As COVID cases climb, many NRV community members say they are ‘not’ going home for Christmas


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, many people in the New River Valley say it is best to stay away from their families this holiday season.

A number of community members told WFXR News they are taking heed of what health officials are reporting about the omicron variant.

Virginia Tech student Alonda Johnson says that she typically would go back home to Newport News to celebrate with her family. However, this year, she plans to scale back her plans and stay with her college friends.

“This year, just because my grandparents will be a part of the celebration [and] my two sisters had babies, so we do not want to put anyone at risk this season,” said Johnson. “We did the same thing last year. We just didn’t want to harm anyone.”

Other people echoed the same concern.

“Cleary COVID. We really don’t want to be complacent. More people have died in 2021 and 2020. We want to stay mindful of that. We don’t want to get it, but we also don’t want to spread it,” said Christina Macintyre, a resident of Blacksburg.

According to Macintyre, she would usually drive down to Tennessee to see her family and visit the breweries.

WFXR News did speak with some people, though, who say they are not concerned about the coronavirus and are going to follow through on their holiday plans.

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