Gov. Northam updates COVID-19 pandemic as hospitalizations near 500

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 14:32:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Governor Ralph Northam and state officials will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to update Virginians on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that more than 2,800 Virginians have tested positive for COVID-19, with 497 hospitalizations and 54 deaths.

For more information and a city/county breakdown of the cases, click here.

If you would like to watch the 2 p.m. briefing, click here.

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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.