Ours Updates Commission On COVID-19 Surge

“I believe we are seeing a surge right now.”

William Ours, administrator of the Hardy County Health Department, addressed the Hardy County Commission at their meeting on Tuesday, May 5. 

“We have had six cases in six days,” Ours continued. “We have nine cases right now. Of those, three have recovered, four are quarantined at home and two are hospitalized – one at RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital) and one at NOVA (Northern Virginia) in Fairfax.”

Ours said some of the positive cases have contacts in Virginia, but one does not. “There is one case that hasn’t traveled, so we believe there are asymptomatic people in the community spreading the virus,” he said.

Asymptomatic people are those who test positive for the virus, but do not exhibit symptoms, such as fever, shortness of breath or cough.

“If you’re thinking of opening the courthouse, you need to be very careful.”

Commission President Harold Michael said they were considering opening the courthouse on Monday, June 1.

Ours recommended masks for employees and visitors, hand sanitizer at the entrance and keeping track of where people go within the courthouse.

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• The next meeting of the Hardy County Commission will be held on Tuesday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to be included on the agenda should call the County Clerk’s office at 304-530-0250. The public is invited to attend.