Chesapeake confirms first coronavirus case

Posted at 3:44 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 15:44:56-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The Chesapeake Health Department confirms the city's first coronavirus case.

The Chesapeake Health Department says a woman in her fifties who recent traveled to New York, tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials says she is currently hospitalized and in stable conditions.

“Since most cases are mild they do not meet test requirements and thus remain undiagnosed and capable of exposing persons to the virus,” said Chesapeake Health Department Health Director Dr. Nancy Welch

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

· 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.

· Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.

· Avoid crowds of more than ten people.