Virginia had 114 confirmed instances and two deaths as of Friday.
“Well being division employees will likely be contacting individuals who have been recognized as shut contacts, who will likely be requested to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for signs for 14 days,” Dr. Wade Kartchner, RRHD well being director, stated in a press launch at 10:38 p.m. March 20.
“These instances mark the primary optimistic COVID-19 instances within the Rappahannock-Rapidan Well being District,” Dr. Kartchner stated “The sufferers described a speedy onset of signs and shortly self-isolated, which enormously restricted potential contacts.
“The 2 sufferers (each of their 70s) reside in the identical family. To guard affected person confidentiality no additional details about the sufferers will likely be launched. As we obtain laboratory outcomes, our native public well being employees work diligently to isolate sufferers and establish neighborhood members who might have been uncovered.”
The district consists of Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.
The medical director added: “It’s essential that folks observe the general public well being pointers on isolation and quarantine. All neighborhood members must be following the rules on social distancing and good hygiene. Social distancing is among the only methods in lessening the impression of this pandemic.”
Individuals ought to keep away from social gatherings of greater than 10 people. In case you are 65 years or older, or when you’ve got a critical persistent medical situations — resembling coronary heart illness, lung illness, diabetes and immune compromise — you need to severely take into account staying at dwelling.
“All of us have a duty and obligation to do every little thing we will to guard ourselves and our neighborhood from this novel coronavirus,” Dr. Kartchner stated.
Most sufferers with COVID-19 have gentle to average signs. Nonetheless, in a small proportion of sufferers, COVID-19 can result in extra extreme sickness, together with loss of life, notably amongst those that are older or those that have persistent medical situations. Signs embrace fever, cough and problem respiration. Signs seem inside 14 days of being uncovered to an infectious individual.
COVID-19 spreads primarily by respiratory droplets produced when an contaminated individual coughs or sneezes. To decrease the chance of spreading respiratory infections, together with COVID-19, the well being division encourages individuals to:
• Keep dwelling if you end up sick.
• Keep away from contact with sick individuals.
• Cowl your mouth and nostril with a tissue or your sleeve (not your fingers) when coughing or sneezing.
• Wash your fingers typically with cleaning soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if cleaning soap and water should not obtainable.
• Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril and mouth.
• Clear and disinfect steadily touched objects and surfaces.
• In case you are experiencing signs, name your physician.
Because the COVID-19 outbreak expands, suggestions might change. RRHD is working intently with the Virginia Division of Well being and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention to offer the absolute best steerage for the neighborhood.
For basic questions on COVID-19, name the RRHD COVID-19 Hotline at 540-316-6302. For the newest on COVID-19, go to: www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
These instances should not but mirrored within the web site dashboard, which is up to date each day, with instances recorded by 5 p.m. the day earlier than. The final report confirmed Virginia with 114 confirmed instances and two deaths.
Fauquier had no instances. Amongst neighboring counties, Prince William had 12 instances; Loudoun, 9, and Stafford, two.