Second COVID-19 death in Virginia reported
Published 3:04 pm Monday, March 16, 2020
The Virginia Department of Health reports a second death of a hospitalized patient who previously tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The patient was a male in his 70s who acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19. This new case will be included in the statewide case count today on the VDH website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
This is in addition to the previous death reported Friday, also in the Peninsula Health District, which was the first in Virginia.
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“It is a sad day in our community as we learn that a local resident has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” said Peninsula Health Department Acting Director Dr. Steve Julian. “The Hampton/Peninsula Health District is working closely with our community healthcare partners to assure the best care in response to the pandemic.”
The Peninsula Health District has been hardest-hit in Virginia. The first York County case was reported Monday, adding to 10 cases in James City County. They account for one-fifth of all cases in the state.
Those who have been in close contact with people who have COVID-19 are at the greatest risk of exposure. People with suspected or confirmed exposure should reach out to their health care provider to be evaluated. Please call ahead to the office and let them know you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The Peninsula Health District Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For COVID-19 questions, call 757-594-7069.
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.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.