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COVID-19 in Virginia: 5 new outbreaks reported Saturday, May 16

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Posted at 9:59 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 09:59:20-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 292 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Saturday. That is an increase of five outbreaks since Friday's report.

Data shows 170 (+3 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 4,035 COVID-19 cases and 589 deaths as of Saturday. That is up 88 cases and 19 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 1,011 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 9,567 total tests processed since Friday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 29,683.

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

7,386 (+227) in Fairfax County
3,563 (+142) in Prince William County
1,560 (+26) in Arlington
1,460 (+64) in Alexandria
1,430 (+56) in Loudon County
1,226 (+28) in Henrico County
978 (+32) in Chesterfield County
741(+76) in Richmond
668 (+20) in Accomack
631 (+11) in Harrisonburg
574 (+21) in Manassas City
539 (+4) in Virginia Beach
458 (+16) in Stafford
411 (+45) in Buckingham
387 (-1) in Rockingham
380 (+1) in Chesapeake
365 (+22) in Culpeper
350 (+1) in Norfolk
304 (+13) in Spotsylvania
297 (+12) in Shenandoah
260 (+5) in Suffolk
222 (+3) in Portsmouth
215 (+7) in Hanover
211 (+6) in Fauquier
209 (+14) in Frederick
204 (+3) in Richmond County
196 (+3) in Northampton
187 (+3) in Newport News
183 (+7) in Manassas Park
179 in James City County
158 in Hampton
164 (+12) in Mecklenburg
158 (+13) in Page
136 (+3) in Albemarle
135 in Southampton
120 in Roanoke City
115 in Isle of Wight

As of Saturday's update, 3,724 people had been hospitalized and 1,002 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 nearly 29 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 14.5 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 14,838 cases versus the 14,654 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 191 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 668 (+20)
Albemarle: 136 (+3)
Alleghany: 6
Alexandria: 1,460 (+64)
Amelia: 18 (+1)
Amherst: 24 (+2)
Appomattox: 23
Arlington: 1,560 (+26)
Augusta: 82 (+8)

Bedford: 40
Bristol: 3
Botetourt: 30
Brunswick: 20
Buchanan: 16
Buckingham: 411 (+45)
Buena Vista City: 8

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 42
Carroll: 45 (+3)
Charles City: 22
Charlotte: 11
Charlottesville: 71
Chesapeake: 380 (+1)
Chesterfield: 978 (+32)
Clarke: 19 (+2)
Colonial Heights: 76 (+2)
Covington: 2
Craig: 4
Culpeper: 365 (+22)
Cumberland: 23 (+5)

Danville: 44 (+1)
Dinwiddie: 36

Emporia: 50
Essex: 31 (+1)

Fairfax: 7,386 (+227)
Fairfax City: 47 (+1)
Falls Church: 42 (+2)
Fauquier: 211 (+6)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 81 (+2)
Franklin City: 27
Franklin County: 30
Frederick: 209 (+14)
Fredericksburg: 89 (+7)

Galax: 77 (+11)
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 28
Goochland: 87 (+1)
Grayson: 20 (+1)
Greene: 19 (+3)
Greensville: 50

Halifax: 27
Hanover: 215 (+7)
Hampton: 158
Harrisonburg: 631 (+11)
Henrico: 1,226 (+28)
Henry: 34 (+4)
Highland: 2
Hopewell: 49

Isle of Wight: 115

James City: 179

King George: 47 (+2)
King and Queen: 7
King William: 14 (+1)

Lancaster: 7
Lee: 10
Lexington: 5
Louisa: 59
Loudoun: 1,430 (+56)
Lunenburg: 7
Lynchburg: 73

Madison: 24 (+1)
Manassas City: 574 (+21)
Manassas Park: 183 (+7)
Martinsville: 4 (+1)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 164 (+12)
Middlesex: 12 (+1)
Montgomery: 66

Nelson: 12
New Kent: 26
Newport News: 187 (+3)
Norfolk: 350 (+1)
Northampton: 196 (+3)
Northumberland: 17 (+2)
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 17 (+1)

Orange: 53 (+2)

Page: 158 (+13)
Patrick: 6
Petersburg: 58
Pittsylvania: 23 (+5)
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 222 (+3)
Powhatan: 24 (+1)
Prince Edward: 73 (+1)
Prince George: 49
Prince William: 3,563 (+142)
Pulaski: 10

Radford: 3
Rappahannock: 12 (+1)
Richmond City: 741(+76)
Richmond County: 204 (+3)
Roanoke City: 120
Roanoke County: 84 (+1)
Rockbridge: 11 (+1)
Rockingham: 387 (-1)
Russell: 8 (+2)

Salem: 32
Scott: 7
Shenandoah: 297 (+12)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 304 (+13)
Southampton: 135
Stafford: 458 (+16)
Staunton: 33 (-1)
Suffolk: 260 (+5)
Surry: 6
Sussex: 80 (+13)

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 539 (+4)

Warren: 96 (+2)
Washington: 49
Waynesboro: 22
Westmoreland: 42
Winchester: 80 (+1)
Williamsburg: 43 (+1)
Wise: 23
Wythe: 15 (+1)

York: 62

*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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