Dinwiddie leaders urge ‘calm, practice prevention’ as COVID-19 concerns grow

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 13, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – Following the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency Thursday and President Trump’s national emergency proclamation as the number of coronavirus, or COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Dinwiddie leaders have urged residents to remain calm, while stressing no cases have been confirmed in the county’s health region.

In a statement, the county said, through discussions with Dr. Alton Hart, Jr., Health Director of the Crater Health District/Virginia Department of Health, “At this time, there are no confirmed cases in the Crater Health District, which includes Dinwiddie County,” as of Friday afternoon.

The number of presumptive or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Virginia nearly doubled overnight as health officials reported 30 cases of the disease, with ten hospitalizations in the latest update Friday.

James City, Fairfax, and Arlington Counties combine for 17 of the 30 confirmed cases, with three cases in Loudoun County.

From there, the Virginia Department of Health reported a pair of cases in Virginia Beach and Prince William County, and single cases in Fredericksburg, Prince Edward, Hanover, Harrisonburg, and Alexandria.

There have been no fatalities from COVID-19 as of Friday’s reporting from state health officials.

“The health and well-being of our citizens and employees is of the utmost importance,” Dinwiddie Supervisors Chair Daniel Lee said Friday. “Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation closely and developing strategies to address issues as they occur.”

“We have compiled a list of resources on the County website that will be helpful to citizens who have questions regarding Coronavirus,” County Administrator Massengill said Friday.

The county said updates will be posted to their website, Facebook and Twitter pages, as they are available. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local health department at 804-469-3771 with specific questions and/or concerns.

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Information about COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/. Also, consult www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus for the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has also activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

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