Virginia Beach sees region's highest number of reported COVID-19 cases

Posted at 11:57 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 07:06:10-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach is seeing the region's highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 207 as of Wednesday morning.

Of those cases, about 40% are from unknown origins, according to Dr. Demetria Lindsay from the Virginia Dept. of Health.

"It is safe to say that at this point, we do have widespread community transmission," she told city council members during a briefing on Tuesday.

Virginia Beach does have a higher population compared to the rest of Hampton Roads cities, and numbers are still lower compared to areas in Northern Virginia. Dr. Lindsay says with one early exception, there has not been a cluster of cases either.

Dr. Lindsay said the number of active cases has remained about the same in Virginia Beach each day, adding there hasn't been a surge so far. Test results are still taking several days to come back, meaning the 207 number is accurate as of several days ago.

Still, the Department of Heath continues to tell people to remain home if they can and to practice social distancing.

"We are at the point where we assume that there is the potential for community-level transmission at any part of the city," Lindsay said.

Her report contained some good news, as 23 people have been cleared from isolation.

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