Western Tidewater Health District confirms first positive coronavirus case

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:20:58-04

SUFFOLK, Va. — The Western Tidewater Health Department announced Thursday a man has tested positive for coronavirus.

This case marks the first positive case in the Western Tidewater Health District.

The man, who is in his 50s, had recently returned from a trip to New York.

The district covers Isle of Wight County, Southampton County and the cities of Franklin and Suffolk. Health officials told News 3 the man lives in Suffolk.

“The patient described a rapid onset of symptoms, and quickly self-isolated which greatly limited potential contacts,” said Western Tidewater Health Director Dr. Todd Wagner. “We are monitoring the situation and working closely with medical authorities to make sure we are providing the best information to this patient and his family.”

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 ten people.

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