First coronavirus case in Louisa County

Note: This article has been updated to correct an error that appeared in the original press release sent by Louisa County. The individual was tested on March 19 and the test results came back today.

The first positive case of coronavirus in Louisa County has been confirmed by the Thomas Jefferson Health District. 

“Thomas Jefferson Health District is conducting a thorough investigation to determine how the individual got COVID-19 and we are contacting any individuals who may be exposed,” said Kathryn Goodman, spokesperson for the health district.

According to the health district, the individual was tested on March 19th and has been quarantined since that time. The test results came back today, March 21.

County officials and the health district continue to urge citizens to employ healthy practices.

“It’s important that everyone continues to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing (at least six feet apart) and staying home as much as possible,” said County Administrator Christian Goodwin. “These strategies will best help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”

Recommended safe practices include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available).

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Avoid contact with sick people.

  • Avoid non-essential travel.

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