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Man in his 40s is Patrick County's first confirmed COVID-19 case

PATRICK COUNTY, VA – A man in his 40s is Patrick County's first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Nancy Bell, Population Health Manager of the Virginia Department of Health West Piedmont District, said the man is in isolation at home.

Bell said the source of the infection is could be related to the patient's domestic travel history.

His close contacts have been identified and quarantined.

The one reported this morning on VDH's website for this locality was an error, it was from another district.

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Apr 22, 2020

This gentleman TESTED positive for Covid19. When people read this headline they are instilled with fear and their first thought is the first man in Patrick County “dies” of Covid19. He did not die. He is NOT in the hospital. He has a 98% chance of recovery. Remember to ask yourself a few questions before you assume the worst case scenario. The news media is limited by HIPPA to share if the person has underlying co morbidities such as asthma, COPD, CHF or lung cancer. Do not have your life controlled by fear.

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