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COVID-19 in Virginia: 6 new outbreaks reported Friday, May 22

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Posted at 12:59 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 09:00:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 320 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Friday. That is an increase of six outbreaks since Thursday's report.
Data show 188 (+2 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 4,331 COVID-19 cases and 667 deaths. That is up 27 cases and 13 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 813 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 7,983 total tests processed since yesterday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 34,950.

The number of COVID-19 cases associated with "distinct clusters" of local transmission of the virus continues to climb in the Commonwealth:

8,734 (+154) in Fairfax County
4,315 (+132) in Prince William County
1,795 (+32) in Arlington
1,807 (+107) in Loudon County
1,657 (+30) in Alexandria
1,375 (+36) in Henrico County
1,152 (+20)in Chesterfield County
934 (+46) in Richmond
764 (+21) in Manassas City
711 (+2) in Accomack
704 (+9) in Harrisonburg
591 (+7) in Virginia Beach
552 (+12) in Stafford
555 (+29) in Culpeper
439 (+1) in Buckingham
444 (+10) in Rockingham
419 (+7) in Chesapeake
388 (+11) in Norfolk
373 (+7) in Spotsylvania
358 (+3)in Shenandoah
283 (+5) in Suffolk
267 (+4) in Richmond County
267 (+6) in Fauquier
249 (+4) in Frederick
251 (+6) in Portsmouth
246 (+2) in Hanover
228 (+5) in Manassas Park
224 (+9) in Newport News
206 in Northampton
191 (+2) in James City County
192 (+7) in Mecklenburg
169 (+2) in Hampton
172 (+6) in Page
142 in Albemarle
137 (-1) in Southampton
140 (+5) in Roanoke City
122 (+1) in Isle of Wight
110 in Warren
121 (+11) in Winchester
109 (+2) in Fredericksburg
100 in Sussex
104 (+5) in Prince Edward

As of Friday's update, 4,145 people had been hospitalized and 1,136 people had died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

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The coronavirus has most impacted people aged 50 to 69 as that group accounts for more than 28 percent of cases, data shows.

"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 15 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."

More women have been infected by the virus at 17,425 cases versus the 17,285 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 240 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 711 (+2)
Albemarle: 142
Alleghany: 10 (+1)
Alexandria: 1,657 (+30)
Amelia: 22
Amherst: 25
Appomattox: 26 (+1)
Arlington: 1,795 (+32)
Augusta: 86 (+1)

Bedford: 41
Bristol: 4
Botetourt: 31
Brunswick: 21
Buchanan: 18
Buckingham: 439 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 12

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 45
Carroll: 66 (+2)
Charles City: 25
Charlotte: 19 (+3)
Charlottesville: 74 (+2)
Chesapeake: 419 (+7)
Chesterfield: 1,152 (+20)
Clarke: 21 (+2)
Colonial Heights: 83 (+1)
Covington: 3
Craig: 5
Culpeper: 555 (+29)
Cumberland: 25

Danville: 46 (+1)
Dinwiddie: 47

Emporia: 60 (+2)
Essex: 36

Fairfax: 8,734 (+154)
Fairfax City: 51
Falls Church: 46
Fauquier: 267 (+6)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 84 (+1)
Franklin City: 34
Franklin County: 31 (+1)
Frederick: 249 (+4)
Fredericksburg: 109 (+2)

Galax: 85 (+3)
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 36 (+6)
Goochland: 89
Grayson: 24 (+2)
Greene: 21 (+1)
Greensville: 55

Halifax: 29
Hanover: 246 (+2)
Hampton: 169 (+2)
Harrisonburg: 704 (+9)
Henrico: 1,375 (+36)
Henry: 59 (+6)
Highland: 3
Hopewell: 66 (+4)

Isle of Wight: 122 (+1)

James City: 191 (+2)

King George: 50 (+1)
King and Queen: 7
King William: 19 (+3)

Lancaster: 10 (+2)
Lee: 9 (-1)
Lexington: 6
Louisa: 67 (+3)
Loudoun: 1,807 (+107)
Lunenburg: 7
Lynchburg: 77 (+2)

Madison: 27
Manassas City: 764 (+21)
Manassas Park: 228 (+5)
Martinsville: 25 (+4)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 192 (+7)
Middlesex: 12
Montgomery: 67

Nelson: 13
New Kent: 26
Newport News: 224 (+9)
Norfolk: 388 (+11)
Northampton: 206
Northumberland: 22 (+1)
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 19

Orange: 73

Page: 172 (+6)
Patrick: 12
Petersburg: 84
Pittsylvania: 27 (+1)
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 251 (+6)
Powhatan: 26
Prince Edward: 104 (+5)
Prince George: 56
Prince William: 4,315 (+132)
Pulaski: 10

Radford: 4
Rappahannock: 12
Richmond City: 934 (+46)
Richmond County: 267 (+4)
Roanoke City: 140 (+5)
Roanoke County: 90 (+1)
Rockbridge: 13 (+1)
Rockingham: 444 (+10)
Russell: 8

Salem: 32 (-1)
Scott: 7 (-1)
Shenandoah: 358 (+3)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 373 (+7)
Southampton: 137 (-1)
Stafford: 552 (+12)
Staunton: 34
Suffolk: 283 (+5)
Surry: 6
Sussex: 100

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 591 (+7)

Warren: 110
Washington: 51
Waynesboro: 36 (+3)
Westmoreland: 43
Winchester: 121 (+11)
Williamsburg: 43
Wise: 24
Wythe: 17 (+1)

York: 67 (+4)

*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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