Gov. Ralph Northam (D) says a Virginia resident has died from coronavirus.
The deceased was a man in his 70s, according to the Virginia Department of Health. He acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The official cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.
The death was reported by the Peninsula Health District, which spans two independent counties and four independent cities: James City County, York County, the City of Hampton, the City of Newport News, the City of Poquoson and the City of Williamsburg.
After offering his condolences, Northam said, "As a commonwealth, we have taken major, critical steps to stop the spread of COVID- 19. I have declared a state of emergency, closed K-12 schools across the state, restricted visitors at nursing homes and correctional facilities, limited state employee travel, and canceled large events."
“This is a public health crisis—we must all treat it as such," Northam said. " ... Take basic health precautions, avoid large gatherings, telework if possible, and stay home if you are sick. That will stop the virus from spreading."
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 41 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia.
Loudoun County has three presumptive positive cases.