RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health is making it easier to access and analyze detailed, historical COVID-19 data and track changes from previous weeks.
The VDH this week began reporting all currently available COVID-19 datasets — including the addition of historical data — through the Virginia Open Data Portal.
The update extends access to VDH data that allows the public to interpret and analyze past data from throughout the state.
Located under the Data Download section of the COVID-19 in Virginia webpage, the portal provides datasets for public use and download.
Previously, the datasets posted on the COVID-19 in Virginia webpage contained data for a single day and were updated daily. Each COVID-19 dataset in the new portal will continue to be updated daily but now will include historical data that may be helpful for people who are following the COVID-19 trends in Virginia.
Throughout the pandemic, VDH has shared COVID-19 data through a daily dashboard, including key measures, data insights and as downloadable datasets.
VDH will continue to update these resources as new data and analyses become available.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.