2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Charlottesville-Albemarle
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Charlottesville-Albemarle is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome. The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 
The first case in Virginia was announced by the Virginia Department of Health announced on March 8, 2020; a Fairfax Health District resident tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. Health officials say the case was exposed through travel. 
The Virginia Department of Health’s Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) made an announcement on Monday, March 16, 2020 of the first coronavirus case reported in Charlottesville. A Charlottesville resident tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It believes the woman likely caught the virus while travelling to an area on the west coast, where the virus is more wide-spread.
This is the first pandemic known to be caused by a new coronavirus. In the past century, there have been four pandemics caused by the emergence of new influenza viruses.
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