DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- A woman in her 30s tested positive for COVID-19 becoming the first person in Dinwiddie County to do so, a spokesperson with the, Crater Health District (CHD) announced Monday.
The woman was hospitalized, but her condition was not released.
"We continue to collaborate with our city, county and community partners to respond to cases throughout the Crater Health District. We are monitoring patient updates and identifying their close contacts,” Crater Health District Director Alton Hart, Jr. said. “The health department carries out in-depth interviews with confirmed cases and works with our healthcare partners in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across the Commonwealth."
To reach the Crater Health District coronavirus call center call t804-862-8989 or 877-ASK-VDH3.
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.