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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is now a pandemic, meaning a global outbreak of disease. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Different parts of the United States are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. U.S. COVID-19 cases include those among travelers, cases among close contacts of a known case, and community spread. Please review the links provided below for more information.

NEW!  Final Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Adopted at the July 15th, 2020 Continued Emergency Meeting

The ETS incorporates the following documents by reference:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List N for use against SARS-CoV-2
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (Dec. 2009)

Reporting COVID-19 positive cases: The 16 VAC 25-220-40.B.8.e of the Emergency Temporary Standard, Infectious Disease Prevention:  SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 provides that “The employer shall notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.” Employers may use contact information listed on our Report A Workplace Fatality, Severe Injury, Or Positive Coronavirus Case page

NEW!  Outreach, Education and Training for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, 16VAC25-220

NEW!  Proposed Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention for COVID-19


Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic – July 15, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the adoption of Statewide Emergency Workplace Safety Standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.


For any questions related to COVID-19 and Executive Order No. 53 please contact us at covid19questions@doli.virginia.gov 

VOSH is addressing health and safety employees’ concerns related to COVID-19 with a phone/fax investigation.

To file a Health or Safety Complaint please follow the link for assistance. File an online complaint

For employees that have questions regarding unemployment, please contact the Virginia Employment Commission at http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

For questions concerning payment of wage or child labor laws, please contact us at laborlaw@doli.virginia.gov

NEW! Business Reopening Toolkit

NEW! Guidance from Federal OSHA to employers on returning to work


Executive Orders from the Governor

NEW! Governor’s Executive Order No. 63 Requirement to Wear Face Covering While Inside Buildings

NEW! Governor’s Executive Order No. 61 (Amended)  Phase One Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to COVID-19

Governor’s Executive Order No. 61  Phase One Business Sector Guidelines

Governor’s Executive Order No. 55

Governor’s Executive Order No. 53 

The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Executive Order No. 53


OSHA Workplace Exposure Posters
In an effort to help promote infection control methods in the workplace, Federal OSHA has created an informative poster. While not required to be posted, it is a good reminder to all employees on ways they can stay safe in the workplace.

OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – English

OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – Spanish


Consultation Newsletter

Coronavirus Newsletter (first edition)


Industry Specific Guidance 

NEW! COVID-19 Presentation

Industry Specific Reference Links for COVID-19


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reference Links

VDH Interim Workplace Guidance and Recommendations for Increased Absenteeism/Sick Leave Policies

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hazard Alert – English

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hazard Alert – Spanish

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Overview

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – English

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Spanish

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Centers for Disease Control Print Resources

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracking Cases

Centers for Disease Control Guidance to Workplaces:

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance