Young New Kent woman recovering from COVID-19

Posted at 12:04 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 13:06:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A New Kent County woman in her 20s is recovering at home after she tested positive for COVID-19, Chickahominy Health District Population Health Manager Caitlin Hodge said.

She was the first person in New Kent to test positive for the virus.

"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, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions," Hodge said.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

“Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies in lessening the impact of an epidemic such as COVID19,” Chickahominy Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck said. "People should avoid social gatherings of more than 10 individuals. If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immune compromise), you should seriously consider staying at home."

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