More than 1,700 complaints about facemask violations reported since June in Roanoke City/Alleghany Health Districts


UPDATE 11:51 A.M.: More than 1,700 complaints have been filed for face mask violations at businesses and restaurants in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts since June, according to Health Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow. She explained that while the number seems high, it includes multiple complaints against some individual businesses.

Morrow said enforcement at restaurants falls under the Virginia Department of Health, which includes the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. Other state agencies deal with complaints against other types of businesses.

To address complaints, a letter is sent to restaurants at the center of a complaint. Most, Morrow said, come into compliance.

Dr. Molly O’Dell, communicable disease director, said unannounced visits can take place at any business with an active outbreak of coronavirus.

O’Dell also noted that despite the increase in workload and complaints, there have been no staff additions to deal with the workload so current staff have to prioritize work each day. This despite the fact, she says, that more staff was planned for the health district.

In the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, a total of 4,211 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently, there are 44 active cases in Roanoke City and 71 in the Alleghany Health District. In the last 24 hours, 61 cases have been reported.

Fifty-one people are currently hospitalized in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, with 32 of those from Roanoke City.

There are currently 28 outbreaks at the following types of locations: nine long-term care facilities, eight businesses, seven congregant living facilities, one private school, one health care facility, one fire station, and one daycare.

Watch the full briefing below.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts is set to host a virtual briefing Tuesday morning about the status of the coronavirus in the Roanoke Valley area.

You can watch the briefing live at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, here on and on the WFXR News app.

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