Goochland man with COVID-19 is improving

Posted at 12:39 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 12:39:03-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- A Goochland man with COVID-19 is improving, Chickahominy Health District (CHD) Population Health Manager Caitlin Hodge said Tuesday.

"The disease was likely acquired from close contact with a confirmed case while traveling outside of Virginia," Hodge said.

The man, who is in his 60s, is the second confirmed case in the Chickahominy Health District (Hanover, Goochland, Charles City, and New Kent).

“As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 in our community and throughout Virginia, it becomes even more critical that people follow public health recommendations on social distancing and good hygiene,” Chickahominy Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck said. “Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies in lessening the impact of an epidemic such as COVID-19.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam urged residents 65 and older to self-quarantine amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Please protect yourselves,” Northams aid at a Tuesday morning press conference. "It is important that we make sure older Virginians in this situation can still get food, medicine, and other needs met."

Following the recommendations of the Trump administration, Northam said Virginians should limit gatherings to 10 people to restrict the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.