Anne “Bobs” Bass Dodd

August 20, 1920 - August 5, 2020

Anne “Bobs” Bass Dodd, 99, passed away on August 5, 2020. Mrs. Dodd was the daughter of the late Maude Beaty Bass and Mack G. Bass, Sr. of Wilson, NC. She survived her husband of 59 years, Felix V. Dodd, her grandson, Paul N. Masters, and great-grandson, Barry T. Lamm.

She died peacefully attended by her daughter, Linda. Mrs. Dodd died in her own bedroom at the home of David and Linda Chandler where she had resided over four years.

Before she married “Bobs” Bass was born and raised in Wilson, NC., and graduated from Charles L. Coon High School in 1937. She went to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, NC., where she met her future husband. She then attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

On February 29, 1940, she exchanged vows at the First United Methodist Church in Wilson, NC., with the love of her life, Felix V. Dodd. “Bobs” and Felix enjoyed traveling and liked playing golf. No one was more surprised than “Bobs” when during a woman’s tournament, she got a hole-in-one. She also enjoyed traveling overseas to many different countries with family and friends.

Mrs. Dodd leaves behind three daughters: Julia D Masters (Edwin P.), Linda D. Chandler (David W.), Martha Dodd – Slippy (Thomas). She has three grandchildren: Lori Lamm, Travis Masters, and Anne Barmer. Mrs. Dodd had seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dodd was a member of several clubs and organizations in the community as well as an active member of the Main Street United Methodist Church. She belongs to the UDC and DAR as was her mother. Reading was a hobby of hers, and for many years she taught American Red Cross First Aid. In Lieu of flower donations in the memory of Anne B. Dodd to be given to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be made at www.echolsFuneralhome.com


Pino's Pizza Explosion Injures Three

An explosion at Pino's Pizza in the early evening hours of Wednesday, August 5 sent three employees to VCU Medical Center, one with reported second or third-degree burns.

The explosion, which is still under investigation, blew out ceiling tiles in the West Atlantic Street eatery and in the Convenience Store next door.

According to published reports, fire officials believe that the explosion may have been caused by a propane tank.

Brent Elliott Watkins

June 9, 1982-August 3, 2020

Brent Elliott Watkins passed away Monday, August 3, 2020. He is survived by his fiancée, Ashley Townsend; son, Brent “Boo” Watkins, Jr., daughter, Haylee Watkins; his mother, Barbara Britt; two sisters, Rebecca Allen Moore and April Watkins; brother, Charles R. Allen; nephews, Steven Allen, Raymond Cottrell and Gavin Allen and niece, Layla Allen.

The family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

Governor Northam Launches COVIDWISE Exposure Notification App to Help Contain COVID-19

Virginia is first-in-the-nation to use Apple-Google Bluetooth framework to protect personal privacy

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the launch of COVIDWISE, an innovative exposure notification app that will alert users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state in the country to design a COVID-19 app using Bluetooth Low Energy technology developed by Apple and Google, which does not rely on personal information or location data. Users opt-in to download and utilize the free app.

“We must continue to fight COVID-19 from every possible angle,” said Governor Northam. “The COVIDWISE exposure notification app gives you an additional tool to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community, while maintaining your personal privacy. I encourage all Virginians to download and use this app, so we can work together to contain this virus.”

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed COVIDWISE in partnership with Spring ML using funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The free app is available to download through the App Store and the Google Play Store. COVIDWISE is the only app in Virginia allowed to use the exposure notifications system (ENS) application programming interface (API) jointly created by Apple and Google. Other countries, including Ireland and Germany, have successfully used this technology in similar apps.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to be identified across the Commonwealth, it is important for people to know whether they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the disease,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA. “COVIDWISE will notify you if you’ve likely been exposed to another app user who anonymously shared a positive COVID-19 test result. Knowing your exposure history allows you to self-quarantine effectively, seek timely medical attention, and reduce potential exposure risk. The more Virginians use COVIDWISE, the greater the likelihood that you will receive timely exposure notifications that lead to effective disease prevention.”

COVIDWISE works by using random Bluetooth keys that change every 10 to 20 minutes. iOS and Android devices that have the app installed will anonymously share these random keys if they are within close proximity for at least 15 minutes. Each day, the device downloads a list of all random keys associated with positive COVID-19 results submitted by other app users and checks them against the list of random keys it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there is a match, COVIDWISE may notify the individual, taking into account the date and duration of exposure, and the Bluetooth signal strength which is used to estimate proximity. 

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be notified by a VDH case investigator and will be given a unique numeric code. This code is entered into the app by the user and serves as verification of a positive report. Others who have downloaded COVIDWISE and have been in close proximity to the individual who reported as being positive will receive a notice which reads, “You have likely been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is your alert to get tested.

The notice includes the estimated number of days since the exposure and provides several options for taking further action, including contacting a primary care physician or local health department, monitoring symptoms, and finding nearby test locations. The Virtual VDH tab within the app also provides links to online resources and relevant phone numbers.

Anyone who downloads the app has the option to choose to receive exposure notifications, and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to share their result anonymously through COVIDWISE. No location data or personal information is ever collected, stored, tracked, or transmitted to VDH as part of the app. Users have the ability to delete the app or turn off exposure notifications at any time.

Widespread use is critical to the success of this effort, and VDH is launching a robust, statewide public information campaign to make sure Virginians are aware of the COVIDWISE app, its privacy protection features, and how it can be used to support public health and help reduce the spread of the virus.

To learn more about COVIDWISE and the download the app, visit www.covidwise.org.

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