Portsmouth Health District confirms first case of coronavirus

Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 16:09:03-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Portsmouth Health Department announced Thursday that a Portsmouth resident has tested positive for coronavirus.

This is the first positive case in the Portsmouth Health District.

Health officials say the patient, a man in his 60s, recently traveled to Europe.

“We know that this case was travel related and we have not seen community spread," said Portsmouth Health Department Health Director Dr. Lauren James. “We will continue to work closely with our Health Care partners to support our community during this pandemic.”

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 10 people.

Residents are asked to contact the information call center at (757) 683-2745 with questions about the novel coronavirus 19 situation.

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