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Virginia sees 9 new cases, now has 18 ‘presumptive positive’ coronavirus cases

Southwest Virginia still has 0 cases

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RICHMOND, Va. – There are now 18 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of March 12, 2020.

Southwest Virginia remains the only one of Virginia’s five regions, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health, to have 0 cases.

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Here’s a breakdown of the nine new cases:

  1. An Alexandria resident is isolated at home. This person is connected to the positive case at Christ Church in Georgetown, according to the Alexandria Health Department.
  2. A student at Longwood University. This student has relatively mild symptoms and is a family contact of a presumptive positive COVID-19 case from another region of Virginia, according to Piedmont Health District officials.
  3. A Fairfax County man in his 60s who is married to someone who is a presumptive positive case from North Carolina, according to the Fairfax County Health Department. He became ill with respiratory symptoms on March 2, prior to the spouse being identified as a case on March 9. He is isolated at home.
  4. A Fairfax County man in his 20s who is a close contact of the same presumptive positive case from North Carolina, according to the Fairfax County Health Department. He became ill with symptoms on March 6. He is also isolated at home.
  5. An Arlington County resident who is associated with Christ Church in Georgetown, according to Arlington County officials. The individual is currently doing well and is isolated at home.
  6. A Loudoun County man in his 40s, according to the Loundoun County Health Department. This man is a known close contact to the first case that Loudoun County announced on March 10.
  7. A person in the Peninsula Health District who is believed to have obtained the virus in connection with international travel, and not local community spread, according to Peninsula Health District. Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, as well as James City County and York County are part of this district.
  8. A person in the Peninsula Health District who is believed to have obtained the virus in connection with international travel, and not local community spread, according to Peninsula Health District. Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, as well as James City County and York County are part of this district.
  9. A Harrisonburg resident in his or her 60s tested positive, according to the Central Shenandoah Health District

Two of the new cases identified on Thursday and listed as being in Eastern Virginia are two Virginians currently in Texas and were diagnosed there.

At this time, Virginia has not seen signs of community spread.

Virginia has now seen 117 negative COVID-19 test results.

[Interactive map from Johns Hopkins shows how coronavirus is spreading in real-time]

These cases are “presumptively positive,” meaning they are pending confirmatory testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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