A new online tool launched Friday in Virginia lists coronavirus outbreaks in specific state programs and facilities investigated by the Virginia Department of Health in one place.
The dashboard was created to meet the requirements of a bill passed in a Virginia General Assembly Special Session.
The emergency legislation states the state’s department of health must make outbreak information public.
The bill states that the information must include the name of the place at which the outbreak occurred and the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths resulting from COVID-19 at that location.
The dashboard includes outbreaks in medical care facilities, residential or day programs licensed by the state, as well as summer camps and public schools.
Until this new dashboard came about, information on long-term care facilities and schools were listed on separate websites.
The information is updated every week on Fridays and lists the name of the place, the status of the outbreak, the date that the department of health was notified, along with the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
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