WATCH: Dr. Morrow provides COVID 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 region’s coronavirus pandemic response during a Zoom briefing.

You can read the data Morrow shared during the news conference below:

This briefing comes after Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 16,681 new COVID-19 cases, 177 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 44 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Of those numbers, the VDH says 471 new cases, four new hospitalizations, and three new deaths are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: 29 new cases and one new death
  • Botetourt County: 48 new cases and one new death
  • Covington: Two new cases
  • Craig County: Three new cases
  • Roanoke City: 154 new cases and two new hospitalizations
  • Roanoke County: 149 new cases and two new hospitalizations
  • Salem: 86 new cases, one new hospitalization, and one new death

Health officials say that even though case numbers are at record highs again, large numbers of people are still choosing to protect themselves with the vaccine. In fact, over the past week, more than 5,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to residents of the health districts.

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 the following locations this week:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salem Civic Center
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berglund Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Fincastle Baptist Church

Health officials say the testing events will use nasal PCR tests, with the results back in 24 to 48 hours. Due to the limited supply of COVID-19 tests, you are asked not to test again if you have tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days.

You can also check out coronavirus testing locations on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website.

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