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COVID-19 in Virginia: 5 new outbreaks reported Thursday

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Posted at 11:37 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 09:30:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 283 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Thursday. That is an increase of five outbreaks since Wednesday's report.

Data shows 164 outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 3,832 COVID-19 cases and 558 deaths as of Thursday. That is up 30 cases and 13 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 1,067 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 5,467 total tests processed since Wednesday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 27,813.

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

6,951 (+285) in Fairfax County
3,351 (+170) in Prince William County
1,499 (+39) in Arlington
1,349 (+44) in Alexandria
1,339 (+56) in Loudon County
1,174 (+28) in Henrico County
909 (+47) in Chesterfield County
615 (+8) in Harrisonburg
611 (+19) in Richmond
593 (+48) in Accomack
528 (+9) in Virginia Beach
515 (+56) in Manassas City
426 (+13) in Stafford
381 (+8 in Rockingham
362 (+8) in Chesapeake
348 (+1) in Buckingham
338 (+11) in Norfolk
329 (+9) in Culpeper
282 (+12) in Spotsylvania
278 (+7) in Shenandoah
221 in Suffolk
217(+4) in Portsmouth
203 (+3) in Richmond County
174 in James City County
200 (+10) in Fauquier
198 (+15) in Hanover
191 (+11) in Frederick
184 (+10) in Northampton
179 (+8) in Newport News
170 (+18) n Manassas Park
156 (+8) in Hampton
143 (+3) in Page
146 (+8) in Mecklenburg
134 (+2) in Southampton
130 (+4) in Albemarle
120 (+4) in Roanoke City
114 (+1) in Isle of Wight

As of Wednesday's update, 3,520 people had been hospitalized and 927 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 30 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 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 13,955 cases versus the 13,683 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 175 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 593 (+48)
Albemarle: 130 (+4)
Alleghany: 6
Alexandria: 1,349 (+44)
Amelia: 17
Amherst: 21 (+1)
Appomattox: 22
Arlington: 1,499 (+39)
Augusta: 70 (+4)

Bedford: 40
Bristol: 3
Botetourt: 30
Brunswick: 20
Buchanan: 16
Buckingham: 348 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 8

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 41 (+2)
Carroll: 40 (+1)
Charles City: 21
Charlotte: 11
Charlottesville: 68
Chesapeake: 362 (+8)
Chesterfield: 909 (+47)
Clarke: 16
Colonial Heights: 73 (+2)
Covington: 2 (+1)
Craig: 4
Culpeper: 329 (+9)
Cumberland: 18

Danville: 43 (+2)
Dinwiddie: 33 (+3)

Emporia: 50
Essex: 29

Fairfax: 6,951 (+285)
Fairfax City: 45 (+2)
Falls Church: 39
Fauquier: 200 (+10)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 79
Franklin City: 26 (+1)
Franklin County: 30
Frederick: 191 (+11)
Fredericksburg: 80 (+8)

Galax: 65 (+1)
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 28
Goochland: 86 (+4)
Grayson: 18
Greene: 16
Greensville: 49

Halifax: 27 (+2)
Hanover: 198 (+15)
Hampton: 156 (+8)
Harrisonburg: 615 (+8)
Henrico: 1,174 (+28)
Henry: 28
Highland: 2
Hopewell: 48 (+3)

Isle of Wight: 114 (+1)

James City: 174

King George: 44
King and Queen: 7 (+1)
King William: 12

Lancaster: 7
Lee: 10
Lexington: 5
Louisa: 59
Loudoun: 1,339 (+56)
Lunenburg: 6
Lynchburg: 73 (+1)

Madison: 23 (+1)
Manassas City: 515 (+56)
Manassas Park: 170 (+18)
Martinsville: 3 (+1)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 146 (+8)
Middlesex: 11 (+1)
Montgomery: 66

Nelson: 12
New Kent: 28
Newport News: 179 (+8)
Norfolk: 338 (+11)
Northampton: 184 (+10)
Northumberland: 15 (+4)
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 14

Orange: 50

Page: 143 (+3)
Patrick: 6
Petersburg: 57 (+4)
Pittsylvania: 17
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 217(+4)
Powhatan: 23 (+1)
Prince Edward: 72 (+3)
Prince George: 48 (+2)
Prince William: 3,351 (+170)
Pulaski: 10 (+1)

Radford: 3
Rappahannock: 10
Richmond City: 611 (+19)
Richmond County: 203 (+3)
Roanoke City: 120 (+4)
Roanoke County: 83 (+3)
Rockbridge: 11
Rockingham: 381 (+8)
Russell: 6

Salem: 32
Scott: 7
Shenandoah: 278 (+7)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 282 (+12)
Southampton: 134 (+2)
Stafford: 426 (+13)
Staunton: 23 (+2)
Suffolk: 221
Surry: 6
Sussex: 53 (+15)

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 528 (+9)

Warren: 90 (+2)
Washington: 49
Waynesboro: 21
Westmoreland: 42
Winchester: 75 (+2)
Williamsburg: 42
Wise: 23
Wythe: 15

York: 61 (+1)

*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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