May 7, 2009
State health officials say the H1N1 swine flu is sweeping across Virginia. The confirmed number of cases in the Commonwealth now stands at 11.
State health officials say the biggest concentration of cases is at Washington & Lee University where 7 students tested positive for the virus. None of those students had to be hospitalized and all of them have already recovered or are on the way to being healthy again. Officials say all the cases they have seen across the state so far have been mild. The other cases popped up in the Chesterfield Health District, the Three Rivers District which covers the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, and Norfolk. UVa officials say because so many college students became infected they are now keeping a close eye on the situation. But, they're not worried yet.
Turn around time to find out if people here in Virginia have the H1N1 swine flu was significantly cut down this week when state officials began doing their own tests with kits from the CDC. Now it takes only hours to get results back. Before state health officials got the kits it took 2 days or more to get results back from the CDC in Atlanta.