Arlington health officials announced the city's first two deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday.
One patient was 72 years old with chronic medical conditions, who had been ill with COVID-19 for a few weeks. The other patient was 60 years old with chronic medical conditions, identified with COVID-19 this past week.
Arlington has 84 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
“We are saddened by the deaths of two Arlington County residents related to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to their loved ones,” said Arlington Health District Director Dr. Reuben Varghese in a press release. “These deaths, along with the increasing numbers of coronavirus cases we are seeing in the region, are a reminder that we all must be vigilant to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus."
Health officials are encouraging people to take precautions that were previously advised. Social distancing and self-isolation are recommended to prevent the spread of the virus.
Correction: This story now states there are 84 confirmed cases in Arlington. It previously reported the 25 confirmed cases in Alexandria.