First Franklin resident diagnosed positive with COVID-19

Published 5:42 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

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A Franklin resident has been diagnosed as the first person in the city limits to test positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is according to Sgt. Scott Halverson, spokesman for both the City of Franklin and its police department.

“The patient took all necessary precautions to protect themselves and others once becoming symptomatic,” the officer stated. “The Health Department is in the process of conducting a contact investigation and will notify anyone who was in close contact with this individual.”

He added that the agency staff encourages everyone to continue to practice social distancing, good hand-washing practices and to cover your cough.

“Please continue to remain calm and implement best practices through guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health,” Halverson stated.