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Coronavirus Digital Special Report: Roanoke virtual press conference and possible changes to Virginia elections

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia has a total of 3,645 corornavirus cases with 615 hospitalized and 75 dead across the Commonwealth.

Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of communicable disease for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, says there are 119 cases for all of southwest Virginia, which she said is basically from Lynchburg to the west. Of those, she said 27 have been hospitalized in southwest Virginia.

Locally, Botetourt County and Lynchburg have the highest number of cases at 20 each.

O’Dell said she wants to see faster COVID-19 tests, which were expected weeks ago.

“What we want is same-day testing,” she told reporters. “That’s what we would like to do and offer for a wider group of individuals. … To Date, we have not been able to get those.”

Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a stay-at-home order for all Virginians, as have most of the nation’s governors. The economic impact has left many struggling to make ends meet.

A Moody’s Analytics report over the weekend said the economy shrank 29% at the beginning of this month compared to the week before.

Watch today’s full “Coronavirus: Digital Special Report” above. The digital show includes a press conference with Roanoke city leaders.

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