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COVID-19 in Virginia: 3 new outbreaks reported Saturday, May 23

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Posted at 10:34 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 10:34:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 323 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Saturday. That is an increase of three outbreaks since Friday's report.

Data show 190 (+2 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 4,404 COVID-19 cases and 681 deaths. That is up 73 cases and 14 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 799 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 8,23 total tests processed since yesterday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 35,749.

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

8,945 (+211) in Fairfax County
4,408 (+93) in Prince William County
1,831 (+24) in Loudon County
1,804 (+9) in Arlington
1,703 (+46) in Alexandria
1,411 (+36) in Henrico County
1,193 (+41) in Chesterfield County
979 (+45) in Richmond
792 (+28) in Manassas City
722 (+11) in Accomack
709 (+5) in Harrisonburg
598 (+7) in Virginia Beach
574 (+19) in Culpeper
569 (+17) in Stafford
452 (+8) in Rockingham
443 (+4) in Buckingham
426 (+7) in Chesapeake
393 (+5) in Norfolk
386 (+13) in Spotsylvania
365 (+7) in Shenandoah
290 (+7) in Suffolk
276 (+9) in Richmond County
269 (+2) in Fauquier
255 (+6) in Frederick
253 (+2) in Portsmouth
252 (+6) in Hanover
234 (+10) in Newport News
230 (+2) in Manassas Park
210 (+4) in Northampton
193 (+1) in Mecklenburg
192 (+1) in James City County
186 (+14) in Page
172 (+3) in Hampton
143 (+1) in Albemarle
141 (+1) in Roanoke City
141 (+4) in Southampton
128 (+7) in Winchester
124 (+2) in Isle of Wight
110 in Warren
114 (+14) in Sussex
113 (+4) in Fredericksburg
108 (+4) in Prince Edward

As of Saturday's update, 4,181 people had been hospitalized and 1,159 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 show.

"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 15.2 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 17,832 cases versus the 17,666 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 251 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 722 (+11)
Albemarle: 143 (+1)
Alleghany: 13 (+3)
Alexandria: 1,703 (+46)
Amelia: 22
Amherst: 25
Appomattox: 26
Arlington: 1,804 (+9)
Augusta: 89 (+3)

Bedford: 41
Bristol: 4
Botetourt: 31
Brunswick: 21
Buchanan: 18
Buckingham: 443 (+4)
Buena Vista City: 12

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 46 (+1)
Carroll: 66
Charles City: 27 (+2)
Charlotte: 19
Charlottesville: 74
Chesapeake: 426 (+7)
Chesterfield: 1,193 (+41)
Clarke: 21
Colonial Heights: 83
Covington: 3
Craig: 5
Culpeper: 574 (+19)
Cumberland: 26 (+1)

Danville: 46
Dinwiddie: 48 (+1)

Emporia: 60
Essex: 41 (+5)

Fairfax: 8,945 (+211)
Fairfax City: 52 (+1)
Falls Church: 47 (+1)
Fauquier: 269 (+2)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 84
Franklin City: 38 (+4)
Franklin County: 32 (+1)
Frederick: 255 (+6)
Fredericksburg: 113 (+4)

Galax: 87 (+2)
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 30 (-6)
Goochland: 90 (+1)
Grayson: 24
Greene: 21
Greensville: 55

Halifax: 29
Hanover: 252 (+6)
Hampton: 172 (+3)
Harrisonburg: 709 (+5)
Henrico: 1,411 (+36)
Henry: 63 (+4)
Highland: 3
Hopewell: 67 (+1)

Isle of Wight: 124 (+2)

James City: 192 (+1)

King George: 52 (+2)
King and Queen: 7
King William: 20 (+1)

Lancaster: 10
Lee: 9
Lexington: 6
Louisa: 67
Loudoun: 1,831 (+24)
Lunenburg: 7
Lynchburg: 77

Madison: 27
Manassas City: 792 (+28)
Manassas Park: 230 (+2)
Martinsville: 24 (-1)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 193 (+1)
Middlesex: 12
Montgomery: 69 (+2)

Nelson: 13
New Kent: 27 (+1)
Newport News: 234 (+10)
Norfolk: 393 (+5)
Northampton: 210 (+4)
Northumberland: 22
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 19

Orange: 77 (+4)

Page: 186 (+14)
Patrick: 13 (+1)
Petersburg: 87 (+3)
Pittsylvania: 28 (+1)
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 253 (+2)
Powhatan: 29 (+3)
Prince Edward: 108 (+4)
Prince George: 60 (+4)
Prince William: 4,408 (+93)
Pulaski: 10

Radford: 4
Rappahannock: 12
Richmond City: 979 (+45)
Richmond County: 276 (+9)
Roanoke City: 141 (+1)
Roanoke County: 90
Rockbridge: 14 (+1)
Rockingham: 452 (+8)
Russell: 8

Salem: 32
Scott: 7
Shenandoah: 365 (+7)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 386 (+13)
Southampton: 141 (+4)
Stafford: 569 (+17)
Staunton: 35 (+1)
Suffolk: 290 (+7)
Surry: 6
Sussex: 114 (+14)

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 598 (+7)

Warren: 110
Washington: 51
Waynesboro: 38 (+2)
Westmoreland: 46 (+3)
Winchester: 128 (+7)
Williamsburg: 43
Wise: 24
Wythe: 17

York: 67

*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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