Isle of Wight County reports positive COVID-19 case

Published 9:12 pm Friday, March 20, 2020

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The Western Tidewater Health District has now verified a positive test in Isle of Wight County for COVID-19, according to a Friday press release from Isle of Wight County.

The patient is a 27-year-old female with a Smithfield address, the news release stated.

“The WTHD is beginning their evaluation of the case and their potential contact investigation process,” the press release stated. “Any individuals at high risk of having been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with this person will be contacted by the health department as part of the contact investigation process.”

This is the second case reported in the Western Tidewater Health District. A Suffolk man in his 50s was confirmed to have the virus on Thursday.

The Western Tidewater Health District includes Suffolk, Franklin, and Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and the outbreak was first identified in China in December. Since that time, it has spread worldwide and been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.