Health officials give update on two coronavirus cases in Virginia

FAIRFAX, Va. – Health department officials gave an update on two coronavirus cases in Virginia Sunday afternoon.

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According to the Pentagon, a U.S. Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County tested positive with coronavirus on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Virginia health officials announced a second confirmed case of the coronavirus in Virginia.

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The latest case is a person from Fairfax who is in their 80. They traveled on a similar Nile River cruise as other positive coronavirus patients.

“Both cases had traveled internationally days before developing symptoms, and the two cases are not related,” said Virginia State Epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake during Sunday’s update.

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According to WRC, the Marine “recently returned from overseas, where he was on official business,” Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said on Twitter.

As of Sunday, 44 Virginians had been tested for coronavirus. 36 came up negative, and the Virginia Department of Health is awaiting the results of the six other tests.

Peake said the commonwealth already has a plan in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Virginia has been preparing for the possibility of cases occurring in the commonwealth since early January, when the coronavirus was first identified in China,” Peake said.

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