Eastern Shore reports three additional coronavirus cases

Posted at 12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 12:36:00-04

EASTERN SHORE, Va. – The Eastern Shore Health District announced three more individuals tested positive for coronavirus disease over the weekend.

Two of the three cases have no known travel off the Shore and no contact with previously confirmed cases.

The Eastern Shore Health District says they have conducted a thorough investigation of the cases and any potential exposures.

“We believe the two cases from this weekend are evidence of the beginning of community transmission of the virus. Social distancing practices must be maintained. Stay at home and leave only for critical supplies. If you’re sick, contact your primary care provider via phone,” said Eastern Shore Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams.

An employee of the Onley Community Health Center tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a release by the Eastern Shore Rural Health System on Saturday.

Most patients with COVID-19 have only mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe symptoms, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.
•Avoid contact with sick people.
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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