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COVID-19 in Virginia: 13 new outbreaks reported Thursday

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Posted at 11:26 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:26:22-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 257 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Thursday. That is an increase of 13 outbreaks since Tuesday's report.

Data shows 150 (+7 from Tuesday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 3,109 COVID-19 cases and 452 deaths as of Thursday. That is up 207 cases and 47 deaths from the previous report.

The health department reported 1,314 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 9,310 tests processed. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 21,570.

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

5,045 (+211) in Fairfax County
2,398 (+175) in Prince William County
1,248 (+79) in Arlington County
1,060 (+77) in Alexandria
1,043 (+45) in Loudon County
1,025 (+40) in Henrico County
707 (+61) in Chesterfield County
552 (+27) in Harrisonburg
473 (+35) in Richmond
463 (+214) in Accomack
454 (+9) in Virginia Beach
334 (+26) in Stafford
332 (+43) in Manassas City
311 (+18) in Chesapeake
310 (+28) in Rockingham
270 (+19) in Norfolk
230 (+24) in Spotsylvania
225 (+54) in Buckingham
217 (+16) in Culpeper
213 (+48) in Shenandoah
208 (+3) in Suffolk
193 (+6) in Portsmouth
187 (+44) in Richmond County
167 (+1) in James City County
153 (+8) in Hanover
149 (+2) in Fauquier
149 (+9) in Northampton
147 (+15) in Frederick
137 (+4) in Newport News
131 (+3) in Hampton
128 in Southampton
122 (+9) in Page
112 (+2) in Albemarle
109 (+3) in Mecklenburg
106 (+10) in Manassas Park
103 (+3) in Isle of Wight

As of Thursday's update, 2,995 people had been hospitalized and 769 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 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 nearly 14 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 10,970 cases versus the 10,447 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 153 cases in the Commonwealth.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 463 (+214)
Albemarle: 112 (+2)
Alleghany: 6
Alexandria: 1,060 (+77)
Appomattox: 21
Arlington: 1,248 (+79)
Amelia: 18 (+1)
Amherst: 15
Augusta: 55 (+8)

Bedford: 37 (+1)
Bristol: 2
Botetourt: 29
Brunswick: 16 (+1)
Buchanan: 16
Buckingham: 225 (+54)
Buena Vista City: 8 (+2)

Campbell: 13
Caroline: 36 (+2)
Carroll: 25 (+6)
Charles City: 17
Charlotte: 11
Charlottesville: 65 (+1)
Chesapeake: 311 (+18)
Chesterfield: 707 (+61)
Clarke: 16 (+4)
Colonial Heights: 64 (+6)
Craig: 4
Culpeper: 217 (+16)
Cumberland: 12

Danville: 38 (+1)
Dinwiddie: 25

Emporia: 47 (+1)
Essex: 18 (+1)

Fairfax: 5,045 (+211)
Fairfax City: 35 (+2)
Falls Church: 26
Fauquier: 149 (+2)
Floyd: 3
Fluvanna: 78 (+2)
Franklin City: 23
Franklin County: 24 (+1)
Frederick: 147 (+15)
Fredericksburg: 52 (+7)

Galax: 32 (+7)
Giles: 4
Gloucester: 27 (+1)
Goochland: 81 (+1)
Grayson: 5
Greene: 13
Greensville: 44 (+3)

Halifax: 19 (+1)
Hanover: 153 (+8)
Hampton: 131 (+3)
Harrisonburg: 552 (+27)
Henrico: 1,025 (+40)
Henry: 20 (+1)
Highland: 2
Hopewell: 33 (+2)

Isle of Wight: 103 (+3)

James City: 167 (+1)

King George: 38 (+2)
King and Queen: 4 (+1)
King William: 11 (+1)

Lancaster: 6 (+1)
Lee: 10
Lexington: 5
Louisa: 51 (+1)
Loudoun: 1,043 (+45)
Lunenburg: 4
Lynchburg: 68 (+3)

Madison: 18 (+1)
Manassas City: 332 (+43)
Manassas Park: 106 (+10)
Martinsville: 2
Mathews: 4
Mecklenburg: 109 (+3)
Middlesex: 7
Montgomery: 61

Nelson: 9
New Kent: 26
Newport News: 137 (+4)
Norfolk: 270 (+19)
Northampton: 149 (+9)
Northumberland: 9
Norton: 2
Nottoway: 14

Orange: 43 (+2)

Page: 122 (+9)
Patrick: 2
Petersburg: 41 (+1)
Pittsylvania: 17 (+1)
Poquoson: 7
Portsmouth: 193 (+6)
Powhatan: 17 (+2)
Prince Edward: 63 (+5)
Prince George: 42 (+2)
Prince William: 2,398 (+175)
Pulaski: 9

Radford: 3
Rappahannock: 7 (+1)
Richmond City: 473 (+35)
Richmond County: 187 (+44)
Roanoke City: 88 (+6)
Roanoke County: 60 (+3)
Rockbridge: 8
Rockingham: 310 (+28)
Russell: 6 (+1)

Salem: 30
Scott: 7
Shenandoah: 213 (+48)
Smyth: 13
Spotsylvania: 230 (+24)
Southampton: 128 (+1)
Stafford: 334 (+26)
Staunton: 14 (+1)
Suffolk: 208 (+3)
Surry: 4
Sussex: 32

Tazewell: 6

Virginia Beach: 454 (+9)

Warren: 75 (+7)
Washington: 41 (+1)
Waynesboro: 20 (+4)
Westmoreland: 33 (+3)
Winchester: 61 (+8)
Williamsburg: 29 (+2)
Wise: 22
Wythe: 12

York: 51 (+3)

*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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