RICHMOND, Va. -- Authorities said 49 patients and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond as of Friday afternoon.
Officials with the VA hospital said seven people are receiving inpatient care and the other 42 are receiving outpatient treatment.
"In accordance with CDC guidelines and the employees’ clinical status, the individuals are currently in home isolation, mitigating further risk of transmission to other patients and staff," a spokesperson said.
A veteran first tested positive for COVID-19 at McGuire on Thursday, March 26.
The facility is screening all veterans and staff members who show symptoms that could be coronavirus-related, officials previously said.
“Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, patients known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others,” officials previously said.
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.