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Second case of coronavirus confirmed on Eastern Shore

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 10:19:18-04

ACCOMACK Co., Va. - A man in his 60s has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Eastern Shore Health District.

Officials said this is the second case in this district and he was a travel companion of the first identified case.

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

He was a travel companion of the first identified case. The Eastern Shore Health District is currently conducting a thorough investigation of the case and any potential exposures.

“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of social distancing. As the number of cases continues to grow so will the number of close contacts who may have been exposed to the virus,” said Eastern Shore Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. The health department continues to conduct surveillance and investigation of any future potential cases. In order to control COVID-19, it is very important for all to follow the health department recommendations.

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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