RICHMOND, Va. – There are now nine people who have been tested for coronavirus with pending results in the commonwealth, according to the Virginia Dept. of Health.
Here is the breakdown of where the people tested with pending results are from:
- Central: 2
- Eastern: 3
- Northern: 2
- Northwest: 2
- Southwest: 0
So far, 38 results that have been processed have come back negative, while three have returned positive for the coronavirus.
For those with positive results, “we would hold them in isolation but would release them once they were deemed to no longer be infectious. This would be done after lab tests to make sure they were no longer able to transmit the virus and this process would be in conjunction with local and state health department officials,” according to Marshall Vogt, senior epidemiologist at VDH’s Division of Immunization.
According to the governor’s office, Virginia public health officials created an Incident Management Team in January shortly after the virus was identified in Asia. The team is reportedly meeting every day to discuss the virus. The state lab is now also capable of testing for the virus on its own, instead of relying upon the CDC’s lab.
The state will spend $3.6 million primarily on protective equipment for health care professionals and first responders over the next three months, with another $6 million waiting in the wings. Health leaders said they’re looking at this situation like they have at other situations in the past.