Health department: COVID-19 now considered ‘widespread’ in Virginia

Officials seeing ‘widespread community transmission’ of coronavirus statewide

Coronavirus in Virginia
Coronavirus in Virginia (WSLS 10)

ROANOKE, Va. – The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading in communities across Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

VDH is now reporting “widespread community transmission” of COVID-19 across the state.

[Where are Virginia’s coronavirus cases? The health department’s interactive map]

The department reminds Virginians of their power to stop the spread, including doing things like practicing social distancing, frequent and thorough hand-washing, disinfecting commonly-touched surfaces, and staying home as much as possible.

There is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop symptoms or before their symptoms start, according to VDH. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that people are most contagious when they have symptoms.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, click here.

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