Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Crater Health District

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 26, 2020 | 1:31 p.m.

Two Prince George cases mark first positive results in Crater Health District

VIRGINIA – One day after a Fort Lee service member was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, Prince George County officials announced its second positive case of the respiratory illness, with the latest case affecting an elderly county resident.

In a statement Thursday, county officials confirmed a resident in their 70s has tested positive for COVID-19 and remains hospitalized in stable condition. 

The day prior, a Fort Lee service member who tested positive for COVID-19 was identified as California National Guard Soldier in his 30s, on temporary assignment to Army Logistics University. He self-quarantined upon first signs of illness to minimize the potential spread of the virus. 

As of this report, these are the first two positive cases of COVID-19 within the Crater Health District, which is comprised of Prince George, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Surry, Greensville, Emporia, and all of the Tri-Cities. The Fort Lee military base is contained within the borders of Prince George County,

“As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 in the Crater Health District and throughout Virginia, it is essential that people follow the public health recommendations on social distancing and good hygiene,” emphasizes Crater Health District Director Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH. “Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have to do everything we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community.”

The second case of COVID-19 in Prince Geoge County and first cases in the Crater Health District come on the heels of increasing positive test results across the Commonwealth and nation. According to numbers from the Virginia Department of Health Thursday, 460 cases of the respiratory illness have been confirmed in Virginia, up roughly 200 from the previous day. 

65 people have been hospitalized and 13 people have lost their lives to COVID-19. In total, 6,189 people have been tested, up nearly 900 from Wednesday.

In their update Thursday, VDH’s demographic data showed Virginia’s cases of COVID-19 have been reported across all age groups, with the largest number of positive cases being reported in the 30-39 age group with 67, 20-29 age group with 73, and the 50-59 and 60-69 age ranges at 84 cases each.

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.

Information about COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/. Also, consult www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirusfor the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has also activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

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