Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts director provides coronavirus update

Coronavirus

UPDATE 11:58 p.m.: According to Dr. O’Dell, there have been 154 cases have been diagnosed in two health districts so far: there have been 37 cases in Roanoke City, 36 in Roanoke County, 27 in Botetourt, 16 in Salem, 6 in Alleghany County, and 3 in Craig County.

Of 154 total cases, 88 are women and 66 are men and there’s a total of five fatalities.

As the total cases go up data is showing that a third of the cases are healthcare workers.

“Each facility has a COVID response plan, and the best way to keep the numbers down is the appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and to minimize the exposure of healthcare workers to positive patients. “

Dr. Molly O’Dell, Director of Communicable Disease Control Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

According to O’Dell, by having positive patients together it will prevent healthcare workers from spreading the virus to other patients, and keep workers safe.

O’Dell stresses a face covering should be worn at all times when social distancing.

HOLLINS, Va. (WFXR) — The director of communicable disease control for Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts is set to hold a weekly press briefing Tuesday morning.

Dr. Molly O’Dell will give an update on the coronavirus through a phone conference call from the Virginia Department of Health at 11 a.m.

Listen to the conference call on this story.

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