COVID-19 update shows trend of increasing cases in Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts


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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts’ director, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, shared the latest information on the local pandemic response during a Zoom briefing Tuesday morning.

This online briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 2,244 new COVID-19 cases, 83 new virus-related hospitalizations, and seven new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Aug. 17.

The VDH says 45 of those new cases, as well as two of those new hospitalizations and one of those new deaths, are from the following localities in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: Two new cases
  • Botetourt County: Seven new cases and one new death
  • Covington: Zero new cases
  • Craig County: Zero new cases
  • Roanoke City: 12 new cases and two new hospitalizations
  • Roanoke County: 23 new cases
  • Salem: One new case

Meanwhile, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are offering first-dose COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in the coming weeks at mobile clinics, which are listed below:

  • Tuesday Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library at 706 South Jefferson Street in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Belmont Library at 1101 Morningside Street SE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roanoke City Health Department at 1502 Williamson Road NE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Saturday, Aug. 21 at Patrick Henry High School’s Back to School Extravaganza at 3601 Ferncliff Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Monday, Aug. 23 at Andrew Lewis Middle School at 616 South College Avenue in Salem (Pfizer)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Sweet Union Baptist Church at 521 Madison Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25 at “Summer Hangouts at Huff Lane Park” at 4412 Huff Lane NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roanoke City Health Department at 1502 Williamson Road NE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Saturday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at “Bring The Noise” at 1619 19th Street NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Hill Street Baptist Church at 111 Madison Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lucy Addison Middle School at 1220 5th Street NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Vaccine clinics in Alleghany County/Covington
  • Vaccine clinics in Craig County

The latest update from the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts can be found below.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District said that they reached out to Carilion Clinic regarding a question received during the weekly briefing about its ICU bed capacity in the Roanoke Valley. Their statement is below.

As the region’s Level 1 trauma center and tertiary/quaternary care center, it’s not unusual for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be busy. Even pre-pandemic, our ICUs typically operated around 95% capacity. This is common across major health care centers across the country.

It’s important to provide additional context around our capacity. Like we’ve had throughout this pandemic, we are using a scalable surge model, which allows us to reallocate beds when needed.

While we’re prepared for additional COVID-19 patients, we ask that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated. COVID-19 hospitalizations are, in large part, preventable if you are vaccinated. Please do your part to keep yourself, your families and friends and our community healthy. If you’re uncertain about receiving the vaccine, please talk to your primary care provider or pharmacist.

Carilion Health System

To set up a second-dose appointment or to learn more about vaccination efforts within the health districts, click here.

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