Fairfax County Confirms Four New Cases of Coronavirus

Local health department officials have identified four new presumptive cases of coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 10.

Three individuals from the same household were linked to a presumptive case that was announced on March 12. One of those individuals is a teacher at Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield.

The fourth individual is in his 70s and was traveling on a Nile River cruise that has been linked to other patients.

All county residents have been isolated in their homes and their results were sent to the state’s main laboratory for testing.

As the number of local cases slowly increases, the county’s health director says there’s no evidence that the respiratory disease is rapidly spreading in the community yet.

“At this time, there is no evidence of sustained community spread of the novel coronavirus and the risk to the general FCPS community remains low,” said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director of Health with the Fairfax County Health Department. 

The respiratory disease claimed its first life in Virginia earlier today (Saturday). A man in his 70s near Norfolk died earlier today, according to the Virginia Health Department.

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