RICHMOND, VA – The Governor of Virginia has confirmed the first death from the coronavirus Saturday.
According to Gov. Ralph Northam, this is the first reported death from the coronavirus in the state.
The patient was a man in his 70s who had contracted the virus from an “unknown source,” said health officials.
He was in the Peninsula Health District, which covers Newport News, Williamsburg, and nearby areas.
“Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn that a Virginian has died from COVID-19, and we grieve for everyone this virus has touched around the world,” Gov. Northam said.
Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn that a Virginian has died from #COVID19. The health of Virginians continues to be my absolute top priority. I will meet with local Peninsula officials tomorrow, and we will speak to the community about next steps.https://t.co/Q7GNEVDEeO
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) March 14, 2020
“Again, I urge Virginians: take this seriously,” said Gov. Northam. “Take basic health precautions, avoid large gatherings, telework if possible, and stay home if you are sick. That will stop the virus from spreading.”