LETTER — County COVID-19 cases on the rise

Published 1:43 pm Thursday, September 17, 2020

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To The Editor:

While the number of COVID-19 cases in Charlotte County currently remains the lowest in the Piedmont Health District, the area has seen a significant increase in cases recently with more than 25 new cases reported in the last three weeks.

The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors would like to remind citizens and local businesses that it is important for everyone to continue to take the necessary precautions to slow the spread of the virus. 

Charlotte County, as a whole, is at a greater risk for severe complications of COVID-19. About 2,600 of Charlotte County’s citizens are age 65 or older. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported across the country are from this age group. Pre-existing medical conditions also raise an individual’s risk of hospitalization if contracting COVID-19. At least a third (33%) of Charlotte County’s citizens have a pre-existing medical condition. These factors make the impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak more significant for our community.

Staying informed of current developments and recommended actions is key to protecting the health of our community.  For up-to-date COVID-19 statistics, current requirements, and other related information, please visit the Virginia Department of Health website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.   

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, citizens are encouraged to continue social distancing measures, staying at least six feet away from others outside of their household, staying at home when possible and avoiding large gatherings.  To help protect others, wear a face mask over your mouth and nose in public buildings in accordance with current state requirements.  (Face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove the mask without help.)  Also, wash hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  If you have any signs or symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay at home and away from others unless you need to seek medical care.  By working together to slow the spread of the virus, we can ensure the best possible outcome for our entire community.

Daniel Witt

County Administrator