Dr. O’Dell: Now a quicker turn around for COVID-19 testing


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Health officials updated the number of coronavirus cases in Roanoke and Allegheny Counties, a quicker turnaround for testing in a Tuesday morning press conference.

Dr. Molly O’Dell, the director of communicable disease control for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, hosted a virtual briefing about local COVID-19 efforts on Tuesday, April 21.

There have been 99 cases have been diagnosed as of 9 a.m. in the two counties as of Tuesday morning. The age range is from 20 to 91. There have been no new deaths. There have been  28 cases in Roanoke City, 29 in Roanoke County, 25 in Botetourt, 8 in Salem, 6 in Alleghany County, and 3 in Craig County.

Officials said tests are coming back quicker. Roanoke currently has three places where people can go for testing other than hospitals.

According to O’Dell, when someone is diagnosed in a lab it automatically goes into the system, along with presumed positives.  A presumed positive is when a physician makes a diagnosis based on clinical criteria. 

O’Dell confirmed despite some state’s reopening, a face covering should be worn at all times when social distancing is in question.

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