3rd Richmond resident dies from COVID-19 complications

Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 10:49:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A third City of Richmond resident has died from complications related to COVID-19.

The patient was a woman in her 90s with underlying health issues, according to Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts.

On Tuesday, the city announced its first two deaths associated with the coronavirus.

The two Richmond-area Greyhound employees, Paul Wright and Phillip DeBerry, died from complications related to COVID-19 after contracted the virus at a driver training school in New Jersey, according to the president of the union that represents Greyhound drivers.

City health officials say both men were in their 70s and suffered from underlying, chronic conditions.

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions

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 non-essential travel.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.
  • Avoid crowds of more than ten people.