A person who has tested positive for the coronavirus has been hospitalized in a Northern Shenandoah Valley hospital.
A Saturday evening news release from the Lord Fairfax Health District, which is headquartered in Winchester, states that the patient, who does not live in the area, had limited contact with others in the area but that the health department will be talking to those who have had contact.
"Those identified will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. To protect patient confidentiality no further information about the patient will be released," the release states.
The release does not identify the hospital where the patient is being treated.
Dr. Colin Greene, Lord Fairfax Health District director, noted in the release that the department is "working around the clock" with the state health department and health care partners to identify coronavirus cases in the area. The district covers Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, Clarke and Page counties as well as the city of Winchester.
“We will work to identify potential contacts of each case, assess their risk of exposure and recommend appropriate public health and medical measures, as needed,” Greene states.
“As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19, it is critical that people follow the public health guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene,” he notes in the release. “If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immune compromise – you should seriously consider staying at home. We all have a responsibility and duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and our community from this novel coronavirus.”
For more information about the coronavirus in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus