VDH: Mount Rogers Health District confirms new COVID-19 case in Bristol City resident


MARION, Va. (WFXR) -– The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced a new confirmed COVID-19 case in the Mount Rogers Health District on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Mount Rogers Health District — which covers the cities of Bristol and Galax as well as the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe — the patient is a Bristol City resident who contracted the illness during out-of-state travel. Health officials say the patient is self-isolating at home and there is no concern over community contact.

“We continue to see new cases of COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth, and it’s now in our area. This reminds us how very critical it is that people follow public health guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene,” says Dr. Karen Shelton, director of the Mount Rogers Health District. “Social distancing is one of the most effective strategies in limiting the spread of COVID-19, and lessening the impact of this pandemic.”

Dr. Shelton reminds residents to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 individuals. If you are 65 years or older, or if you have a serious chronic medical condition, you should seriously consider staying at home.

“We all have a responsibility and duty to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us,” says Dr. Shelton.

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