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Chesterfield man dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted at 10:27 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 00:01:10-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va.-- A Chesterfield man in his 60's has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19, marking the county's first Coronavirus related fatality.
“Sadly, we have experienced our first local COVID-19 related fatality. We send our sincere condolences to this person’s family,” said Chesterfield Health District Director Dr. Alexander Samuel.

“Unfortunately, those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Everyone, especially at-risk individuals, are strongly advised to stay home whenever possible and practice social distancing to minimize contact with others.” said Dr. Samuel.

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:

• Stay at home to the greatest extent possible

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing

• 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

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

• Avoid contact with sick people

• If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor

• Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when you must be out in public

This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus [cdc.gov] or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ [vdh.virginia.gov].

On Tuesday, the City of Richmond also announced the first two deaths of Richmond residents due to COVID-19.