By Taylor Boyd
After missing two in-person Patrick County Board of Supervisors meetings, Brandon Simmons, of the Dan River District, addressed concerns about his lack of physical attendance.
Due to state regulations, it is not permitted for a person to sit on two different boards.
Because Simmons previously served on the Patrick County School Board, he was required to wait until after Jan. 1 for his school tenure to officially end before getting sworn in as a supervisor.
Simmons said shortly after the start of the new year, his wife and two of his children were confirmed to have COVID-19.
“So, I started quarantining January 3, and I couldn’t get sworn in that week. I couldn’t make that meeting as I wasn’t sworn in,” he said.
Although he since was sworn-in, “the Friday before the February 7 meeting, I checked positive for COVID. So, when I attended over Zoom I was sick as a dog but I attended (over Zoom) anyway,” he said.
Simmons added that all three of his children also tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m good now, I’ve had an infusion and all that stuff, and I’ve got my energy back. The old Brandon’s going to be there the Lord willing,” he said of the next supervisor meeting.