FARMVILLE, Va. -- A patient in a Farmville-area nursing home has died from coronavirus (COVID-19), a spokesperson for Piedmont Health District said.
No other information about the deceased was made public.
“The entire Staff of the Piedmont Health District wish to share their deepest condolences with the families so deeply affected by this pandemic,” Dr. Howard Nash, Piedmont Health District Directorm said. “The Heart of Virginia weeps with you, and will heal with you as we work through these tough times together.”
The health department is working with the facility to help reduce the spread of the virus.
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.