NRV Public Health Task Force releases weekly COVID-19 update


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(WFXR) – In its weekly update, the New River Valley Public Health Task Force continues to indicate rises in COVID-19 cases but further vaccine distribution is ongoing.

In the update, the task force says that the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the New River Health District on Dec. 23 with 90 first responders vaccinated on that day.

This week, further vaccines will be administered to those in Phase 1a of the Virginia Vaccination Prioritization Plan.

Also happening this week, long-term care facilities will see vaccines being administered. This is being headed up by Walgreens and CVS.

As of Monday, a total of 68 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals in the New River Health District with another two individuals being investigated.

There are 14 outbreaks and a total of 562 COVID-related cases in the NRV.

On the COVID-19 Snapshot, shown below, the most cases continues to be from Montgomery County where over 5,000 cases are now being reported. Also, over 100 hospitalizations are from Montgomery County as well.

In the NRV, the age group that has been most-affected by COVID-19 is between the ages of 20-29 with slightly higher cases in females, versus males.

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