World Health Organization

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following.

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U.S. Food & Drug Administration

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, we look to the helpers all around us and wonder if we, too, could do more. Here are some ways you and your family can help.

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Message from Virginia Department of Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 04/17/2020
COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise domestically and internationally, but the rate of rise has declined and looks like it’s stabilizing in our country and elsewhere. Hospitalization rates and death rates are also declining. The pandemic curves are flattening. We have prevented our health care system from being overwhelmed – currently in Virginia there are more than enough hospital beds available and only 22% of available ventilators are in use across the state. It does not look like we have reached peak case numbers in Virginia yet. There are still substantial numbers of new cases every day, the virus is still out there and the situation remains very dangerous.

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Symptoms Of CoronaVirus Disease 2019-ASL

Cases of COVID-19 are surging in Virginia. We need everyone’s help to stop the spread. On March 30, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay at home Executive Order Fifty-Three. VDH urges all Virginians should stay home and practice social distancing. If you have to go out, stay 6 feet away from others. Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings. Do not take public transportation such as buses, trains, taxis, or ride-shares, if possible. Put distance between yourself and others if you are sick. Call ahead before seeking medical care.

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Message from your Bay Aging

Helping Neighbors is an exciting new community program! During this coronavirus pandemic, Helping Neighbors will match people in your community who want to voluteer to help their neighbors with groceries, errands, or even resaurant meals at no charge.

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Message from the Three Rivers Health Department

The COVID-19 pandemic curve continues to rise domestically and internationally, but social distancing is having a positive effect. Italy, Spain, and the United States are all reporting fewer cases on a daily basis. In the US, according to the University of Washington’s IHME model, projections of peak medical resource use and overall deaths have improved. The IHME model projects our national peak in hospital resource use on 11 April, with substantial deficits in hospital and ICU beds still projected. Those curves are projected to decline significantly through May to early June. This assumes we continue social distancing measures. Deaths in the United States through August 2020 are projected to be about 60,400.

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Middlesex County Confirms “First and Second Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019

Middlesex County Confirms “First and Second Positive” Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Saluda, Va.) – Middlesex County announced that a couple in their 70s tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at VCU. This marks the first time Middlesex County had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The possibility of community spread is being investigated. “We continue to stress that it is very important that the community remain calm and follow the guidance from the CDC and Health Department” said County Administrator, Matt Walker, “Following the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and practicing Social Distancing give us the greatest chance of slowing the spread of the virus” “Given the nature of the current outbreak, discovering COVID-19 in our community does not come as a surprise and we expect to see more cases in the coming weeks” said Three Rivers Health District Director Dr. Richard Williams. “The Public Health Department is in close communication with the family and health professionals involved, and is conducting a thorough investigation of potential exposures.” The health department continues to conduct surveillance and investigation of any future potential cases. This is a continually evolving situation in Virginia and nationwide, and Middlesex County Government will continue to keep people informed.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Middlesex County Offices are closed to the public, but employees are still trying to perform regular County business while also responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please continue to watch this web-site and the Middlesex County, Virginia Facebook page for the latest information and how County government operations and services are being impacted. The Board of Supervisors supports the Governor’s Executive Orders, including those regarding travel and the recent Stay at Home Order and STRONGLY encourages EVERYONE to follow these orders and STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. This includes those wishing to travel to visit or stay overnight outside their residence, as this would be considered discretionary travel and a violation of the Governor’s Orders.

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Message from the Three Rivers Health Department

Richard Williams, MD MPH, Three Rivers Health District Director The COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate domestically and worldwide. The US is leading in case counts now, due to disease spread and the fact that we are finding more cases with increased testing capacity. World mortality rate is about 5%. Our overall mortality rate in the US thus far is about 2.5 %. Italy, where the health care system has been overwhelmed, has about a 12% mortality rate. In Virginia our mortality rate is less than 2%. US Hospitalization data are confirming age and underlying conditions as risk factors for severe disease, with diabetes, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease most commonly reported. There are many younger folks hospitalized with more serious disease, though. Locally we have 18 cases in the Three Rivers Health District thus far, with no deaths.

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Governor Northam’s Executive Order directing Virginians to stay at home EO-55

All individuals in Virginia shall remain at their place of residence, except as provided below by this Order and Executive Order 53. To the extent individuals use shared or outdoor spaces, whether on land or on water, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members or caretakers. Individuals may leave their residences for the purpose of:

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Dispensing of Homemade Masks

Three Rivers Health District and Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps in an effort to support our communities would like to invite any and all makers that wish to donate homemade masks to contact Johanna Hardesty at Middlesex County Health Department, 804-758-2381 X 14. Three Rivers Health District provides support to Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck and has dedicated volunteers willing to help distribute mask to those most in need. Once contacted we will coordinate pickup/drop off of donations. Questions can be sent to Johanna at johanna.hardesty@gmail.com

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Three Rivers Facilities Update

Beginning 3/27/20 your local health department will grant access to facilities by appointment only. Each office will be staffed and providing support to clients & COVID-19 response, however if you require access to the facility you will need to call ahead and make an appointment. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. -- Matt Carpentier Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Three Rivers Health District Virginia Department of Health 2780 General Puller Hwy Saluda, VA 23149 Phone: 804.758.2381 Fax: 804.758.4828

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Virginia Department of Health

Cases of COVID-19 are surging in Virginia. We need everyone’s help to stop the spread. On March 30, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay at home Executive Order Fifty-Three. VDH urges all Virginians should stay home and practice social distancing. If you have to go out, stay 6 feet away from others. Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings. Do not take public transportation such as buses, trains, taxis, or ride-shares, if possible. Put distance between yourself and others if you are sick. Call ahead before seeking medical care.

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Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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