COVID-19 case confirmed in Southside Health District

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 20, 2020 | 1:47 p.m.

Crater Health District continues to have no reported coronavirus cases, per state health officials

VIRGINIA – Friday, the Southside Health District of the Virginia Department of Health reported its first case of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 as statewide cases rise to over 110.

According to health officials, a Mecklenburg man in his 50s who had contact with someone in another part of the state who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 has now been isolated at home with his health being monitored. 

“The Virginia Department of Health, hospitals, and health care providers continue to work together to identify COVID-19 cases in the community and across the Commonwealth,” said Southside Health District Director Dr. Scott Spillmann. “The health district is investigating this case and will identify and reach out to any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

According to the latest numbers shared by the Virginia Department of Health Friday, 114 cases of COVID-19 have been reported out of over 2,300 people tested. 20 people have been hospitalized, up one from the previous day, with two deaths from the disease.

The Crater Health District, which encompasses the Tri-Cities, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Surry, Greensville, and Emporia, has not had any reported cases of COVID-19 as of Friday’s reporting.

As cases of the virus continue to climb in the midst of an active flu season, Bon Secours, owners of Petersburg’s Southside Regional Medical Center announced to localities the hospital has set up “designated flu clinics for members of the community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or body aches.”

That clinic is located at 50 B Medical Park Blvd in Petersburg and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Those with questions can call 804-765-6447.

To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

Information about COVID-19 is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites: or Also, consult the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health has also activated a public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions from residents about the novel coronavirus situation.

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