Navy confirms civilian coronavirus case in Virginia

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WFXR) — The Navy confirmed a presumptive positive case of coronavirus on Tuesday, March 10, which it says is among eight cases in Virginia.

The Navy civilian at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in Falls Church is the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus for a Navy civilian.

The patient is hospitalized at an undisclosed northern Virginia hospital, according to the Navy.

Virginia’s top health officials said during a conference call that eight cases of coronavirus across the Commonwealth have not tranmsitted to the public through so-called “community spread,” defined as not having a known, trackable source of the virus.

The eight other cases, which include presumptive positives confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health but not yet confirmed by the CDC, come from the following cities and counties: two in Fairfax, two in Virginia Beach, one in Quantico, one in Arlington County, one in Spotsylvania County, and one in Loudoun County. Another case of coronavirus was reported by the U.S. Navy in Falls Church.

The risk of contracting coronavirus remains low, said State Epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake. She noted that the state had two test kits at Virginia Department of Health, capable of testing between 150 and 200 patients each. Other kits have been ordered.

A previous version of this story said the Navy civilian was Virginia’s ninth of coronavirus. The Navy has since clarified this case was among eight already reported by the Virginia Department of Health.

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