ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A recent uptick in COVID-19 cases has resulted in a total of 14 outbreaks at local Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Health Districts which represents a total of approximately 325 cases among staff and patients of LTCFs since the pandemic began.
“While these numbers are of grave concern to us as managers of public health initiatives, they reflect similar trends in other parts of the state as well as around the country.”Dr. Molly O’Dell, Director of Communicable Diseases for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
Individuals who reside in LTCFs are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 because they live in a congregate living facility and because many are older adults, at the highest risk for severe illness.
Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Department (RCAHD) officials released a COVID-19 case data set, as of Oct. 2, 2020.
|Total Cases Related to LTCFs||325|
|Total Number of Cases in RCAHD||3,445|
|Percent of RCAHD Cases Related to LTCFs||9.43%|
|Total Number of COVID-19-Related Deaths in LTCFs||26|
|Total Number of COVID-19-Related Deaths in RCAHD||53|
|Percent of RCAHD COVID-19 Deaths Related to LTCFs||49.06%|
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