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COVID-19 in Virginia: 1 new outbreak reported Thursday

Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 13:15:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 168 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Thursday.

That is an increase of one outbreak since Wednesday's report. Data shows 92 (+1 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 988 COVID-19 cases and 78 deaths as of Thursday. That is up three cases from the previous day's report.

The health department reported 732 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 3,740 people tested since Wednesday's update. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 10,998.

The number of COVID-19 cases associated with "distinct clusters" of local transmission of the virus continues to climb and accounted for 475 of new COVID-19 cases, including:

2,362 (+106) in Fairfax County
1027 (+103) in Prince William County
718 (+34) in Henrico County
686 (+23) in Arlington County
512 (+38) in Alexandria
498 (+23) in Loudon County
402 (+46) in Chesterfield County
346 (+28) in Harrisonburg
328 (+15) in Virginia Beach
259 (+9) in Richmond
186 (+6) in Chesapeake
180 (+10) in Stafford
163 (+18) in Rockingham
149 (+2) in James City County
136 (+10) in Norfolk
105 (+4) in Newport News

As of Thursday's update, 1,753 people had been hospitalized and 372 people had died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

The coronavirus has most impacted people aged 50 to 69 as that group accounts for nearly 34 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 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."

More women have been infected by the virus at 5,693 cases versus the 5,224cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 81 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 76 (+17)
Albemarle: 71 (+3)
Alleghany: 5
Alexandria: 512 (+38)
Appomattox: 12 (+2)
Arlington: 686 (+23)
Amelia: 15
Amherst: 9 (-1)
Augusta: 33 (+3)

Bedford: 21 (+1)
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 26
Brunswick: 13
Buchanan: 12
Buckingham: 31 (+4)
Buena Vista City: 5

Campbell: 10
Caroline: 21 (+1)
Carroll: 3
Charles City: 12 (+1)
Charlotte: 8
Charlottesville: 44
Chesapeake: 186 (+6)
Chesterfield: 402 (+46)
Clarke: 7 (+1)
Colonial Heights: 41 (+4)
Covington: 1
Craig: 2
Culpeper: 84 (+11)
Cumberland: 10

Danville: 31 (+2)
Dinwiddie: 12 (+4)

Emporia: 18 (+6)
Essex: 3 (+1)

Fairfax: 2,362 (+106)
Fairfax City: 26 (+1)
Falls Church: 25
Fauquier: 64 (+9)
Floyd: 1
Fluvanna: 72 (+3)
Franklin City: 15 (+1)
Franklin County: 17
Frederick: 87 (+1)
Fredericksburg: 20 (+3)

Galax: 1
Giles: 4
Gloucester: 21
Goochland: 63
Greene: 10 +(1)
Greensville: 30 (+6)

Halifax: 13 (+1)
Hanover: 99 (+2)
Hampton: 99 (+2)
Harrisonburg: 346 (+28)
Henrico: 718 (+34)
Henry: 10
Highland: 1
Hopewell: 19 (+3)

Isle of Wight: 91 (+1)

James City: 149 (+2)

King George: 21 (+1)
King and Queen: 2
King William: 3 (+1)

Lancaster: 1
Lexington: 3
Lee: 7
Louisa: 38 (+1)
Loudoun: 498 (+23)
Lunenburg: 3
Lynchburg: 47 (+4)

Madison: 14 (+2)
Manassas City: 127 (+10)
Manassas Park: 38 (+4)
Mathews: 3
Mecklenburg: 71 (+2)
Middlesex: 3
Montgomery: 50

Nelson: 7
New Kent: 20
Newport News: 105 (+4)
Norfolk: 136 (+10)
Northampton: 12 (+4)
Northumberland: 6 (+1)
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 8

Orange: 22

Page: 22 (+6)
Patrick: 1
Petersburg: 27 (+3)
Pittsylvania: 11 (+2)
Poquoson: 6
Portsmouth: 98 (+5)
Powhatan: 9
Prince Edward: 29 (+10)
Prince George: 29 (+1)
Prince William: 1027 (+103)
Pulaski: 9

Radford: 2
Rappahannock: 1
Richmond City: 259 (+9)
Richmond County: 66 (+13)
Roanoke City: 28 (+1)
Roanoke County: 34 (+3)
Rockbridge: 5
Rockingham: 163 (+18)
Russell: 2

Salem: 8
Scott: 5
Shenandoah: 58 (+5)
Smyth: 13
Spotsylvania: 94 (+11)
Southampton: 71 (+52)
Stafford: 180 (+10)
Staunton: 10
Suffolk: 136 (+10)
Surry: 4
Sussex: 25 (+2)

Tazewell: 4

Virginia Beach: 328 (+15)

Warren: 30 (+3)
Washington: 30 (+2)
Waynesboro: 9 (+1)
Westmoreland: 14 (+2)
Winchester: 30 (+1)
Williamsburg: 14
Wise: 20 (+2)
Wythe: 11

York: 43

*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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