Second person dies from coronavirus in Peninsula Health District

Posted at 2:59 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 23:29:37-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A second coronavirus death has been reported in the Peninsula Health District, health officials said.

The victim had previously tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The patient was a male in his 70s who acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. Officials said the cause of his death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.

“It is a sad day in our community as we learn that a local resident has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” said Peninsula Health Department Acting Director Dr. Steve Julian, MD, MBA, FACS. “The Hampton/Peninsula Health District is working closely with our community healthcare partners to assure the best care in response to the Pandemic.”

There are currently 11 cases in the Peninsula Health District, including 10 cases in James City County and one in York County.

County leaders in James City County are working to stay consistent in their messaging, telling people to practice social distancing and wash their hands. "Be smart. This is serious. It's not a panic state, but it is a serious time," said Scott Stevens, the County Administrator.

On Saturday, our area's first death was reported. Another man in his 70s died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Six of the cases are connected to a couple, according to Stevens. They had just mild symptoms, but had been in groups with others. Two of the other cases are connected to each other, as well.

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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

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