A second Fairfax County resident has died from coronavirus (COVID-19), the Fairfax County Health Department announced Friday.
The man, who was not identified, was in his 60s. He caught coronavirus through travel, the county said in a press release.
Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director of Health for Fairfax County, expressed condolences to the man’s family and friends in a statement, and said his death and a slew of new cases in the county showed how important it is for residents to practice social distancing and take other precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“This most recent death, along with the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases we are seeing, is a reminder that we all need to be diligent in doing our part to help slow the spread of virus in the community,” Addo-Ayensu said. “Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands and avoid touching your face, and stay home when you are sick.”
The first Fairfax resident to die from coronavirus was announced last Saturday. At that time there were only 22 known coronavirus cases in the county, but in less than week’s time that number has increased to 124, with 44 new cases announced Friday.
The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that there are now 604 cases in Virginia, and 14 total deaths. Nationwide the U.S. now has more than 1,200 deaths from coronavirus.