United Way of Central Virginia is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Central Virginia area. The safety and well-being of our clients, donors, staff, and volunteers is one of our top priorities.
United Way of Central Virginia Events
While there have not been any cases of COVID-19 at United Way of Central Virginia, we are working to limit any potential risk by canceling, postponing, and rescheduling certain meetings and events. We are monitoring the situation week by week and will announce any further cancellations and/or postponed events as soon as possible.
Information and updates on donor events can be found at https://www.unitedwaycv.org/events or on our facebook page.
211 Information and Referral Service
As always, our 211 information and referral service is here answering the call from our neighbors in need. 211 provides information about community resources and connects people to basic needs assistance and other social services, for which demand is likely to increase. You can also search the 211 database online at www.211virginia.org. 211 is not the number to call for emergencies or if someone suspects they have COVID-19. Those concerned about or affected by COVID-19 should follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
1. What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (“Coronavirus Disease 2019”) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by a new (novel) coronavirus that initially emerged in Wuhan Provence, China in December 2019.
2. What are the symptoms?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
3. What are the most reliable sources of COVID-19 information?
For those with access to the internet, the best sources of up-to-date information are the Virginia Department of Health website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. You can also call 877-ASK-VDH3 for additional information.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary a bit from person to person. Some people with COVID-19 infection have no symptoms (also known as asymptomatic). Children generally experience similar signs and symptoms of illness as adults. For additional information, see Children and COVID-19.
Virginians can use COVIDCheck, an online risk-assessment tool to check their symptoms and connect with appropriate health care resources, including COVID-19 testing. Visit VDH’s web page for more information on what to do if you feel sick.
For more information on symptoms of COVID-19, visit the CDC’s webpage: Symptoms of Coronavirus.
4. What is the current status of COVID-19 in Virginia? Where can I find statistical data on cases, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with COVID-19 ? (Last updated 2/8/21)
Transmission of COVID-19 is happening throughout Virginia. Check the VDH Website for daily updates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 as well as outbreak and testing information. VDH uses standard case definitions for consistent reporting.
5. How is VDH responding to COVID-19?
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continues to work closely with local, state and federal government partners, community partners, first responders, healthcare providers, and emergency management partners, to respond to this public health threat.
VDH is also working with state and local health departments, health care systems, businesses, schools, colleges and universities, and the general public to reduce widespread transmission of COVID-19.
When illness is reported to VDH, our health experts investigate. VDH assists with testing for COVID-19 through our state public health lab and private laboratories. If a case of illness is identified, VDH works to identify those who have had close contact with the patient and monitor their health closely.
6. What is COVIDWISE?
COVIDWISE is the official Virginia Exposure Notification System (ENS) app created by the Virginia Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple. This free smartphone app is now available to all Virginians on Google Play and in the App Store. You can use your phone in the fight against COVID-19 to be notified quickly if you’ve likely been exposed. Using the app is voluntary and your privacy is protected. Location is never used and the app has a new feature that can now take symptom onset date into consideration. Virginia is the first state to utilize this technology.
Information on COVIDWISE can be found here.
FAQs regarding COVIDWISE can be found here.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs
1. What is the full scope of the Virginia COVID Information Center? (Last updated 2/17/21)
The Virginia COVID Information Center is a dedicated interagency effort across the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide Virginia residents and workers with an integrated, comprehensive solution for timely and accurate COVID-19 general information, in alignment with CDC guidelines, and simplify vaccination pre-registration and scheduling services for all Virginia residents and workers.
2. Who is eligible for support from the Virginia COVID Information Center? (Last updated 4/18/21)
All Virginia residents and workers are eligible for scheduling, vaccination, and general COVID inquiry services. This includes all undocumented immigrants. The Information Center’s sole objective in collecting your information is to help you get vaccinated. Information gathered by the Virginia COVID Information Center or on Virginia Department of Health websites will not be shared for any other purposes except as authorized or required by law. The Commonwealth of Virginia will never call, email, or text asking for your social security number or payment as it relates to vaccination.
3. Is this available 24/7? What will the hours of operation be? (Last updated 2/17/21)
The Virginia COVID information Center’s resources can be accessed anytime online and by phone 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm ET at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).