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Virginia DMV employee dies from COVID-19, 5 others test positive

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:44:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- One Virginia DMV employee has died from COVID-19 and five others have tested positive, the DMV confirmed Monday.

Four people tested positive at the DMV headquarters in Richmond. Two employees tested positive at the DMV Dahlgreen Motor Carrier Service Center in King George County. That center has been closed since March 20.

On April 7, DMV emailed employees notifying them of the death.

"We grieve with and pray for the persons family and all who cared for them," the email read.

The DMV said that the employee who died went out on sick leave 20 days prior.

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.