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Virginia Department of Health launches new online tool for coronavirus information

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The Virginia Department of Health has launched a new online tool to address information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It’s called “COVID-19 & You,” and it provides an education and informational topic toolbar to create a more personalized experience, according to the VDH website.

VDH used information from frequently searched topics on the website to create a list of subjects and subtopics that users can click through.

The topics include:

  • What is COVID-19?: This page takes you to information that helps users understand the disease, gives prevention tips and links to further resources.
  • Are you considered high risk?: This page helps users understand if they are at a high risk of catching the virus and whether they are at a greater risk of experiencing complications.
  • Testing: This page helps users find out where they can get tested.
  • Prevention Tips: This page provides information on staying safe in daily life and coping with the changes as well as information for pet owners.
  • COVID-19 and the workplace: Provides information for employees who are considered essential, and information for business owner and managers about protecting employees.
  • Travel: Provides information about traveling within the state, international travel and the safety of public transportation.
  • What to do if you or a family member is feeling sick: This page provides information about how individuals should respond to signs of illness, whether quarantine or isolation is necessary and how to care for a family member who has contracted the virus.
  • You can help: Information on volunteer opportunities and how to prevent the spread of the virus in your community.
  • Resources: This page lists other resources from Medicaid to the Health District Locator.

VDH began working on the project on April 8 with software from the declared data company, Jebbit.

“Covid-19 & You allows the public an innovative way of accessing information by customizing the experience through channels,” said Suresh Soundararajan, VDH chief information officer. “It addresses frequently asked questions regarding health concerns and issues. It offers an interactive way to disseminate information and create transparency and awareness for the public.”

Soundararajan said website will continue to be updated and edited based on the experiences and analytics of these pages.

To learn more, visit the new webpage online.

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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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