Eight presumptive cases of coronavirus confirmed in Virginia

Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 10:31 PM EDT
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The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed eight presumptive or confimed cases of

in the commonwealth. No deaths have been reported in Virginia.

No specifics have been released, but the three reported Tuesday include a person in Loudoun County in northern VIrginia, according to the health department there, and two in Virginia Beach, according to CBS affiliate WTKR.

All eight cases are reflected in the updated report on the Virginia Department of Health


In Loudoun, a man in his 60s and woman in her 50s traveled on a Nile River cruise, which recently reported COVID-19 cases. They returned to United States on March 5. Sunday, March 8, the patients were tested at a Virginia Beach hospital.

The presumptive Loudoun case is a resident of the county in his or her 40s. The person is believed to have come in contact with a person with COVID-19 while attending Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., which has reported a case.

The resident was brought to the attention of the Loudoun County Health Department early Tuesday morning following testing for the novel coronavirus by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond. The positive test result is considered a presumptive positive, pending confirmatory testing by CDC. The patient is said to be doing well and is isolated at home.

“We know the risk of coronavirus disease—or COVID-19—increases among close contacts of infected persons,” said Loudoun County Health Department Director David Goodfriend, MD, MPH. “In this case, based on the results of our contact investigation to date, the risk to the general Loudoun community remains low.”

“We anticipated that a case of COVID-19 would be diagnosed in our community at some point,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall. “It is important that we all follow the prevention guidance issued by the CDC to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

According to the state health department, a patient in Fairfax is a household contact of another person who had already been identified as a presumptive case. Another patient is a resident of Spotsylvania County.

Another case involves the spouse of the patient who tested positive March 7. She was on the same Nile River cruise as her husband and was asked to self-quarantine, stay home and avoid contact with others. After showing signs of minor respiratory illness symptoms, the Health Department retrieve samples for tests.

She was hospitalized while tests were being performed, and is currently doing well, according to the release from the Virginia Department of Health.

The cases await confirmation from the CDC.



for more information regarding combatting the coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health can also be reached through their public information line at 877-ASK-VDH3.

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