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COVID-19 in Virginia: 5 new outbreaks reported Friday

Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 11:47:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 117 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Friday.

That is an increase of five outbreaks since Thursday morning's report. Data shows that three of the new outbreaks are at long term care facilities, which brings that total to 66.

The number of COVID-19 cases associated with "distinct clusters" of local transmission of the virus continues to climb and accounted for 440 new COVID-19 cases, including:

1,476 (+101) in Fairfax County
644 (+62) in Prince William County
532 (+35) in Henrico County
485 (+32) in Arlington County
385 (+7) in Loudon County
321 (+46) in Alexandria
291 (+24) in Chesterfield County
265 (+7) in Virginia Beach
214 (+95) in Harrisonburg
201 (+13) in Richmond
147 (+4) in Chesapeake
138 (+3) in James City County
128 (+8) in Stafford
108 (+3) in Norfolk

The health department reported 602 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 2,553 people tested since Thursday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 7,491.

As of Fridays update, 1,221 people remain hospitalized and 231 people have died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

The coronavirus has most impacted people aged 50 to 69 since that group accounts for nearly 36 percent of cases, data reveals.

"But we're also seeing cases in people in their 20s," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam previously said.

In fact, Northam said that group accounts for nearly 12 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 3,887 cases versus the 3,535 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 79 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 28 (+9)
Albemarle: 56 (+2)
Alleghany: 4
Alexandria: 321 (+46)
Appomattox: 7
Arlington: 485 (+32)
Amelia: 13
Amherst: 10
Augusta: 19

Bedford: 17 (+1)
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 23
Brunswick: 10
Buchanan: 12
Buckingham: 24 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 5 (+1)

Campbell: 9
Caroline: 11
Carroll: 3
Charles City: 10 (+1)
Charlotte: 8
Charlottesville: 40 (+2)
Chesapeake: 147 (+4)
Chesterfield: 291 (+24)
Clarke: 6
Colonial Heights: 19 (+1)
Covington: 1
Craig: 2
Culpeper: 32 (+3)
Cumberland: 8 (+1)

Danville: 22
Dinwiddie: 7

Emporia: 7
Essex: 2

Fairfax: 1,476 (+101)
Fairfax City: 2 (new)
Fauquier: 35 (+3)
Floyd: 1
Fluvanna: 64
Franklin City: 9
Franklin County: 15
Frederick: 76 (+4)
Fredericksburg: 15

Galax: 1
Giles: 4
Gloucester: 20
Goochland: 52 (+11)
Greene: 7 (+2)
Greensville: 18 (+2)

Halifax: 7
Hanover: 70 (+9)
Hampton: 78 (+1)
Harrisonburg: 214 (+95)
Henrico: 532 (+35)
Henry: 10 (+2)
Hopewell: 14

Isle of Wight: 69 (+6)

James City: 138 (+3)

King George: 18
King and Queen: 2
King William: 2

Lancaster: 1
Lexington: 3
Lee: 7 (+1)
Louisa: 33 (+3)
Loudoun: 385 (+7)
Lunenburg: 3
Lynchburg: 38 (+4)

Madison: 8
Manassas City: 72 (+10)
Manassas Park: 21 (+5)
Mathews: 3
Mecklenburg: 62 (+1)
Middlesex: 3
Montgomery: 40 (+6)

Nelson: 5
New Kent: 17 (+1)
Newport News: 100 (+3)
Norfolk: 108 (+3)
Northampton: 5 (+1)
Northumberland: 5
Nottoway: 5

Orange: 19 (+1)

Page: 10 (+3)
Petersburg: 21 (+2)
Pittsylvania: 6 (+1)
Poquoson: 6
Portsmouth: 63 (+1)
Powhatan: 7 (+2)
Prince Edward: 17 (+2)
Prince George: 28 (+2)
Prince William: 644 (+62)
Pulaski: 8 (+3)

Radford: 1
Rappahannock: 1
Richmond City: 201 (+13)
Richmond County: 8 (+1)
Roanoke City: 24
Roanoke County: 20 (+1)
Rockbridge: 3
Rockingham: 83 (+14)
Russell: 2

Salem: 6 (+2)
Scott: 3
Shenandoah: 33 (+5)
Smyth: 11
Spotsylvania: 69 (+7)
Southampton: 7 (+1)
Stafford: 128 (+8)
Staunton: 4 (+2)
Suffolk: 70 (+5)
Surry: 3
Sussex: 11 (+2)

Tazewell: 4

Virginia Beach: 265 (+7)

Warren: 22 (+1)
Washington: 28 (+1)
Waynesboro: 7 (+1)
Westmoreland: 9
Winchester: 22 (+1)
Williamsburg: 19
Wise: 17 (-1)
Wythe: 8 (+1)

York: 38 (+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.

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