Hanover teen tests presumptive positive for coronavirus

Posted at 10:58 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:28:52-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Central Virginia patient has tested “presumptive positive” for the coronavirus.

The positive test was reported in the Chickahominy Health District which includes Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, and Charles City counties.

The patient has been identified as a male teenager in Hanover County, according to Chickahominy Health District spokesperson Caitlin Hodge.

Hodge says the teen recently traveled to a country that has ongoing community transition of COVID-19. While she wouldn’t specify which country, she confirmed that it’s on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries.

The teen, who does not attend school, is “doing well” and is self-isolating at home, according to Hodge.

He developed symptoms on March 8 and tested for virus by Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.

The most recent positive test result brings the total number of positive cases in Virginia to nine.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam led a COVID-19 (coronavirus) press conference Wednesday morning.

Expert: Worst still to come in US virus outbreak

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has told a U.S. House committee that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. is going to get worse.

CDC Director Robert Redfield reports that U.S. virus deaths now up to 31 and confirmed cases are over 1,000.

Fauci told the the House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington on Wednesday that "I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now."

He says how much worse it gets depends on two things: the ability of U.S. authorities to curtail the influx of travelers who may be bringing the disease into the country and the ability of states and communities to contain local outbreaks in this country.

Asked if the worst is yet to come, Fauci said: "Yes, it is."