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Western Tidewater Health District confirms first COVID-19 case in Suffolk

The health district covers Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Southampton County, and the City of Franklin.

SUFFOLK, Va. — The Western Tidewater Health District confirmed a resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, the first such case in the area.

The patient is a Suffolk man in his 50s who recently returned from a trip to New York. Health officials say the man described a rapid onset of symptoms and immediately self-isolated, which is believed to have greatly limited potential contacts.

The Western Tidewater Health District covers Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Southampton County, and the City of Franklin.

There have been several new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region announced Thursday, including cases in Portsmouth, the Eastern Shore, Gloucester, and Fort Eustis.

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed there are 94 cases of coronavirus in Virginia, but as of Thursday evening, the Suffolk case was not included in the grand total.

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