7 cases of coronavirus reported on Peninsula, 30 cases in Virginia

Posted at 12:06 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 17:26:03-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Seven cases of coronavirus have now been reported in James City County, according to the latest update by the Virginia Department of Health.

That number has risen from two cases reported Thursday.

Four of the new cases have been in contact with the initial two patients, the Peninsula Health District said. As for the fifth new patient, the source of their infection is unknown, and the investigation to identify where they may have gotten the virus is ongoing.

“These five new cases make this a community outbreak of COVID-19,” said Peninsula Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck. “The fact that one of these cases has an unknown exposure is concerning and is suspicious for community spread.” This is a continually evolving situation, and the Peninsula Health District (PHD) will continue to keep people informed.

The PHD has activated its incident management team and is deploying all necessary resources in an attempt to contain this outbreak. PHD is working with the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the best possible guidance for the community.

The Peninsula Health District will be opening a call center effective Saturday, March 14 at 8 a.m. The phone number is 757-594-7069. If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor.

Friday morning, a Williamsburg school closed at 10:30 a.m. due to a volunteer at Matthew Whaley Elementary testing positive for coronavirus.

The Virginia Department of Health said 30 people have tested positive for the virus.

For more information, visit the CDC's website or the Virginia Department of Health's website.

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