WATCH: Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts coronavirus virtual news conference


UPDATE 1:01 P.M.: Wednesday, September 16, marks six months since the first case of coronavirus in the Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts, Dr. Molly O’Dell said Tuesday. The regional burden from COVID-19 is high and transmission is still substantial, she added.

There are currently 10 active outbreaks and seven hospitalizations in the two districts, O’Dell said. Of the outbreaks, two are long-term care facilities, one is a restaurant, one “religious community,” four businesses, one “institute of higher education,” and one congregant living community.

There have been 41 deaths in the districts.

Seventeen percent of all positive cases are in the Latinx population, O’Dell said, a disproportionately high number compared to other races, though the positive rates are dropping.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Molly O’Dell with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts will host a virtual news conference at 11 a.m.

The news conference will provide an update on coronavirus in the Roanoke region.

Watch live here on and the WFXR News app live at 11 a.m.

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