Health concerns about COVID-19 prompt cancellations, postponements

Published 1:55 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Concerns for public health in regard to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have already prompted cancellations or postponements of public events and even classes at Camp Community College.

• Down Home Day, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, has already been cancelled. Anne Bryant, coordinator, said this has been done to help prevent the spread of the virus.

• The Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc.’s upcoming seventh annual Partners in Progress that was planned for Tuesday, March 17, has been put on hold. Ashley Covington, the agency’s Marketing and Existing Busines Manager, announced the postponement, and added, “The health and safety of the citizens near and far are our top priorities and we do not want to take any unnecessary risk. We appreciate your patience and understanding and will keep everyone posted on a future date for the event, if we are able. If you have already submitted your payment, we will be processing refunds in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please let us know.”

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• Teresa Beale, executive director of Franklin Southampton Chamber of Commerce, stated on Friday afternoon that the Eggs and Issues event that’s scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been postponed, but there will be an attempt to reschedule it.

• Dr. Dan Lufkin, president of Camp Community College, announced that beginning on Friday, March 13, all college sites will be closed to students and visitors until Friday, April. All classes are going to be carried out remotely starting on Wednesday, March 18.

• Donna Pope of the Blackwater Regional Library system also announced that day, “ALL programs and meeting room use are suspended beginning March 16 through March 28.”

If you have a postponement or cancellation of an event or meeting, contact The Tidewater News via email at and we’ll post online and Facebook.