Mount Rogers Health District announces 3 COVID-19 deaths in the last week, bringing the total number to 4


MARION, Va. (WFXR) – The Mount Rogers Health District announced three new coronavirus deaths over the past week, bringing the total number to four in the district.

“We are deeply saddened by these tragic losses and send our condolences to the families,” said Dr. Karen Shelton, director of the Mount Rogers Health District.

Health officials are not releasing any more information at this time to respect the families’ privacy. The Mount Rogers Health District says it will no longer provide details of individual case updates.

The District also reminds Virginians that the transmission is widespread among communities, specifically in its service area of Washington, Wythe, and Smyth counties. It shared the following reminders:

  • Stay home as much as possible, except for essential travel;
  • If you must go out in public, wear a cloth face covering;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Avoid contact with sick people;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor;
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public; and
  • Avoid close contact with crowds of any size, and avoid any crowd of more than 10 people.

“Community transmission indicates that you can get COVID-19 from anywhere within the community; you don’t have to travel or know a person with the disease in order to get it. This means everyone should stay home and only go out for essential needs as rarely as possible . . . Southwest Virginia is not immune to COVID-19. If you have to go out for critical things like grocery shopping or medical care, wear a cloth face covering and stay at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands and clean surfaces often. These personal precautions apply to all of us – stay home!”

Karen Shelton MD, Director, Mount Rogers Health District

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