Posted: July 29, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
By Terry Harris
In a week in which the total U.S. case count for COVID-19 surpassed four million on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in Sussex County was reported at an alarming 259.
Surry County, which previously had been holding steady with very low numbers of cases, showed an increase of more than 50 percent in less than a week, with the county’s reported total number of positive cases on Saturday at 33, according to the CDC.
Local sources confirm that the entire Hampton Roads area has experienced an alarming increase in the number of Coronavirus cases with a rate of spread double that of the rest of the State of Virginia.
“Non-compliance is one of the main reasons we have seen a troubling increase in #COVID19 cases in Hampton Roads,” Governor Northam tweeted. “Now is not the time to let our guard down—take this seriously.”
On Saturday, the Virginia Department of Health reported that there had now been 83,609 positive COVID-19 tests throughout the state, and the Virginia.gov website warned that, in spite of the recent loosening of some restrictions, all Virginians “must continue to comply with the statewide face covering requirement in indoor public spaces.”
It further urged all Virginians to “continue teleworking if possible, wash hands regularly maintain six feet of physical distance when outside of home and get tested immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms.”
Also on Saturday, Gov. Ralph Northam indicated that he “will be watching public health data as cases in the commonwealth increase. “
“Wear a mask and practice physical distancing so we don’t have to move back,” Governor Northam tweeted on Saturday, adding, “Be smart and stay safe.”
An extensive list of COVID-19 related documents and information guides from the CDC is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance-list.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc