth face covering may protect them. Their cloth face covering may protect you.
About Cloth Face Coverings
A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Why it is important to wear a cloth face covering
Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. The cloth face coverings recommended here are not surgical masks or respirators. Currently, those are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders. Cloth face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (like N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (like surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are recommended or required to protect the wearer.
ALERT: Wittman's Washington, D.C., Office Teleworking:
In light of the evolving situation concerning the corona virus ("COVID-19") and the National Capitol Region (NCR) experiencing community transmission, out of an abundance of caution, my DC office will be working under a modified operating status, including telework, until further notice. My district offices in Hanover, Stafford, and Tappahannock will continue working under normal operating status. We want to ensure that we assertively safeguard the health and safety of our workforce while remaining open to serve the American people and conduct mission critical functions. Official business will continue to be conducted. If you need to get in contact with anyone in my office, please call any one of my offices listed below. For immediate assistance, please contact one of my district offices.
Phone: (804) 730-6595
Phone: (540) 659-2734
Phone: (804) 443-0668
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