ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge around southwest Virginia, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts urge residents to take precautionary measure during the Labor Day weekend.

The health districts reported on Tuesday, Aug. 31 that 715 cases had been reported from Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Covington, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem during the previous week.

As of Friday, Sept. 3 — just three days later — officials say that 430 more cases have been reported in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts.

All counties in Virginia are currently at a high level of transmission of COVID-19. With the continued rise in cases, unvaccinated people should strongly consider staying home and more specifically, should avoid crowds this weekend. 

Fully vaccinated people should carefully consider their options when they are deciding whether to travel or be with others outside the home, especially in an indoor setting.

People who have weakened immune systems, people who are taking care of the ill or elderly loved ones, who have children at home who are too young to be vaccinated, or people who simply want to be more cautious are encouraged to continue to wear masks, especially in indoor settings.

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

In addition, the health districts urge all members of the community to take the following precautions until this surge passes:

  • Get vaccinated if you are not yet vaccinated.
  • If you are over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, you should wear a mask in indoor settings.
  • Practice social distancing when possible.
  • Avoid crowded situations. Because of the high rate of infection in our communities, you should consider wearing a mask if you are in a crowded situation, even if you are outside.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

“Anything outdoors is going to be safer than indoors, but people should think through their plans and assess their risk. COVID-19 has essentially become a preventable disease. We at the health department will continue working to prevent any unnecessary deaths or hospitalizations by encouraging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts.

You can find a list of the walk-in vaccine clinics within the health districts by following this link.

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