Western Tidewater Health District reports 1st coronavirus-related death

Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 12:47:56-04

A Western Tidewater Health District man who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died, according to a release by Will Drewery with the health district.

The man, who was in his 60s, was a patient at a local hospital where he died due to respiratory failure. The health district said he had several underlying medical conditions, which exacerbated the effects of coronavirus.

The health district did not identify what city the man lived in.

"The staff of the Western Tidewater Health District is deeply saddened by the death of this patient," said Dr. Todd Wagner, district director. "This is another reminder of how important it is for us to protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19 virus."

This new case will be included in Sunday's statewide case count on the Virginia Department of Health website.

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