Virginia reports 2nd death from coronavirus

Virginia reports 2nd death from coronavirus
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is confirming the second death of a person in the state due to coronavirus. (Source: CDC)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is confirming the second death of a person in the state due to coronavirus.

The Virginia Department of Health says a man in his 70s died of the virus after contracting it through an unknown source. Officials said the cause of death was respiratory failure due to the virus.

“It is a sad day in our community as we learn that a local resident has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” said Peninsula Health Department Acting Director Dr. Steve Julian, MD, MBA, FACS. “The Hampton/Peninsula Health District is working closely with our community healthcare partners to assure the best care in response to the Pandemic.”

On Saturday, health officials said a man in his 70s who died of respiratory failure after acquiring the virus through an unknown source. This death happened in James City County.

There are at least 51 cases across the state. Henrico officials have also confirmed a case in the county.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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