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Chesterfield coronavirus cases rise to 4

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 15:06:51-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – The Chesterfield Health District confirms two new cases of the coronavirus in Chesterfield, bringing the county’s total to four positive cases.

The two new cases includes a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s. Health officials say there is currently no apparent contact links between the two.

Both patients are hospitalized with ongoing case investigations, according to the Chesterfield Health District.

“To protect patient privacy, the health district will provide no further information about these patients,” health officials said in a statement.

The cases comes one day after a Chesterfield woman in her 50s has tested positive for COVID-19. That woman is under voluntary quarantine at home.

Stay with CBS 6 for the latest on this developing story.

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 reminds individuals to take 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.