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Coronavirus case under investigation in Southwest Virginia

(WVVA)- We have a statement from the VDH and it comes from State Epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake:

"The Virginia Department of Health updates the number of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Virginia on our website on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of each week at We currently have one PUI in Northern Region and one PUI in Southwest Region with test results pending. To protect individual patient confidentiality, PUIs are reported by the region of the state in which they reside, and specific details about any person being tested are not provided. VDH will continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local partners to detect and respond to any possible cases that might occur in the Commonwealth.“

ROANOKE, Va. (WSLS) – The Virginia Department of Health says two Virginians are being tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One of the people with a pending test result is in Southwest Virginia, while the other is in Northern Virginia, according to the VDH.

The Virginia Department of Health defines Southwest Virginia to include the following counties and cities:

  • Counties: Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe
  • Cities: Bristol, Covington, Danville, Galax, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Norton, Radford, Roanoke and Salem

The VDH did not explicitly state which city or county in Southwest Virginia has a person being tested.

The department has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

So far, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus in Virginia. Six people in the state have tested negative.

Stay with WVVA for updates.

Jacqui Sweigart

Content Manager

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