Harrisonburg resident becomes 18th case of COVID-19 in Virginia


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health confirmed a Harrisonburg resident tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the 18th case in Virginia.

This is the first case seen in the Central Shenandoah Health District. The patient is isolated and the Department of Health is reaching out to anyone who had close contact with them.

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“The situation with COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly changing, so it is not surprising that we are identifying a case in our area,” said Central Shenandoah Health District Director Dr. Laura Kornegay. 

The patient is a person in their 60s. They developed upper respiratory symptoms that got worse over a few days They are currently doing well in isolation.

You can learn more about this case here.

Below are tips from Virginia Department of Health:

  • 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.

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