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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The best way to prevent infection is with one of the widely available COVID vaccines and subsequent booster doses. In addition, it is importatnt to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.



Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.





The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another.

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • From a sick person who is within six (6) feet.
  • Touching a surface or object with the virus on it.




Call your healthcare provider before you go to a clinic, urgent care or emergency room.





Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.


Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.


Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


When you are sick, stay home and rest.




Alexandria Health Department
The Alexandria Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus "COVID-19." Learn about the City's response and find information and resources related to COVID-19.

Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Department of Health is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Northern Virginia Health Foundation Report on COVID 19
The Foundation's goal is improve the health of Northern Virginians, with an emphasis on the health and health care of low-income, uninsured, or underinsured persons and health education, prevention of disease, and wellness programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our nation’s premier authority on public health information. The page that the CDC has developed for American citizens is a one-stop shop for background on the strain, COVID-19, as well as the class of coronaviruses; CDC-authored news monitoring the situation, including all the statistics on cases; and a wealth of resources for professionals, travelers, and the general public.

World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. This page for the Coronaviruses family of viruses includes background, select news on the outbreak, and links to Questions and Answers on Coronaviruses.

Gale Health & Wellness
Gale Health and Wellness is a comprehensive consumer health resource that provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues.

Medline Plus
MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information in language you can understand. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Hesperian Health
Mutliple language guides on the coronavirus. Available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Urdu, Bangla, Filipino, Vietnamese, Bahasa, Indonesia, Farsi, Sindhi, Telugu and Hindi.

Pandemic Preparedness from VRSA
Resources and information for business owners, first responders and human resources departments.

Legal Resources for COVID-19
Resources and information for dealing with legal issues during COVID-19.