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Editorial: Listen to the doctor

During the long dreary months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a consistent source of good information and advice has been Dr. Richard Williams, director of the Three Rivers Health District.

Here is his advice. We would do well to pay attention.

Wear masks, practice social distancing, limit the size of crowds, and avoid spending time in crowds. “These measures are our primary defense against new infections,” he said.

In the first months, local COVID-19 caseloads stayed relatively steady. Now, the case totals in Gloucester and Mathews have grown rapidly, and the pandemic has taken lives across our region and our state. No one is immune, as the infections of President Trump and Governor Northam make plain.

The first few months brought fear, confusion, and a sense of novelty to the communities. No one really knew what to do; everyone hoped it would be quick; some resisted public health orders and advice. We laughed at each other’s masks and tried the recipes posted online.

Here w...

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