Monday, July 4, 2022

Hampton reports first coronavirus death

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unspalsh)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unspalsh)

A Hampton man in his 60s with underlying health conditions who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has died.

“The Hampton Health Department is saddened to announce the first COVID-19 related death in Hampton,” said Hampton Health acting Director Dr. Steve Julian. “This is a sad day and our hearts go out to his family and friends. The Hampton Health Department is investigating how he may have been exposed to the virus and we urge our community to continue to follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health to keep COVID-19 from spreading.”

This appears to be a case of community spread, Julian said.

No other information was released.

As of Saturday, James City County has 111 cases, Newport News has 48, Hampton has 39, York County has 19, Williamsburg has 10 and Poquoson has 3, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

There are 2,407 positive cases and 52 deaths statewide. At least eight people from the Peninsula Health District.

The Peninsula Health District covers Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County. The Hampton Health District covers Hampton.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) 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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