Roanoke City Council: lowest testing rate in the Commonwealth


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Mayor Sherman Lea said Roanoke has the lowest testing rate in the state, despite having positive test numbers in the triple digits.

During a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon, Roanoke city officials said their testing resources are limited.

Although about 200 contract tracers are expected, Mayor Lea said in his opinion more tests are needed before Phase II begins.

He said he and several council members have sent letters to officials on the state and federal level demanding assistance.

The Mayor went on to discuss the $12 million increase in revenue for the 2020 approved budget. He said now there has been a recommendation that nearly $300 million dollars be invested into the community with no tax increase or fees for the public.

He said that funding would go towards COVID-19 relief for residents and businesses. The money he said would come from cuts to other areas of the budget. He suggested cutting back on library hours, vehicle purchases, and filling vacant positions.

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