The 18 new cases is the largest daily increase in the area and the largest to date by the county so far in the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The major leap in cases, along with increased hospitalizations and deaths may bring new restrictions right when public schools start opening.
Most of those increases came in states that began relaxing restrictions. One of the hardest-hit states is North Carolina, our neighbor just South and infections are rising in Southwestern Virginia.
As rules relax, some ignore warnings to use protection and risks increase. Infections are going back up.
Floyd’s Small Town Summer kicks off Thursday in Warren G. Lineberry Park on South Locust Street, starting at 6 PM.