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COVID-19 in Virginia: 3 new outbreaks reported Thursday, May 21

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Posted at 11:20 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 11:23:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 314 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Thursday. That is an increase of three outbreaks since Wednesday's report.

Data shows 186 (+2 from yesterday) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 4,304 COVID-19 cases and 654 deaths. That is up 45 cases and 18 deaths from the previous day's report.

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The health department reported 1,229 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 6,758 total tests processed since yesterday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 34,137.

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

8,580 (+417) in Fairfax County
4,183 (+129) in Prince William County
1,763 (+35) in Arlington
1,700 (+121) in Loudon County
1,627 (+50) in Alexandria
1,339 (+18) in Henrico County
1,132 (+32) in Chesterfield County
888 (+53) in Richmond
743 (+44) in Manassas City
709 in Accomack
695 (+20) in Harrisonburg
584 (+20) in Virginia Beach
540 (+26) in Stafford
526 (+32) in Culpeper
438 (+19) in Buckingham
434 (+20) in Rockingham
412 (+11) in Chesapeake
377 (+7) in Norfolk
366 (+15) in Spotsylvania
355 (+10) in Shenandoah
278 (+4) in Suffolk
263 in Richmond County
261 (+10) in Fauquier
245 (+11) in Frederick
245 (+4) in Portsmouth
244 (+6) in Hanover
223 (+16) in Manassas Park
215 (+4) in Newport News
206 (+1) in Northampton
189 in James City County
185 (+7) in Mecklenburg
167 (+2) in Hampton
166 in Page
142 in Albemarle
138 (+1) in Southampton
135 in Roanoke City
121 (+1) in Isle of Wight
110 (+5) in Warren
110 (+6) in Winchester
107 (+6) in Fredericksburg
100 (+1) in Sussexx

As of Thursday's update, 4,093 people had been hospitalized and 1,099 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 14.9 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 17,024 cases versus the 16,877 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 236 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 709
Albemarle: 142
Alleghany: 9 (-1)
Alexandria: 1,627 (+50)
Amelia: 22 (+1)
Amherst: 25
Appomattox: 25 (+1)
Arlington: 1,763 (+35)
Augusta: 85 (-3)

Bedford: 41
Bristol: 4 (+1)
Botetourt: 31
Brunswick: 21
Buchanan: 18
Buckingham: 438 (+19)
Buena Vista City: 12 (+1)

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 45
Carroll: 64
Charles City: 25 (+1)
Charlotte: 16 (+1)
Charlottesville: 72
Chesapeake: 412 (+11)
Chesterfield: 1,132 (+32)
Clarke: 19
Colonial Heights: 82 (+2)
Covington: 3
Craig: 5 (+1)
Culpeper: 526 (+32)
Cumberland: 25

Danville: 45
Dinwiddie: 47

Emporia: 58
Essex: 36 (+1)

Fairfax: 8,580 (+417)
Fairfax City: 51 (+4)
Falls Church: 46 (+2)
Fauquier: 261 (+10)
Floyd: 4
Fluvanna: 83 (+1)
Franklin City: 34 (2)
Franklin County: 30
Frederick: 245 (+11)
Fredericksburg: 107 (+6)

Galax: 82
Giles: 5
Gloucester: 30 (+1)
Goochland: 89 (+1)
Grayson: 22
Greene: 20
Greensville: 55

Halifax: 29
Hanover: 244 (+6)
Hampton: 167 (+2)
Harrisonburg: 695 (+20)
Henrico: 1,339 (+18)
Henry: 53 (+3)
Highland: 3 (+1)
Hopewell: 62 (+1)

Isle of Wight: 121 (+1)

James City: 189

King George: 49 (+1)
King and Queen: 7
King William: 16 (+1)

Lancaster: 8 (+1)
Lee: 10
Lexington: 6
Louisa: 64 (+3)
Loudoun: 1,700 (+121)
Lunenburg: 7
Lynchburg: 75

Madison: 27
Manassas City: 743 (+44)
Manassas Park: 223 (+16)
Martinsville: 21 (+1)
Mathews: 5
Mecklenburg: 185 (+7)
Middlesex: 12
Montgomery: 67 (+1)

Nelson: 13
New Kent: 26 (-1)
Newport News: 215 (+4)
Norfolk: 377 (+7)
Northampton: 206 (+1)
Northumberland: 21
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 19 (+1)

Orange: 73 (+4)

Page: 166
Patrick: 12 (+2)
Petersburg: 84 (+4)
Pittsylvania: 26
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 245 (+4)
Powhatan: 26 (+1)
Prince Edward: 99 (+13)
Prince George: 56
Prince William: 4,183 (+129)
Pulaski: 10

Radford: 4 (+1)
Rappahannock: 12
Richmond City: 888 (+53)
Richmond County: 263
Roanoke City: 135
Roanoke County: 89 (+1)
Rockbridge: 12 (-1)
Rockingham: 434 (+20)
Russell: 8

Salem: 33 (+1)
Scott: 8 (+1)
Shenandoah: 355 (+10)
Smyth: 15
Spotsylvania: 366 (+15)
Southampton: 138 (+1)
Stafford: 540 (+26)
Staunton: 34 (+1)
Suffolk: 278 (+4)
Surry: 6
Sussex: 100 (+1)

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 584 (+20)

Warren: 110 (+5)
Washington: 51 (+1)
Waynesboro: 33 (+4)
Westmoreland: 43 (+1)
Winchester: 110 (+6)
Williamsburg: 43
Wise: 24 (+1)
Wythe: 16

York: 63 (+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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