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'Distinct clusters' account for more than half of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 13:26:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. – The number of COVID-19 cases associated with "distinct clusters" of local transmission of the virus continues to climb in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Wednesday.

Those clusters include 570 (+38 from Tuesday) cases in Fairfax County, 291 (+24) in Henrico County, 263 (+27) in Prince William County, 254 (+17) in Arlington County, 207 (+7) in Virginia Beach, 238 (+29) in Loudon County, 145 (+17) in Chesterfield County, 122 (+3) in James City County and 119 (+9) in Richmond.

The health department reported 312 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 2,000 people tested since Tuesday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 3,645.

As of Wednesday's update, 615 people remain hospitalized and 75 people have died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

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VDH data showed the coronavirus has most impacted people aged 50 to 69 since that group accounts for just over 37 percent of cases.

"But we're also seeing cases in people in their 20s," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam previoulsy said.

In fact, Northam said that group accounts for over 12 percent of cases in the state.

"There has been some talk, and I have seen activity around Virginia, that this only affects the elderly. Well, it doesn't. It affects all of us, "Northam said. "So take this seriously and please stay home."

Slightly more women have been infected by the virus at 1,880 cases versus the 1,717 cases reported in men as of Sunday. No gender was reported for 48 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 11
Albemarle: 41 (+3)
Alleghany: 2
Alexandria: 143 (+17)
Appomattox: 3
Arlington: 254 (+17)
Amelia: 8 (+1)
Amherst: 8
Augusta: 13 (+3)

Bedford: 12 (+4)
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 18
Brunswick: 1
Buchanan: 1
Buckingham: 9 (+3)
Buena Vista City: 4

Campbell: 4 (+1)
Caroline: 4
Carroll: 2
Charles City: 5 (+1)
Charlotte: 1
Charlottesville: 23
Chesapeake: 99 (+19)
Chesterfield: 145 (+17)
Clarke: 3 (+1)
Colonial Heights: 1 (new)
Covington: 1
Craig: 2
Culpeper: 10 (+1)
Cumberland: 6

Danville: 15
Dinwiddie: 2 (+1)

Emporia: 4 (+2)

Fairfax: 570 (+38)
Fauquier: 17 (-1)
Fluvanna: 12 (+3)
Franklin City: 5 (+1)
Franklin County: 12 (+1)
Frederick: 46 (+3)
Fredericksburg: 8

Galax: 1
Giles: 2
Gloucester: 16 (+1)
Goochland: 24 (+2)
Greene: 4
Greenesville: 5

Halifax: 2
Hanover: 22 (+3)
Hampton: 53 (+10)
Harrisonburg: 36 (+9)
Henrico: 291 (+24)
Henry: 4
Hopewell: 13

Isle of Wight: 23

James City: 122 (+3)

King George: 11 (+1)
King and Queen: 1
King William: 2

Lancaster: 1
Lexington: 3
Lee: 3 (+1)
Louisa: 16 (+2)
Loudoun: 238 (+29)
Lunenburg: 2
Lynchburg: 20

Madison: 5 (+1)
Manassas City: 20
Manassas Park: 5 (+1)
Mathews: 2
Mecklenburg: 16 (+4)
Montgomery: 16

Nelson: 3 (+1)
New Kent: 11 (-1)
Newport News: 60 (+3)
Norfolk: 77 (+5)
Northampton: 2
Northumberland: 3
Nottoway: 3

Orange: 7

Page: 3
Petersburg: 9 (-1)
Pittsylvania: 3
Poquoson: 4
Portsmouth: 41 (+5)
Powhatan: 4
Prince Edward: 3
Prince George: 24 (+3)
Prince William: 263 (+27)
Pulaski: 2

Radford: 1
Rappahannock: 1
Richmond City: 119 (+(9)
Richmond County: 2
Roanoke City: 14 (+2)
Roanoke County: 14 (+6)
Rockbridge: 3
Rockingham: 20 (+4)
Russell: 1

Salem: 1
Shenandoah: 13 (+1)
Smyth: 5 (+2)
Spotsylvania: 31 (+2)
Southampton: 5
Stafford: 48 (-1)
Staunton: 1
Suffolk: 31 (+1)
Surry: 3
Sussex: 6 (+1)

Tazewell: 4

Virginia Beach: 207 (+7)

Warren: 8 (+2)
Washington: 12 (+2)
Waynesboro: 2
Westmoreland: 5 (+2)
Winchester: 15 (+1)
Williamsburg: 16 (+2)
Wise: 4 (+1)
Wythe: 6 (+3)

York: 25

*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 9 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day.

COVID-19 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 contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

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