First Danville case of COVID-19 confirmed, officials say

Sovah Health says on Sunday that a patient in Danville tested positive


The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District announced Sunday morning that it has its first case of COVID-19.

Officials said in a statement that the patient is a man in his 40s who is currently hospitalized. He caught the virus after being exposed to a known positive COVID-19 case elsewhere in Virginia, officials say.

The person is a resident of the health district, officials said.

The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District is comprised of Pittsylvania County and the city of Danville.

“The Virginia Department of Health and our health care partners are working day and night to identify cases of COVID-19 in our communities and across the Commonwealth,” said Scott Spillmann, the director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. “With each confirmed case, we identify potential contacts, assess their risk of exposure and recommend appropriate public health and medical measures.”

Update, 11:53 a.m. Sunday:

Sovah Health said in a statement on its website Sunday morning that it can confirm that a patient at its Danville campus has tested positive for COVID-19. That patient is in isolation at Sovah Health - Danville.

10 News has not yet confirmed that the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District patient is the same patient that is at the Sovah Health facility.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District and the Virginia Department of Health and following guidance from the CDC to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams who have been caring for this patient and all those within our facility,” the statement said. “Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.”

Beginning immediately, no visitors will be allowed at both Sovah Health locations.

“Exceptions to this visitor protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care,” the statement said. “We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.”

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Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones made a statement on the case, saying he was saddened, but not surprised when he heard the news.

“We knew it was just a matter of time before there would be a confirmed case in our area,” Jones said. “This brings home the importance of practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, and disinfecting high traffic areas.”

Bob Warren the chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, released the following statement:

“Pittsylvania County is disheartened to hear of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Danville. We ask our community to continue to be vigilant in social distancing, hand-washing and sanitation.”