COVID-19 survey details impact of pandemic on Roanoke Valley


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A regional survey on the effects of COVID-19 confirms that residents of the Roanoke Valley continue to face many challenges from the pandemic.

Some area communities and populations are being hit disproportionately hard and most respondents expressed an overwhelming fear of catching COVID-19 (76%), followed by a concern with mental health issues (49%).

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households were struggling to meet basic needs before the pandemic.

Pre-pandemic data shows that 44% of households in the Roanoke Valley fell below the ALICE threshold – meaning they were unable to meet a basic household survival budget for housing, food, transportation, childcare, health care and technology.

The survey also revealed that:

  • Regardless of income, families worry about childcare/education and/or remote learning with 82% of respondents with children listing this as a top concern; 53% of respondents with children report challenges with juggling work and children’s needs.
  • Of those respondents falling below the ALICE threshold, 44% were concerned about providing enough food for the household.
  • Respondents who were hourly workers were far less likely to transition to remote work (17%) than salaried workers (45%).
  • Of those looking for work, 47% reported difficulty finding a job and 46% reported being unable to find a job that provides a sufficient income.

The survey, administered between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, was made available in both English and Spanish.

The survey closed with a total of 2,428 respondents that represented the town of Vinton; the cities of Roanoke, Salem, and Covington; and the counties of Roanoke, Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Franklin.

View the full data from the survey below.

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