First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Southampton County

March 26, 2020

Media Contact:  Will Drewery (757) 435-4428

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Southampton County

A male in his 60’s from Southampton County has tested positive for COVID-19. While the patients address is in Southampton County, the patient currently resides at an assisted living facility in Northampton County, North Carolina. The patient was transported to a local hospital, for an unrelated medical emergency.

The Western Tidewater Health District (WTHD) is working a full contact investigation collaboratively with the Northampton County Health Department.  WTHD will notify those with contact exposures and advise those persons of the precautions they should take.

“This case is a great example of the collaborative public health effort that occurs when we have patients that cross state borders,” said Dr. Todd Wagner, director of the Western Tidewater Health District.

Note: This case is not included in the totals posted today on the VDH website at

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: or Please consult 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.