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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


This guide provides information on the outbreak of a new virus, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly referred to as 2019 novel coronavirus and 2019-nCoV, which causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. It is one of the rare coronaviruses that originated in an animal, infected one or more person(s), and then spread between people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

COVIDWISE – Virginia’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App

Available from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia’s COVIDWISE is the first app in the US to use the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google. The app protects your privacy by using Bluetooth Low Energy technology instead of personal data or location tracking to notify you if you’ve recently spent time near another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19. By using the app, you can help stop the spread of the virus.

Find out more about COVIDWISE or download it for free from the Google Play Store or the iPhone App Store.

Brickell Library Updates - OPEN - LIMITED BASIS

The Brickell Medical Sciences Library service desks have returned to pre-COVID hours, and the facility is open 24/7 on a limited basis under the following conditions:
  • No public access; only EVMS staff, faculty, students and residents.
  • Transit through the Library is limited; entrance/exit to the Library is through the south door in the rotunda area; north door facing the green space in front of Lester Hall remains exit only until 4th floor renovations are completed.
  • Masks and social distancing required in all open library spaces, including:
    • Open study areas (tables, carrels)
    • Corridors
    • Stairwells
    • Elevators
    • Computer classroom (limit 15 persons)
    • Computer lab (limit 10 persons)
    • Service desks (computer lab, circulation, and information as well as public access computer stations)
    • Staff offices
  • Study rooms, study tables, and study carrels are labeled for use according to distancing guidelines. Study room use is limited to 1 to 2 persons as posted.

Housekeeping teams are cleaning and disinfecting Library spaces daily and nightly; with special attention to high touch areas such as tables, carrels, light switches, and doorknobs throughout the day.

For more information, see our FAQ in the navigation to the left.

School updates can be found on the EVMS COVID-19 page.

Assessment & Testing

According to the CDC, infected people have had a wide range of symptoms--from mild to severe--including cough, shortness of breath, fever, and other symptoms.

If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, use one of the links below to do a self assessment to help you determine your next steps regarding medical care or to find a testing location:

Online Resources

About This Guide

This guide was developed as part of the EVMS Library's commitment to addressing our community’s most pressing health needs through outreach. Our goal is to improve the health information seeking process and understanding of patients, family members, students, and other members of our Hampton Roads community through increased awareness and use of reliable, freely available, authoritative health information.

We also aim to support the information needs of local public library staff and health professionals who also serve our community. Library staff and health professionals, we'd like to hear from you! Please let us know how you are using our guide at



Developed resources reported in this subject guide are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.