UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Updated COVID-19 numbers in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts can be found below.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, a total of 51,383 COVID-19 cases were reported, an increase of 4,454 from last week.

In the Alleghany Health District, a total of 33,631 cases have been reported.

In the Roanoke City Health District, a total of 17,752 cases have been reported.

Approximately 18 percent of the new cases involve children. Nearly 50 percent of the new cases involve people under the age of 35.

Health officials say the vast majority of hospitalizations in the districts are with people who are not fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, a total of 748 COVID-related deaths have occurred:

  • 472 of those were in the Alleghany Health District
  • 276 were in the Roanoke City Health District
Vaccination rates in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District, as of Jan. 18, 2022. (Image courtesy of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts).

As of the week ending on Jan. 8, which represents current vaccination rates and transmission cases of Omicron, Virginia residents who were not fully vaccinated developed COVID-19 at nearly 60 times the rate as people who were fully vaccinated and were hospitalized at a rate more than 35 percent of those who were fully vaccinated.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have announced that a new free testing event will take place in the Alleghany Highlands Wednesday afternoon.

This event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Tests will be administered to those only with an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Another testing event at the Fincastle Baptist Church will take place on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is also by appointment only and no walk-ins will be accepted.

To sign up for either event, click here or call 877-ASK VDH3

Appointments for both testing events are expected to fill up quickly.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — After the winter weather over the weekend interrupted recent coronavirus testing and vaccination efforts, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts’ director, Dr. Cynthia Morrow provided a COVID-19 situation update Tuesday morning.

This remote news conference comes after Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 10,248 new COVID-19 cases, 127 new virus-related hospitalizations, and eight new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Of those numbers, the VDH says 225 new cases are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: 22 new cases
  • Botetourt County: 11 new cases
  • Covington: One new case
  • Craig County: Two new cases
  • Roanoke City: 79 new cases
  • Roanoke County: 88 new cases
  • Salem: 22 new cases

If you want to set up an appointment with the Valley View Vaccination Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; check out upcoming vaccination clinics within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts; or learn more about vaccination efforts in the region, follow this link.

Meanwhile, the health districts are offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Fincastle Baptist Church along Roanoke Road from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, no appointment necessary. Health officials say the testing event will use nasal PCR tests, with the results back in 24 to 36 hours.

You can also check out coronavirus testing locations on the VDH website.