Free Drive-Thru Community Testing for
COVID-19 on June 4, 2020
Three Rivers Health District in conjunction with Middlesex and Mathews Counties, the Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is holding a drive-thru testing event to test for COVID-19. The event will be held on JUNE 4, 2020 from 10AM until 4 PM at the Middlesex County Health Department, 2780 General Puller Hwy. Saluda, VA. Testing is open to those over the age of 16.
We are in the office but are screening visitors to protect our clients and staffs’ safety due to COVID-19.
Please return to your vehicle and call us at 804.758.2381
We will arrange to meet you via appointment or to provide service by telephone or email.
If you have a fever or cough, please return home and visit us when you are well.
THREE RIVERS HEALTH DISTRICT is a 10 county Virginia Department of Health district for Virginia’s beautiful Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. This 2,000 square mile area is located between the waters of the Potomac, Rappahannock, and York Rivers and borders the Chesapeake Bay on the east. Our public health professionals serve a population of approximately 140,000, including 2 Native American reservations, 9 incorporated towns, and a large number of visitors.
Whether you are a resident here, just visiting the area, or thinking of relocating your family or business, I hope that you will take time to explore our website and Annual Report to see the many ways our health professionals keep our communities and shorelines healthy and safe. Building healthy communities is our mission.
Three Rivers Health District and the Virginia Department of Health are closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, China and reported in December 2019. Infections with COVID-19 are being reported in a growing number of countries across the world, and in an increasing number of locations in the United States. For the latest information and updates, please click here.
MESSAGE FROM OUR DISTRICT DIRECTOR:
The COVID-19 virus is present in our jurisdictions and community based transmission is occurring. I do not believe the current confirmed case counts reflect the true extent of disease in our communities. I am sure the number of people with COVID-19 at this time is much higher. This is because the virus causes a wide range of disease expression, from no symptoms, to mild bad cold symptoms, to severe pneumonia and death. Milder cases may never be tested, and those people may never isolate themselves. Also, the accuracy of the COVID-19 test is not known. A positive test can be relied upon to indicate disease. A negative test only means virus genetic material was not detected at the time of the test, it does not mean you do not have or will not get the disease.
The only chance we have of fighting this virus is to deny it the opportunity to spread person to person. It is imperative that we realize the virus in in our communities right now, and every time we go out, we risk getting the disease. We must immediately take the following steps:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- If you go out, practice strict social isolation. Stay 6 feet away from others, wash your hands frequently, sanitize surfaces you touch as best you can.
- If you get sick, stay home, contact your health care provider and follow their advice. Most cases of this disease will self-limit. If you become more ill, especially if you have difficulty breathing, seek health care immediately.
We still have a chance to limit the impact of this virus on our lives here in rural Virginia. If we fail to take this seriously, if we allow the virus more chances to spread, it will do so and more lives will be lost. Each of us has a duty to act right now to try to save our families, our neighbors, and ourselves.
Richard Williams MD MPH
Director, Three Rivers Health District
The Census determines how millions of dollars in federal funding will get distributed and we want the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck to get
all it deserves. For every person who does not take the Census, our area stands to lose $20,000 in federal funds over the next decade! Census Day is
April 1 st , be sure to fill yours out online. For more information contact www.2020census.gov.