WATCH: Dr. Morrow shares update on COVID-19 response within Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, discussed the current status of the coronavirus pandemic during a Zoom briefing Tuesday morning.

According to Dr. Morrow, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are reporting roughly the same number of cases and hospitalizations as last week following two weeks of some decreases.

Dr. Morrow says about 25 percent of the current cases are in people under the age of 18 while about 50 percent are in people up to age 34.

You can read the coronavirus data shared during Dr. Morrow’s news conference below:

This briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 7,460 new COVID-19 cases, 250 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 144 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth between Friday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Of those numbers, the VDH says 395 new COVID-19 cases, seven new hospitalizations, and 11 new deaths are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: 15 new cases and two new deaths
  • Botetourt County: 67 new cases, two new hospitalizations, and one new death
  • Covington: Six new cases
  • Craig County: 18 new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Roanoke City: 111 new cases, three new hospitalizations, and four new deaths
  • Roanoke County: 125 new cases, one new hospitalization, and three new deaths
  • Salem: 53 new cases and one new death

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, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at Love’s Truck Stop Clinic at 9104 Winterberry Avenue in Covington (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Roanoke Library at 706 S. Jefferson Street in Roanoke (Pfizer and Moderna)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Craig County Health Department at 161 Main Street in New Castle (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alleghany County/Covington Health Department at 321 East Beech Street in Covington (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 101 South Electric Road in Salem (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gainsboro Library at 15 Patton Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and Moderna)
  • Friday, Oct. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at GO Fest at 213 Market Street SE in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Melrose Library Fall Festival at 2502 Melrose Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hill Street Baptist Church at 111 Madison Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Craig County Health Department at 161 Main Street in New Castle (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alleghany County/Covington Health Department at 321 East Beech Street in Covington (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)
  • Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Celebrate Hurt Park Community Day at Hurt Park Elementary at 1525 Salem Avenue SW in Roanoke (Pfizer and J&J)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Craig County Health Department at 161 Main Street in New Castle (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J)

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

According to CDC guidance, those 18 and older and qualify can receive booster doses anytime after six months from the date of the second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts say they will provide Pfizer boosters to people who meet the following qualifications:

  • People age 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings
  • People age 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
  • People age 18 to 64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings

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

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