The New River Health District announced today in a news release its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the district. The patient is a female in her 20s, and lives in Radford. She is self-isolating, with no known exposures to the public. To protect patient privacy, no further information will be provided.
To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:
Stay home when you are sick;
Avoid contact with sick people;
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor;
Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public; and
Avoid crowds of more than 10 people.
For more information, call the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health call center at 540-267-8240. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. After hours, leave a message.