Halifax County fire department cancels October fundraiser due to rise in coronavirus cases

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Image)

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Image)

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Citing a rise in active coronavirus cases in the area and an abundance of caution, a volunteer fire department in Halifax County decided to cancel a breakfast fundraiser that was scheduled for October.

The Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department announced the cancellation on Tuesday, Sept. 22, describing the event as not just a fundraiser, but also an opportunity for members of the community who do not get to see each other regularly.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported a total of 332 cases, 11 hospitalizations, and six virus-related deaths from Halifax County.

“It is imperative that we consider the safety of our community and our members when making this decision. Unfortunately, at this time, that safety cannot be guaranteed by proceeding with this fundraiser,” the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department stated in Tuesday’s Facebook post. “We will reevaluate conditions monthly and look very forward to having this event in the near future.”

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