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Woman in her 20s marks 3rd coronavirus case on Eastern Shore

Posted: 2:33 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 14:37:09-04
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NORTHAMPTON Co., Va. - The Eastern Shore now has three confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), health officials said Thursday.

A woman in her 20s had recently traveled from another country with known community transmission. The Eastern Shore Health District is currently conducting a thorough investigation of the case and any potential exposures, officials said.

“Social distancing continues to be our best weapon to combat the spread of this virus. While we anticipate the case count to grow, limiting exposure to others as much as possible is vital,” said Eastern Shore Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. The health department continues to conduct surveillance and investigation of any future potential cases. In order to control COVID-19, it is very important for all to follow the health department recommendations.

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

•Stay home when you are sick.
•Practice social distancing. Maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public.
•Avoid contact with sick people.
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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