March 21, 2020
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Chesapeake Health Department Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19
The Chesapeake Health Department announced today a resident has tested positive for coronavirus 19 (COVID-19). This case marks the first positive case in the Chesapeake Health District. The female in her 50s had recently traveled to New York. The patient is hospitalized and in stable condition.
“Since most cases are mild they do not meet test requirements and thus remain undiagnosed and capable of exposing persons to the virus,” said Chesapeake Health Department Health Director Dr. Nancy Welch. “Thus the need for social distancing to reduce viral exposure in the community and help protect our at-risk population. We are the Community That Cares and this is a valuable way of showing it. We know this individual is in good care; may her recovery be soon and without complication.”
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.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or www.vdh.virgina.gov/coronavirus/. Please consult www.vdh.virgina.gov/coronavirus for the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.
Residents should contact the information call center at (757) 683-2745 with questions about the COVID-19 situation.
Note: This case is not included in the totals posted today on the VDH website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.