Pulaski County man tests positive for COVID-19, the county’s first


PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Health officials from the New River Health District confirmed on Friday a Pulaski County resident tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the county’s first COVID-19 case.

Pulaski County officials say the patient is in his 50s and likely was infected while traveling. According to a statement from the county, the man is under self-isolation with only limited exposure to the general public.

Pulaski County officials remind citizens that limiting potential exposure is the most effective defense against the virus, which means they should continue to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, practice good hygiene, and maintain social distancing.

“We were fortunate to have gone this long without a confirmed case within the County, and we expected at some point we were going to have some of our very own contending with the virus,” says Jonathan D. Sweet, Pulaski County Administrator. “We ask our citizens to continue to be mindful and take the necessary precautions to help keep themselves and those they love safe and healthy during this increased time of risk. I also ask that we lift up this individual as well as our community in prayer and we all wish the patient a swift and full recovery.”

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