Respiratory failure: Fairfax County reports its first COVID-19 death

Grant Boone
March 24, 2020

Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has reported the deaths of three Peninsula residents, two who previously tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and a third newly positive case. Submit it for publication at Fort Hunt Herald by completing the form here or emailing

During a news conference Sunday morning, Northam said the state is also working to ensure Virginia's health care providers have enough personal protective equipment - or PPE's - to keep them safe. It spreads primarily through respiratory droplets.

The Virginia Department of Health, which releases updated figures at noon each day, says 3,697 people have been tested in Virginia.

The three patients acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source.

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"The health of Virginians and our communities is my most important priority right now", said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

"We are saddened by the first confirmed death of a Fairfax County resident due to COVID-19".

As of Sunday, schools were closed in 46 states, according to Education Week, affecting at least 54.5 million students.

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