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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.

EVMS Infectious Disease Expert on the Delta Variant and Updated CDC Guidelines

For more information, see the Hot Topics below.

Hot Topics

General Information
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State & Local Information

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 for anyone with a EVMS ID badge under the following conditions:

Mask and social distancing requirements
Masks are required for students, staff, faculty and visitors inside all EVMS buildings regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with new CDC guidelines and EVMS protocols. The only exception is when a fully vaccinated individual is working alone in a private area.

Fully vaccinated individuals
Social distancing will not be required in study rooms, classrooms or meetings, but participants will be required to wear masks.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals
Those who are who are not fully vaccinated must maintain as much social distance as possible at all times, including when they are in classrooms. Learn more about EVMS' vaccination requirements.

Additional information
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.