Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts report slight increase in COVID-19 cases, testing positivity rates

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts over the last week, health officials continue to promote the effectiveness of vaccines in the fight against the pandemic.

“Unfortunately this week our total weekly case count increased slightly as did positivity rates for testing in most jurisdictions in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. “We continue to see beloved members of our community succumb to this terrible virus. Vaccination remains the most important tool to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

This news comes as the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 1,210 new COVID-19 cases, 27 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 30 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The VDH says 62 of those new cases, one of those new hospitalizations, and one of those new deaths are from the following localities in the Roanoke Valley and the Alleghany Highlands:

  • Alleghany County: Two new cases
  • Botetourt County: 12 new cases
  • Covington: Three new cases
  • Craig County: Four new cases
  • Roanoke City: 13 new cases
  • Roanoke County: 21 new cases, one new hospitalization, and one new death
  • Salem: Seven new cases

You can read the full data sheet released Tuesday’s by the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts below:

Meanwhile, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are offering first-dose COVID-19 vaccination opportunities at the following clinics throughout the rest of the month:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Melrose Library at 2502 Melrose Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and Moderna)
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alleghany County/Covington Health Department at 321 East Beech Street in Covington (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Goodwill Industries at 2502 Melrose Avenue NW in Roanoke (Moderna and J&J)
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 3402 Orange Avenue NE in Roanoke (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Friday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Botetourt Family YMCA at 115 Shenandoah Avenue in Daleville (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gainsboro Family YMCA at 108 Orange Avenue NE in Roanoke (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Monday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 100 Mall Road in Covington (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Williamson Road Library at 3837 Williamson Road in Roanoke (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)

To set up a vaccine appointment or to learn more about vaccination efforts and eligibility within the health districts, click here.

People who qualify for booster doses can also schedule a booster dose appointment at their pharmacy or health department clinic by visiting the VDH vaccine website.

In addition, the VDH’s free Community Vaccination Center is also open at the former Sears site at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, ready to provide Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines to adult visitors. This includes Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

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