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Posted on: March 12, 2020
[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources & Updates
Petersburg, Virginia COVID-19 UPDATES (Updated 3/12/2020)
The City of Petersburg is encouraging City employees and community members to heed necessary precautions to minimize the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Currently, there are multiple confirmed cases in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is in constant communication with Petersburg administrative leaders, local health districts, the CDC, and other partners.
The best defense against the virus is rigorous personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing with antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and always cover coughs and sneezes to minimize airborne pathogens.
Travel abroad and Spring Break
With Spring Break near, it is important for families to become familiar with guidance and travel warnings posted on the Centers for Disease Control website. If you are traveling to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, the CDC guidance states: “Travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States and practice social distancing.” CDC TRAVEL GUIDELINES
Keep your child home when sick
If your child has symptoms of illness that would prevent participation at school, then please keep your child at home and call the school to report that your child is sick. Returning to school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.
- Fever: Children should not be in school if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and should stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without medication. During influenza season, children with a fever and other flu-like symptoms may be asked to stay home longer.
- Vomiting and diarrhea: Children should not attend school if they are vomiting or have diarrhea. Children are asked to stay home until 24 hours after the last time they vomited or had diarrhea.
Petersburg Department of Social Services Resources:
Calls for Medicaid: 1-855-242-8282
Customer Service Center: 1-855-635-4370
Health District COVID-19 Video: Click Here
World Health Organization Videos: Click Here
Resources for Faith-Based Leaders: Click Here
Links to more resources on COVID-19:
COVID-19 Main Information Sites:
COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention:
COVID-19 Help Stop Misinformation:
COVID-19 Community and Household Preparation:
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines: