Thursday, September 21, 2023

There’s yet another coronavirus death in the Peninsula

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Pixabay)

A woman who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Peninsula has died, the Virginia Department of Health said Sunday.

The woman, who was in her 80s, recently became ill and was admitted to a hospital, where she died, health officials said.

Her cause of death was respiratory failure. That’s the 8th coronavirus death in the Peninsula Health District.

The district covers Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

The other deaths in the state as of Sunday are: 2 in Henrico County Health District, 2 in Fairfax County Health Department, 1 in Pittsylvania-Danville Health District, 1 in Prince William Health District, 1 in Western Tidewater Health District, 1 in Loudoun County Health Department, 1 in the Virginia Beach Health District, 1 Alleghany Health District, 1 Crater Health District, 2 in Arlington Health District, 1 Mount Rogers Health District.

The Peninsula Health District has launched an investigation to identify the whereabouts of the woman’s close contacts.

This case is not included in the statewide COVID-19 positive case count Sunday on the VDH website.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones,” said Peninsula Acting Health Director Dr. Steve Julian. “This is another reminder of how important it is to follow the recommendations being provided to protect the elderly and those with underlying conditions. All of us have a responsibility to protect each other.”

As of Sunday, James City County has 70 positive cases of the coronavirus, Newport News has 17, York County has 9, Hampton has 7, Williamsburg has 7 and Poquoson has 2, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

There are now 890 positive cases of the coronavirus statewide.


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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