WATCH: Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts reporting highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations since March

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UPDATE 11:45 A.M.: Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow joined Dr. Molly O’Dell for their weekly coronavirus briefing. The Roanoke and Alleghany health districts are reporting 3,748 cumulative cases — Alleghany has 1,794 with 52 active cases, Roanoke City has 1,915 with 24 active cases.

The districts are averaging about 45 new cases per day, bringing the burden and transmission levels down to a moderate level compared to last week.

The doctors note the most concerning data point is the cumulative 50 hospitalizations — the most in the area since March; 26 are in Roanoke City and 24 are in Alleghany. They add 23% of hospitalizations are among African Americans, while 15% are among the Latinx community. Which the doctors note shows the disparity of how the Coronavirus affects minorities.

There are currently 28 outbreaks:

  • 11 businesses
  • 7 long-term care facilities
  • 4 congregate living facilities
  • 2 restaurants
  • 1 health care facility
  • 1 fire house
  • 1 church
  • 1 school

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts will hold free COVID-19 testing events this week:

  • Wednesday, October 14th, 4-6pm, Berglund Center, Roanoke
  • Thursday, October 15th, 4 – 6pm, Craig County Health Center

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts will host a virtual briefing about coronavirus in the Roanoke region Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Watch the briefing live here on WFXRtv.com and the WFXR News app.

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