Fourth and fifth ‘presumptive positive’ coronavirus cases reported in Virginia


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ARLINGTON, Va. (WAVY) — A fourth and fifth person has tested positive for coronavirus in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health announced Monday night.

Fourth and fifth “presumptive positive” cases were identified in Fairfax and Spotsylvania County.

The cases are considered “presumptive,” VDH says, because it still needs to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.

The third case of coronavirus was also announced Monday. That person is in their 60s and a resident of Arlington County. VDH says the person developed fever, cough and shortness of breath, but they’re receiving medical care and recovering.

The first two cases involve a U.S. Marine based at Quantico and resident of Fairfax County in their 80s.

One of the two newest positive cases, the one in Fairfax announced Monday night, is the spouse and close contact of the person who tested positive in Fairfax March 7. That exposure is not the result of community transmission, the VDH said.

The VDH says that woman traveled on a Nile River cruise with her husband. After he husband was tested, she was asked to quarantine herself and avoid others. She has been compliant.

The fifth case is a Spotsylvania County resident and is in their 50s. That person developed fever, cough, shortness of breath, and then got medical care. They are currently under medical care and stable according to their physician.

“The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness,” said in a press release. “In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions.  Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.  Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.  COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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.

Follow the latest updates on coronavirus from the CDC and VDH.

You can check out the coronavirus tracking map here.

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