NewsCoronavirus

Actions

First COVID-19 case reported in this Virginia locality Sunday

Posted at 9:47 AM, Apr 05, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – One locality reported their first case of COVID-19, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Sunday.

Cases were reported for the first time in Richmond County.

"Well it was a good run but, we knew it was around us and it was just a matter of time before we actually had our first case in Richmond County," officials with Richmond County Department of Emergency Services posted on Facebook. This comes after "an error" Friday showed a case for the county that was actually for the City of Richmond, according to EMS officials.

The health department reported 230 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 2,149 people tested since Saturday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of cases to 2,637.

As of Sunday's update, 431 people remain hospitalized and 51 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 426 cases in Fairfax County, 194 in Henrico County, 181 in Arlington County, 175 in Prince William County, 170 in Virginia Beach, 167 in Loudon County, 117 in James City County, 108 in Chesterfield County and 99 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 1,330 cases versus the 1,257 cases reported in men as of Sunday. No gender was reported for 50 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 11 (+3)
Albemarle: 32(+5)
Alleghany: 2
Alexandria: 74 (+6)
Arlington: 181 (+31)
Amelia: 6
Amherst: 6
Augusta: 8 (+1)
Bedford: 4
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 15 (+1)
Brunswick: 1
Buckingham: 4
Buena Vista City: 4 (+3)
Campbell: 2
Caroline: 1
Carroll: 1
Charles City: 4
Charlotte: 1
Charlottesville: 23 (+3)
Chesapeake: 72 (+7)
Chesterfield: 108 (+2)
Clarke: 2
Covington: 1
Culpeper: 8
Cumberland: 2
Danville: 12
Emporia: 2
Fairfax: 426 (+39)
Fauquier: 10
Fluvanna: 7 (+2)
Franklin City: 4
Franklin County: 10
Frederick: 27 (+3)
Fredericksburg: 7
Galax: 1
Gloucester: 10 (+1)
Goochland: 15 (+5)
Greene: 3 (+1)
Greenesville: 4
Halifax: 1
Hanover: 12
Hampton: 40 (+1)
Harrisonburg: 25 (+3)
Henrico: 194 (+20)
Henry: 3
Hopewell: 10 (+1)
Isle of Wight: 18
James City: 117 (+6)
King George: 8
King and Queen: 1
King William: 2 (+1)
Lancaster: 1
Lexington: 3
Lee: 2
Louisa: 14 (+1)
Loudoun: 167 (+ 17)
Lynchburg: 10
Madison: 3 (+1)
Manassas City: 14
Manassas Park: 2
Mathews: 2
Montgomery: 6
Mecklenburg: 12 (+4)
New Kent: 9 (+1)
Nelson: 2
New Kent: 9 (+1)
Newport News: 51 (+3)
Norfolk: 59 (+4)
Northampton: 2
Northumberland: 3
Nottoway: 1
Orange: 5
Page: 2
Petersburg: 10
Pittsylvania: 2
Poquoson: 3
Portsmouth: 26
Powhatan: 4
Prince Edward: 3
Prince George: 18 (+2)
Prince William: 175 (+16)
Pulaski: 1
Radford: 1
Richmond City: 99 (+3)
Richmond County: 1 (new)
Roanoke City: 10
Roanoke County: 5
Rockbridge: 3
Rockingham: 16 (+1)
Salem: 1
Shenandoah: 12 (+2)
Smyth: 2
Spotsylvania: 24 (+6)
Southampton: 5
Stafford: 41 (+3)
Staunton: 1
Suffolk: 22 (+2)
Surry: 3
Sussex: 4 (+1)
Tazewell: 2
Virginia Beach: 170 (+10)
Warren: 4
Washington: 5 (+2)
Waynesboro: 2
Westmoreland: 2
Winchester: 11 (+1)
Williamsburg: 12 (+2)
Wythe: 2
York: 20 (+1)

*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.

Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for the most complete coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.