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First COVID-19 cases reported in these Virginia localities Saturday

Posted at 9:57 AM, Apr 04, 2020

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

Cases were reported for the first time in Charlotte and Staunton.

Health officials said 395 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 2,517 people tested since Friday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of cases to 2,407.

As of Saturday's update, 390 people remain hospitalized and 52 people have died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

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

Those clusters include 387 cases in Fairfax County, 174 in Henrico County, 160 in Virginia Beach, 159 in Prince William County, 150 in Arlington County, 150 in Loudon County, 111 in James City County, 106 in Chesterfield County and 96 in Richmond.

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

"But we're also seeing cases in people in their 20s," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam previoulsy said. "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 14 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 1,199 cases versus the 1,162 cases reported in men as of Saturday. No gender was reported for 46 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 8
Albemarle: 27 (+1)
Alleghany: 2
Alexandria: 68 (+12)
Arlington: 150 (+15)
Amelia: 6 (+1)
Amherst: 6
Augusta: 7 (+3)
Bedford: 4 (+1)
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 14 (+6)
Brunswick: 1
Buckingham: 4 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 1
Campbell: 2
Caroline: 1
Carroll: 1
Charles City: 4
Charlotte: 1 (new)
Charlottesville: 21 (+4)
Chesapeake: 65 (+15)
Chesterfield: 106 (+17)
Clarke: 2
Covington: 1
Culpeper: 8 (+1)
Cumberland: 2 (+1)
Danville: 12 (+3)
Emporia: 2 (+1)
Fairfax: 387 (+15)
Fauquier: 10 (+1)
Fluvanna: 5
Franklin City: 4 (+1)
Franklin County: 10 (+1)
Frederick: 24 (+4)
Fredericksburg: 7 (+3)
Galax: 1
Gloucester: 9 (+1)
Goochland: 10 (+2)
Greene: 2 (+1)
Greenesville: 4
Halifax: 1
Hanover: 12
Hampton: 39 (+10)
Harrisonburg: 22
Henrico: 174 (+62)
Henry: 3
Hopewell: 9 (+2)
Isle of Wight: 18 (+7)
James City: 111 (+7)
King George: 8 (+2)
King and Queen: 1
King William: 1
Lancaster: 1
Lexington: 3 (+1)
Lee: 2
Louisa: 13 (+1)
Loudoun: 150 (+ 20)
Lynchburg: 10 (+1)
Madison: 2
Manassas City: 14 (+1)
Manassas Park: 2
Mathews: 2
Mecklenburg: 8 (+1)
Montgomery: 6 (+5)
Nelson: 2
New Kent: 8 (+2)
Newport News: 48 (+11)
Norfolk: 55 (+12)
Northampton: 2
Northumberland: 3
Nottoway: 1
Orange: 5 (+1)
Page: 2
Petersburg: 10 (+2)
Pittsylvania: 2 (+1)
Poquoson: 3
Portsmouth: 26 (+9)
Powhatan: 4
Prince Edward: 3 (+1)
Prince George: 16 (+6)
Prince William: 159 (+28)
Pulaski: 1
Radford: 1
Richmond City: 96 (+20)
Roanoke City: 10 (+1)
Roanoke County: 5 (+1)
Rockbridge: 3 (+1)
Rockingham: 15 (+4)
Salem: 1
Shenandoah: 10
Smyth: 2
Spotsylvania: 18 (+7)
Southampton: 5 (+1)
Stafford: 38 (+9)
Staunton: 1 (new)
Suffolk: 20 (+10)
Surry: 3
Sussex: 3 (+1)
Tazewell: 2
Virginia Beach: 160 (+32)
Warren: 4
Washington: 3
Waynesboro: 2 (-1)
Westmoreland: 2 (+1)
Winchester: 10 (+1)
Williamsburg: 10 (+1)
Wythe: 2
York: 19 (+2)

*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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