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South Boston News / March 23, 2020

Public health officials are now reporting three patients infected by the novel coronavirus in localities bordering Halifax County.

On Sunday, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District confirmed that a Danville man in his 40s has tested positive for the virus and is being treated in isolation at Sovah Health-Danville Hospital. He has been hospitalized after coming in contact with a COVID-19 patient elsewhere in Virginia, according to the state health department.

On Friday, the Southside Health District reported that a Mecklenburg man in his 50s also has contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That individual is isolated at home and monitoring his health. The health department is releasing no further information on the individual, citing the need to protect patient privacy.

In Granville County, N.C., the Granville-Vance Public Health Department has confirmed that a person there has tested positive. The person is isolated at home, said local public health director Lisa Harrison, who added that authorities are keeping in touch with the person involved. She declined to provide further details.

The growing number of cases in Virginia and North Carolina is clear evidence of “community spread,” when infections can no longer be pinpointed to specific contacts among persons known to carry the virus. Officials are urging people not to go out in public when possible, and take other preventative measures — such as frequent hand washing and social distancing — when they do.

Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones said he was saddened to learn of the spread of the coronavirus to the Danville area, but not surprised by the news. “We knew it was just a matter of time before there would be a confirmed case in our area,” Jones said. “This brings home the importance of practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and disinfecting high traffic areas.”

On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health updated its tracking website to report 219 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Going back 14 days to Mar. 9, the number of cases in Virginia stood at two.

Six people are known to have died from COVID-19 in Virginia. Three more deaths were announced late Sunday, involving residents of Virginia’s Eastern Peninsula. Over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases in Virginia leaped from 152 on Saturday to 219 on Sunday, a 44 percent increase in one day. The VDH tally through Sunday did not include the positive test result in Danville.

Across Virginia, 3,337 people have been tested for the virus, and 32 persons have been hospitalized, according to Sunday’s update by VDH.

After being centered largely in the Northern Virginia and Eastern Peninsula areas, coronavirus has spread to Rocky Mount, Botetourt and other western Virginia localities.

On Sunday morning, the North Carolina health department updated its reporting to show 255 cases in the state, with no deaths.

North Carolina has carried out 6,438 patient tests, according to the state health department.

At a press conference Sunday morning, Gov. Ralph Northam urged Virginians to step up preventive efforts to slow the spread of the disease, telling people to work from home whenever possible and be diligent about washing hands and keeping distance from others.

Northam also said the crisis would stretch for months, not weeks, but declined to order additional restrictions on individual movement. Other states this week have set curfews and travel restrictions for all except for workers in essential industries.

Northam also promised an announcement on Monday on the status of the school year in Virginia. It is likely that Virginia will drop this year’s SOL testing after receiving a favorable response to its request for a testing waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Ok so they closed the park...Now Timberland Resturant is still going strong. The parking lot is full unless the ten people in that place are driving two cars.

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