For COVID-19 questions, call the Prince William Health District public information line: (703) 872-7759 M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Text COVIDPWC to 888777 for COVID-19 alerts Texto COVIDPWCES 888777 for Alertas COVID-19
Due to a higher than normal volume of calls to the County’s Public Safety Communications Center (9-1-1) during this pandemic, unless emergency services are needed, the Center encourages residents to avoid calling 9-1-1 if they are wondering if they have contracted the virus or only because they have some of the symptoms. Whenever possible, residents are encouraged to contact their physician and follow their direction. If residents are dealing with a life threatening emergency and are in need of emergency services, please volunteer the following information to the call taker: Is the patient suffering from 1) fever, 2) cough, 3) shortness of breath and /or 4) any foreign country travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The COVID-19 is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

The symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to those of influenza or other respiratory illnesses and may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19

These symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Currently, those at elevated risk of exposure are:

  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19
  • Travelers returning from affected international or domestic locations, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Washing your hands and keeping them clean, remains one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Here is some additional information from the Center for Disease Control on the best way to wash your hands.

A Declaration of a Local State of Emergency allows the County to mobilize and prioritize resources, easily purchase needed goods and services, and assign and coordinate response activities to help promote and enforce social distancing. In summary, it allows us to respond to emerging issues, such as the Coronavirus, quickly and effectively.

Although the situation changes on a daily basis, we continue efforts to reduce our residents’ and employees’ exposure to COVID-19. To that end, we have canceled all outside meetings and closed senior centers, libraries and County office buildings (Sudley North, Ferlazzo, McCoart and Hellwig) to outside visitors. A full list of the county’s operational status can be found here.

While Halloween typically represents a time of fun and excitement for children and adults alike, the current Halloween season will be different than prior years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to help families successfully navigate this unprecedented time, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has issued guidance on trick-or-treating and other Halloween events. Visit this link to read VDH Interim Guidance for Participating in Halloween Events.

Protect Yourself

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a face mask. 

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For the latest Coronavirus information in Virginia visit: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus