WATCH: Dr. Molly O’Dell to give COVID-19 update for Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are finally seeing relief in coronavirus cases after a steady increase since April, said Dr. Molly O’Dell, the director of communicable disease control for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. There is now a total of 2,106 COVID-19 cases in the health districts with 223 active cases, 14 new cases, 18 hospitalizations, and 31 deaths as of Tuesday, August 4.

As for the breakdown of cases between localities, Dr. O’Dell offered the following data, which may differ from that reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)’s daily coronavirus dashboard due to a lag time between local and state reporting:

  • 195 confirmed cases in Botetourt County;
  • 17 confirmed cases in Covington;
  • 19 confirmed cases in Craig County;
  • 549 confirmed cases in Roanoke County; and
  • 1,122 confirmed cases in Roanoke City.

In addition, O’Dell said there are 22 cases from unknown localities.

However, she said the source of the virus is not unknown. She says these cases are either the contacts of cases related to infected families or related to the following 7 outbreaks:

  • Three long-term care facilities;
  • Two businesses;
  • One healthcare facility;
  • One congregate living; and
  • One related to a funeral.

Based on the seven day average, Dr. O’Dell classifies the Southwest region’s transmission rate as moderate. Rather than having a “sustained community transmission”, as was the case with last week’s numbers.

In addition, Dr. O’Dell mentioned that there are no longer quarantine recommendations in place for people who have traveled to Horry County, South Carolina. After over 200 cases linked to Myrtle Beach, she says those cases have been monitored and there has not been a new case from that area over the course of two incubation periods.

Dr. O’Dell continued to stress the importance of wearing a mask, but notes that it is not a single solution, and must be paired with social distancing and sanitizing.

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