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A Message on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 from Delegate Keith Hodges

Throughout our district, we are all closely monitoring the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in step with the Virginia Department of Health.

Our top priority as friends and neighbors is to make sure people stay safe and healthy.

It is important that we all take precautions to safeguard ourselves and prevent the potential spread of this illness.

That is the goal at this time – preventing the spread of the illness, especially to our most vulnerable populations, like older adults and those who are chronically ill.

So what can you do?

Do what we have always done as rural Virginians. Be there and take care of each other.

First and foremost, don’t panic. All of the preventative measures that are being recommended right now are with the goal to keep people healthy and not overwhelm our medical system.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are sick, stay home.

When you can, avoid being in large groups of people.

Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands…and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash or sanitize your hands.

Contact your church and see if there is anything the congregation is doing to help people.

And, most importantly, be aware of what our community needs as we continue to work our way through this time.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me through

Together we are rural coastal Virginia strong. Together we will get through this.