(March 23, 2020) VDH is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Southside Health District in a Mecklenburg resident in his 70s. To protect patient confidentiality, no further information will be provided about this patient and VDH does not provide specific informationon an investigation. For any case of communicable illness, VDH does "contact tracing."

We identify potential contacts, assess their risk of exposure and provide medical and public health measures for individuals and the community, as appropriate. Remember that the most effective means of protecting yourself and those around you are hand and surface hygiene, including washing your hands, social distancing (6 feet or more,avoiding close contact with groups (10 or more), avoiding touching your face, staying home if you're sick and avoiding others who are sick.

(NOTE: This case is not yet reflected in the VDH website dashboard at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus, which is updated daily with cases recorded by 5 p.m. the evening before.)