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COVID-19 in Virginia: 12 new outbreaks reported Sunday, May 17

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Posted at 10:32 AM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 10:32:28-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 304 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Sunday. That is an increase of 12 outbreaks since Saturday's report.

Data shows 181 (+11 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 4,109 COVID-19 cases and 591 deaths as of Sunday. That is up 74 cases and 2 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 705 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 5,576 total tests processed since Saturday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 30,388.

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

7,643 (+257) in Fairfax County
3,666 (+103) in Prince William County
1,590 (+30) in Arlington
1,476 (+16) in Alexandria
1,446 (+16) in Loudon County
1,252 (+26) in Henrico County
988 (+10) in Chesterfield County
758 (+17) in Richmond
688 (+20) in Accomack
632 (+1) in Harrisonburg
594 (+20)in Manassas City
548 (+9) in Virginia Beach
467 (+8) in Stafford
411 in Buckingham
389 (+2) in Rockingham
384 (+4) in Chesapeake
374 (+9) in Culpeper
350 in Norfolk
312 (+8) in Spotsylvania
303 (+6) in Shenandoah
264 (+4) in Suffolk
261 (+57) in Richmond County
225 (+3) in Portsmouth
220 (+5) in Hanover
213 (+2) in Fauquier
211 (+2) in Frederick
198 (+2) in Northampton
193 (+6) in Newport News
187 (+4) in Manassas Park
186 (+7) in James City County
167 (+3) in Mecklenburg
161 (+3) in Hampton
161 (+3) in Page
138 (+2) in Albemarle
135 in Southampton
120 in Roanoke City
115 in Isle of Wight

As of Sunday's update, 3,775 people had been hospitalized and 1,009 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 14.6 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 15,173 cases versus the 15,026 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 189 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 688 (+20)
Albemarle: 138 (+2)
Alleghany: 7 (+1)
Alexandria: 1,476 (+16)
Amelia: 18
Amherst: 25 (+1)
Appomattox: 23
Arlington: 1,590 (+30)
Augusta: 84 (+2)

Bedford: 40
Bristol: 3
Botetourt: 31 (+1)
Brunswick: 20
Buchanan: 16
Buckingham: 411
Buena Vista City: 8

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 42
Carroll: 48 (+3)
Charles City: 22
Charlotte: 11
Charlottesville: 71
Chesapeake: 384 (+4)
Chesterfield: 988 (+10)
Clarke: 19
Colonial Heights: 76
Covington: 2
Craig: 4
Culpeper: 374 (+9)
Cumberland: 23

Danville: 44
Dinwiddie: 36

Emporia: 52 (+2)
Essex: 31

Fairfax: 7,643 (+257)
Fairfax City: 47
Falls Church: 44 (+2)
Fauquier: 213 (+2)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 81
Franklin City: 29 (+2)
Franklin County: 30
Frederick: 211 (+2)
Fredericksburg: 93 (+4)

Galax: 80 (+3)
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 28
Goochland: 87
Grayson: 21 (+1)
Greene: 19
Greensville: 50

Halifax: 27
Hanover: 220 (+5)
Hampton: 161 (+3)
Harrisonburg: 632 (+1)
Henrico: 1,252 (+26)
Henry: 36 (+2)
Highland: 2
Hopewell: 51 (+2)

Isle of Wight: 115

James City: 186 (+7)

King George: 48 (+1)
King and Queen: 7
King William: 14

Lancaster: 7
Lee: 10
Lexington: 6 (+1)
Louisa: 59
Loudoun: 1,446 (+16)
Lunenburg: 7
Lynchburg: 73

Madison: 24
Manassas City: 594 (+20)
Manassas Park: 187 (+4)
Martinsville: 5 (+1)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 167 (+3)
Middlesex: 12
Montgomery: 66

Nelson: 12
New Kent: 26
Newport News: 193 (+6)
Norfolk: 350
Northampton: 198 (+2)
Northumberland: 18 (+1)
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 16 (-1)

Orange: 56 (+3)

Page: 161 (+3)
Patrick: 6
Petersburg: 58
Pittsylvania: 24 (+1)
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 225 (+3)
Powhatan: 24
Prince Edward: 73
Prince George: 49
Prince William: 3,666 (+103)
Pulaski: 10

Radford: 3
Rappahannock: 12
Richmond City: 758 (+17)
Richmond County: 261 (+57)
Roanoke City: 120
Roanoke County: 85 (+1)
Rockbridge: 11
Rockingham: 389 (+2)
Russell: 8

Salem: 32
Scott: 7
Shenandoah: 303 (+6)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 312 (+8)
Southampton: 135
Stafford: 467 (+8)
Staunton: 34 (+1)
Suffolk: 264 (+4)
Surry: 6
Sussex: 80

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 548 (+9)

Warren: 99 (+3)
Washington: 49
Waynesboro: 22
Westmoreland: 42
Winchester: 80
Williamsburg: 43
Wise: 23
Wythe: 16 (+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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