LISTEN: Dr. Molly O’Dell says Coronavirus cases are picking up again in Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts


UPDATE 11:30 A.M.: In her weekly news briefing, Dr. Molly O’Dell says cases are picking up again in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. There are currently 18 outbreaks, an increase from 12 last week. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 10 businesses
  • 4 long-term care facilities
  • 2 congregate living facilities
  • 2 restaurants

Dr. O’Dell adds business practices have relaxed regarding Covid-19 guidelines. She recommends:

  • Self-monitoring to detect symptoms and doing temperature screenings
  • Have a process in place in case an employee gets sick
  • Wear face coverings at all times inside, unless your desk is at least six feet apart from your colleagues.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you walk in the door
  • Clean your workplace in compliance with CDC guidelines
  • Make sure the HVAC system is well-maintained; the more circulation the better. Dr. O’Dell adds opening windows if you can.

Another note Dr. O’Dell touched on is the increase in hospitalizations in the region. There are currently 31 hospitalizations, compared to 26 last week. She says the upward trend is concerning and we should continue to be vigilant in stopping the spread of the virus.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Molly O’Dell of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts hosted a virtual news briefing on the coronavirus pandemic this morning.

Watch the virtual briefing below.

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