Danville mayor urges citizens to follow VDH guidelines after reports of widespread community to community transmission


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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — In response to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Virginia, Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones urges residents stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing during essential trips.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) now reports widespread community transmission of COVID-19. This means the virus spread in communities across Virginia, and as additional cases are identified each day, we must take extra precautions to prevent it from spreading.

“I strongly encourage our citizens to follow the advice of our public health officials . . . It is critically important that each of us do what we can to slow the spread of this terrible disease. For the sake of our health workers and the most vulnerable parts of our community, I am urging everyone to follow social distancing guidelines strictly.”

Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones

The VDH says there is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they don’t show symptoms or before their symptoms start. Although, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that people are most contagious when they have symptoms.

The CDC ask that people avoid public spaces, public activities and group gatherings. If you must use public transportation, such as buses, trains, taxis or ride shares, maintain a safe distance from others, avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands.

“Now that COVID-19 is spreading in our communities and cases are confirmed in every health district in Virginia, it is increasingly urgent to practice these precautions . . . This is the most effective way to protect yourself, those around you and those that will be around you tomorrow and in the days to come. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is everywhere, and we should all understand there is no safeplace; there is only safe behavior.”

Scott Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director, Pittsylvania-Danville Health District

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