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COVID-19 clusters on the rise in Richmond

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Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 23:47:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- COVID-19 clusters have been on the rise in Richmond over the past two weeks. Since March, the city has seen 4,000 confirmed cases and 50 deaths from the coronavirus.

“We are seeing more cases and we are seeing more clusters," Richmond, Henrico Health Director said Danny Avula said.

Stoney urged college students who just returned to campus to be careful.

“If you’re living here in the city, we still ask that you adhere to the policy," Stoney said. "We don’t want you mass gathering at parties after you’ve done your virtual learning online.”

Mayor Stoney is still calling on Richmonders to download the COVIDWISE app which will notify users if they've been exposed to coronavirus.

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.