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First coronavirus case reported on Eastern Shore

Posted: 11:37 AM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 11:40:24-04
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ACCOMACK Co., Va. - The first coronavirus (COVID-19) case has been reported on the Eastern Shore, the Eastern Shore Health District announed Thursday.

Officials said the case marks the first known case in the Eastern Shore Health District. It is believed that this case was travel-related and was not acquired through local community spread.

The Eastern Shore Health District is currently conducting a thorough investigation of the case and any potential exposures.

“We are not surprised to see our first positive COVID-19 case in the District. This reinforces the significant importance of social distancing,” said Eastern Shore Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. The health department continues to conduct surveillance and investigation of any future potential cases. This is a continually evolving situation in Virginia and nationwide, and the Eastern Shore Health District will continue to keep people informed.

Officials said this case is not yet included in the totals posted on the VDH website.

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.

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