Third coronavirus case reported in Virginia

The patient is a resident of Arlington County
Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 15:43:22-04

ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. -- A third Virginian has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to state health officials.

The patient is a resident of Arlington County in their 60s who developed fever, cough and shortness of breath after having returned from international travel.

They are receiving medical care and is currently recovering, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Virginia health officials say they are working to identify any close contacts of the resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of the coronavirus.

“The Virginia Department of Health, hospitals, and healthcare providers across the state have been preparing for the possibility of residents with COVID-19," said State Health Commissioner, M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. "We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to identify possible cases and prevent the spread of the virus.”

The positive result returned Sunday evening is considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the CDC.

Over the weekend, a Northern Virginia Marine and a Fairfax City resident in their 80s tested positive for the disease. Officials say all three Virginia cases were exposed through international travel.

“Our focus now is that the individual receive the care needed to recover, complete additional investigations, and protect the health of all Virginians,” Oliver added.

Virginia health officials reminded folks to take 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.

As of Monday morning, more than 500 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 22 people have died as a result of the disease in the country, according to Johns Hopkins.

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