Virginia's third coronavirus case hits DC suburb Arlington County

Virginia's third coronavirus case hits DC suburb Arlington County

Health officials in Virginia on Monday confirmed the state's third coronavirus case, in the D.C. suburb of Arlington County.

The virus has infected an individual in their 60s who recently traveled abroad, the county and the Virginia Department of Health announced. The other two cases involve a resident in Fairfax City and a U.S. Marine at Fort Belvoir. Both locations are suburbs of Washington, D.C., as well.

D.C. confirmed its first presumptive case Saturday.

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The Arlington County individual experienced a fever, cough and shortness of breath after international travel. The patient is receiving medical care and currently recovering, officials said.

The case is considered “presumptive” because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yet to confirm it.

“The individual had limited contact with others while ill and the risk to the general Arlington community remains low,” Arlington County said in a statement.

The county's Public Health Division is working with the state's health department to identify close contacts of the infected person who need testing or to monitor their symptoms.

All three of the Virginia cases are connected to international travel.

“We are working closely with our health care partners and the state to monitor the patient and identify and work with their close contacts,” Arlington County Health Director Reuben Varghese said in a statement. “Confirming a case of COVID-19 in an Arlington resident does not come as a surprise given international travel from an affected area."

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Symptoms from the virus typically appear within 14 days of exposure. The virus can be fatal for a small portion of people, typically those who are older and have chronic medical conditions.

Arlington Transit announced last week that it will provide sanitizer to employees and "deep clean and sanitize all buses thoroughly at the end of each night."

The number of cases in the U.S. has been increasing, reaching at least 565 in the country and causing at least 22 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.