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First COVID-19 cases reported in these Virginia localities Monday

Posted at 9:54 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 09:57:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Four localities are reporting their first cases of COVID-19, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Monday.

Cases were reported for the first time in Henry, King William, Petersburg and Smyth. Two cases in Emporia were also reported Sunday by local health officials, but those have not yet been added to the state's official tally.

Officials said 130 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 1,429 people tested since Sunday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of cases to 1,020.

Officials said 136 people remain hospitalized and 25 people have died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses.

Officials are investigating "distinct clusters" where there is "local transmission" of the virus in Virginia.

Those clusters include 224 cases in Fairfax County, 86 in Arlington County, 79 in Prince William County, 73 in James City County, 61 in Loudon County, 52 in Virginia Beach and 44 in Henrico County.

VDH data showed the coronavirus has most impacted people aged 50 to 69 since that group accounts for nearly 35 percent of cases.

"But we're also seeing cases in people in their 20s," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday. "Ninety-three of the 604 cases are in the age range of 20 to 29 years."

In fact, Northam said that group accounts for nearly 15 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 men have been infected by the virus at 529 cases versus the 481 cases reported in women.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 6 (+3)
Albemarle: 19 (+2)
Alleghany: 1
Alexandria: 26 (+1)
Arlington: 86 (+2)
Amelia: 1
Amherst: 3 (+1)
Bedford: 2
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 5 (+3)
Charles City: 1
Charlottesville: 13 (+1)
Chesapeake: 18 (+3)
Chesterfield: 21 (+8)
Culpeper: 3 (+1)
Danville: 4
Emporia: *2 (from local health department)
Fairfax: 224 (+37)
Fairfax City: 1 (new)
Fauquier: 6
Fluvanna: 3
Franklin County: 5 (+4)
Frederick: 10 (+2)
Fredericksburg: 1
Galax: 1
Gloucester: 7 (+1)
Goochland: 6
Greene: 1
Greenesville: 3 (+2)
Halifax: 1
Hanover: 5 (+1)
Hampton: 9 (+2)
Harrisonburg: 6 (+1)
Henrico: 44 (+4)
Henry: 1 (new)
Hopewell: 3 (+2)
Isle of Wight: 3
James City: 73 (+3)
Lancaster: 1
King George: 3 (+1)
King William: 1 (new)
Lee: 2
Louisa: 8 (+1)
Loudoun: 61
Lynchburg: 4 (+1)
Madison: 3
Manassas City: 7 (+2)
Manassas Park: 1
Mathews: 2
Mecklenburg: 4
Montgomery: 1
Nelson: 2
New Kent: 1
Newport News: 18 (+1)
Norfolk: 17 (+3)
Northampton: 1
Northumberland: 2
Nottoway: 1
Orange: 1
Petersburg: 2 (new)
Pittsylvania: 1
Poquoson: 2
Portsmouth: 4
Powhatan: 3 (+2)
Prince Edward: 2
Prince George: 5 (+1)
Prince William: 79 (+7)
Radford: 1
Richmond City: 25
Roanoke City: 6 (+5)
Roanoke County: 2
Rockbridge: 2
Rockingham: 5 (+1)
Shenandoah: 6 (+2)
Smyth: 1 (new)
Spotsylvania: 6 (+1)
Southampton: 1
Stafford: 20 (+7)
Suffolk: 3 (+2)
Tazewell: 2 (+1)
Virginia Beach: 52 (+3)
Warren: 2
Washington: 2
Winchester: 3 (+1)
Williamsburg: 7 (+1)
Wythe: 1
York: 11 (+2)

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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