Thursday, September 21, 2023

York County reports 1st coronavirus case; James City County jumps to 10 positive cases

(WYDaily/Courtesy of CDC)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of CDC)

York County recorded its first coronavirus positive case Monday, according to the updated report from the Virginia Department of Health.

James City County has 10 as of Monday.

The first death in the state was in James City County — a man in his 70s who acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source. The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said VDH is still investigating the case of the man who died because it’s unclear where he came into contact with the virus.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday banned all events in the state with more than 100 people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more in nation be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials from James City County, Williamsburg, York County, Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson issued a joint statement Saturday night, urging Peninsula residents “to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. This includes church services, civic/social organization meetings, and public events and festivities.”


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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