Mount Rogers Health District reports first COVID-19 related fatality
The first COVID-19 death in our region has been reported out of Southwest Virginia.
Officials with the Mount Rogers Health District confirmed on Sunday afternoon, that a man in his 80’s diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away.
“Sadly, we have experienced our first local COVID-19-related fatality. We send our sincere condolences to this person’s family, said Karen Shelton, M.D., director of the Mount Rogers Health District. Unfortunately those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19, said Dr. Shelton. Everyone, especially at-risk individuals, are strongly advised to take steps to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.”
To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:
·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 crowds of more than 10 people.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Health reports 890 cases, 112 hospitalizations, and 22 deaths. Locally, state health officials report the following cases in Southwest Virginia:
Bristol City- 1
Lee County- 2
Tazewell County- 1 (Cumberland Plateau Health District officials reporting two cases of Tazewell County)
Washington County- 2
Wythe County- 1
Photo Courtesy: Mount Rogers Health District Logo via Virginia Department of Health website