Virginia Department of Health investigating second ‘presumptive positive’ case of coronavirus


UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a third ‘presumptive positive’ case of the coronavirus after an Arlington County resident tested positive for the virus.

All three cases were exposed through international travel, according to VDH.

VDH and the Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) are working together to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.  This is the third presumptive positive result, with the other two being a Marine Base Quantico resident and Fairfax City resident.

Virginia Department of Health

The latest case is a resident in their 60s who developed fever, cough and shortness of breath after having returned from international travel.  The resident is receiving medical care and is currently recuperating.  The positive result returned Sunday evening is considered presumptive, pending confirmation by the CDC.

VIRGINIA (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health said they are investigating a second “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus.

In a press conference Sunday afternoon Virginia health authorities provided an update on the second possible case of coronavirus.

Testing for the second patient done at DCLS in Richmond. They tested ‘presumptive positive’ on March 6. The CDC is working to confirm if the second patient has coronavirus.

The second individual is a resident of the City of Fairfax in their 80s who traveled on a similar Nile River cruise as other positive coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. The patient began to develop symptoms of respiratory illness on February 28, was hospitalized on March 5, and remains in stable condition.”

Virginia Department of Health

The patient had limited contact with their community, VDH said. So the risk of other Virginians contacting the coronavirus remains low.

On Saturday, VDH confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in Virginia. The Department released a statement saying a U.S. Marine tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

In both cases, the patients had traveled internationally. The cases are not related, VDH said.

People should continue to practice basic daily measures like washing hands, staying home when sick, covering mouths when coughing and staying away from sick people.

If you want to watch the press conference, it’s available here.



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