Key updates:

  • On 2/11/20, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19. CDC and VDH will be updating websites and other materials to reflect the updated name. 
  • As of 2/12/20, there are thirteen (13) confirmed U.S. cases in six (6) states (AZ, CA, IL, MA, WA, WI) and sixty (60) persons under investigation (PUIs) with pending laboratory results, with one (1) death of a U.S. citizen abroad. 
  • As of 2/12/20, there have been no confirmed cases and there are no PUIs awaiting lab results associated with this outbreak in Virginia.
  • Local health departments continue to follow up with travelers from China who arrive in Virginia as their final destination. Public health management of travelers is based on CDC risk exposure criteria.
  • A Playbook and an Incident Action Plan (IAP) have been developed for use by the VDH Incident Management Team (IMT). Local health districts are encouraged to modify these tools for local use, as appropriate.
  • On 2/4/20, FDA approved an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) package for the rRT-PCR diagnostic test for 2019-nCoV. State public health laboratories have identified inconclusive lab results with new diagnostic test kits. CDC is looking into the issue and developing a solution as quickly as possible. For the time being, CDC will continue to provide COVID-19 testing for PUIs.
  • CDC continues to release updated guidance and materials, including: