BRHD to hold town hall on updates to COVID-19 guidelines
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People who would like to learn more about new COVID-19-related guidelines can attend a virtual town hall next week.
The Blue Ridge Health District will host the town hall on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine.
According to BRHD, these changes were based on recent COVID-19 data which shows that most transmission of the virus takes place earlier in infection, usually within the first one to two days before symptoms appear and about two to three days after they appear.
The release adds that people who have tested positive for the virus can still be contagious for up to 10 days after their symptoms appeared or they tested positive, in asymptomatic cases.
BRHD says it has been getting questions regarding the implementation of safety protocols and compliance with mask requirements.
The region is also seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, with BRHD reporting on Thursday that it is seeing a record number of positive cases.
As of Dec. 30, the positivity rate for the district was 13.3 percent.
At this time, BRHD says area children can still return to school when classes resume in the new year and the district is recommending that schools and day cares continue their current quarantine and isolation protocols.
The health district says it will reassess the situation as newer information becomes available.
More information about participating in the town hall is expected to be released in the coming days.