First pediatric coronavirus case reported in Gloucester Co.

Posted at 10:21 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 10:26:59-04

GLOUCESTER Co., Va. - The first case of coronavirus has been reported in the Three Rivers Health District, the Virginia Department of Health announced.

The patient is under the age of 10 years old and tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The possibility of community spread is being investigated, officials said.

“Given the nature of the current outbreak, discovering COVID-19 in our community does not come as a surprise and we expect to see more cases in the coming weeks” said Three Rivers Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. “The Public Health Department is in close communication with the family and health professionals involved, and is conducting a thorough investigation of potential exposures.”
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 Three Rivers Health District will continue to keep people informed.

The patient, a child under ten was seen at a pediatric medical practice in Gloucester. The child is at home with family recovering.

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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