UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Health said Monday that two patients in the central region of Virginia tested negative for the novel coronavirus, meaning they do not have the virus.

VDH's central region is a group of localities generally to the east of Appomattox County that includes Richmond.

Test results for a third patient in the northern region of Virginia are expected to be received later this week, VDH said.

VDH said last week officials were investigating the three cases because they appeared to meet the criteria for the virus, a respiratory outbreak first detected in China. Chinese health authorities say the new virus has infected 2,744 people and killed 80 as of midnight Sunday.

Virginia continues to have no confirmed cases of coronavirus linked to the outbreak in China, the health department reported.


UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Health and local health officials are investigating three cases that seem to meet the criteria for the novel coronavirus, the respiratory outbreak first detected in China.

Two of the cases under investigation are in the central region of Virginia and one stems from the northern region of the state, according to a VDH news release. The three patients meet “both the clinical and epidemiologic criteria for 2019-nCoV.”

Today, the VDH will begin posting the number of patients under investigation on its coronavirus webpage, though specifics will not be provided to protect patient confidentiality.

“Public health is working closely with these patients and anyone who was in close contact to prevent the spread of illness,” the VDH news release states.

The common coronavirus causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness. Some who have caught 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms, but others’ symptoms have been more severe, according to the VDH. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing that appear from two to 14 days after exposure.

Chinese health authorities say the new virus has infected 2,744 people and killed 80 as of midnight Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

“VDH is also reminding Virginians that there are steps everyone should take to prevent respiratory illness — especially with the influenza [flu] and respiratory disease season underway in Virginia,” the news release states. “These include getting a flu vaccine, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and taking flu antivirals as prescribed.

 

Sidener is the special publications editor for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5539.

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