Investigation shows coronavirus not in Southwest Virginia

Now, 8 people have tested negative for the disease in Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that both cases of possible coronavirus being tested are negative.

One case being tested was in Southwest Virginia, while another case was in Northern Virginia.


The Virginia Department of Health says two Virginians are being tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One of the people with a pending test result is in Southwest Virginia, while the other is in Northern Virginia, according to the VDH.

The two pending results first appeared in Wednesday’s update. Both are still pending as of Friday.

The Virginia Department of Health defines Southwest Virginia to include the following counties and cities:

  • Counties: Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe
  • Cities: Bristol, Covington, Danville, Galax, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Norton, Radford, Roanoke and Salem

The VDH did not explicitly state which city or county in Southwest Virginia has a person being tested.

The department has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

So far, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus in Virginia. Six people in the state have tested negative.

Map of how the Virginia Department of Health defines its geographic regions (Virginia Department of Health)

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