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4th and 5th 'presumptive positive' cases of coronavirus confirmed by Virginia Department of Health

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 06:40:33-04

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed the 4th and 5th 'presumptive positive' cases of coronavirus in the Commonwealth.

Monday night VDH officials said one case is a household contact of a case previously identified in Fairfax in the Northern Region of the state. The other case is a resident of Spotsylvania County in the Northwest Region of the state. The two cases are not related.

The fourth presumptive positive case is a City of Fairfax resident. This individual is the spouse and close contact of the patient who tested positive on March 7, and the exposure is not the result of community transmission, VDH said. The individual traveled on the same Nile River cruise as her husband.

The fifth presumptive positive case is a resident of Spotsylvania County, and in their 50s. The individual developed fever, cough, shortness of breath, and subsequently sought medical attention. The case was brought to the attention of the Rappahannock Area Health District, and testing for the novel coronavirus was done by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) in Richmond, VDH said.

“The Virginia Department of Health, hospitals, and health care providers statewide continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth,” said State Health Commissioner, M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “Through a strategic, coordinated, statewide response, the Commonwealth is well-prepared to respond to positive COVID-19 cases as they occur.”