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Volunteer firefighter tests positive for COVID019 in Powhatan 

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Posted at 8:14 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 20:34:15-04

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. -- A volunteer with the Powhatan County Fire Department has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Powhatan Fire Chief Philip Warner.

As a result, the fire house where the volunteer served was closed for a few days last week for deep cleaning and sterilization, Warner said.

Additionally, the fire chief said the department is monitoring personnel, but that no one else was showing symptoms as of Sunday.

Fifteen coronavirus cases have been reported in Powhatan County as of Sunday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That is up one case from Saturday's reporting.

An additional 940 COVID-19 cases were reported in Virginia Sunday out of the 6,615 tests processed since the previous day's update. That brings the Commonwealth's total cases to more than 18,600.

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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.