WATCH: Dr. Morrow provides COVID pandemic update for Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday morning, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, shared the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccination efforts around the region.

According to Dr. Morrow, the coronavirus case numbers within the health districts have increased over the last week, as well as the number of flu cases. Therefore, Dr. Morrow continues to urge community members to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu, especially with the holidays drawing near.

You can read the new data shared by Dr. Morrow below:

This online briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 1,586 new COVID-19 cases and 25 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth, but also a decrease of 241 virus-related hospitalizations as of Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Of those numbers, the VDH says more than 70 new COVID-19 cases and one new hospitalization are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: Six new cases
  • Botetourt County: Nine new cases
  • Craig County: Four new cases
  • Roanoke City: 20 new cases
  • Roanoke County: 28 new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Salem: Seven new cases

However, health officials reported two less coronavirus cases in Covington since Monday, Nov. 22.

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

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

The VDH’s free Community Vaccination Center is also open at the former Sears site at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke, ready to provide Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines to adult visitors, as well as the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, officials say the facility will be open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. The vaccination center will then be closed from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts says the VDH recommends Pfizer and Moderna boosters to those 18 and older who received their initial shots at least six months ago. If you got the J&J vaccine, boosters are advised for those age 18 and older who were vaccinated at least two months ago.

People who qualify can schedule a booster dose appointment at their pharmacy or health department clinic by visiting the VDH vaccine website.

Watch the full briefing below:

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