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DuPont employee in Chesterfield dies from COVID-19 complications

Posted at 10:58 AM, Apr 09, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A DuPont employee in Chesterfield County has died from COVID-19 complications, a DuPont Spruance spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of our colleague. We have offered our support to them during this extremely difficult time,” said the company spokesperson.

No additional information about the employee has been released at this time.

Additionally, four other employees working at the Spruance plant have tested positive for the virus, and following medical evaluation, are quarantined and recovering,

The Spruance plant, located off Jeff Davis Highway, is one of the largest employers in Chesterfield with a work force of more than 2,000.

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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.