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VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill said Monday it has taken in its first COVID-19 patient for treatment. / March 23, 2020
Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year and local businesses must either close or limit the number of patrons under new rules announced by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday.

The previously ordered two-week school closure was set to end at the end of this week.

The governor said the new rules will take effect Tuesday at midnight and remain in place for 30 days.

Restaurants are banned from offering dine-in services but can provide carry-out, curb-side or delivery meals.

All entertainment venues such as movie theatres, bowling alleys, and fitness clubs as well as personal services such as barbershops, hair salons, and tattoo parlors must close.

All non-essential retail shops can remain open, but they must limit the number of patrons in the store to 10 or fewer at any one time.

Also Monday, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill confirmed that it is treating its first confirmed COVID-19 inpatient.

“We are working closely with VDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to manage the care of patients with this virus. Our top priority continues to be ensuring that our medical center remains safe for all patients, team members, and visitors,” according to a news release issued by the hospital on Monday afternoon.

“We have been preparing for potential COVID-19 patients since the earliest reports of this global pandemic. Our team is well-prepared to handle this evolving situation, including meeting the needs of all our patients without compromising the care of anyone else coming to VCU Health CMH for other reasons.”

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has been screening patients upon their arrival to identify potential COVID-19 cases and manage their care. The screening process involves asking questions to see whether patient symptoms fit the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

A case of coronavirus was reported Friday in Mecklenburg County. As of Monday, there were 254 persons tested positive for the disease, including the Mecklenburg man, reported by health officials to be in his mid-50s. Six deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus in Virginia and 38 people have been hospitalized, according to the VDH update on Monday.

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