WATCH: Dr. Morrow with Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts discusses recent COVID-19 trends

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As Virginia’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise amid concerns about virus variants, Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts held a Zoom briefing Tuesday morning about recent pandemic trends.

This online briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 1,759 new COVID-19 cases, 72 new virus-related hospitalizations, and seven new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Aug. 10.

The VDH says more than 40 of those new cases, as well as one of those new hospitalizations, are from the following localities in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: Two new cases
  • Botetourt County: Nine new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Covington: Zero new cases
  • Craig County: Zero new cases
  • Roanoke City: 12 new cases
  • Roanoke County: 19 new cases
  • Salem: Three new cases

In the briefing, Dr. Morrow said that the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts saw 409 new cases and 22 new hospitalizations in the last week.

She said that children make up about 10 percent of those new cases, adding that with children returning to school, it makes sense for them to wear face masks.

“I don’t understand the objections to a mask. It is a piece of cloth. It’s not invasive and the evidence is overwhelming that someone who is infected who wears a mask, is far less likely to infect anyone else. Someone who is wearing a mask is a lot less likely to be infected.”

Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

Dr. Morrow says the increase in the number of COVID infections this week is alarming but the best way to prevent further spread is to get vaccinated, practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

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, Aug. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lucy Addison Middle School at 1220 5th Street NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Tuesday Aug. 10 at Hill Street Baptist Church at 111 Madison Avenue NW in Roanoke (J&J and Pfizer)
  • Thursday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roanoke City Health Department at 1502 Williamson Road NE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Friday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Williamson Road Library at 3837 Williamson Road in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Tuesday Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library at 706 South Jefferson Street in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Belmont Library at 1101 Morningside Street SE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roanoke City Health Department at 1502 Williamson Road NE in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Saturday, Aug. 21 at William Fleming High School’s Back to School Extravaganza at 3601 Ferncliff Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Monday, Aug. 23 at Andrew Lewis Middle School at 616 South College Avenue in Salem (Pfizer)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Sweet Union Baptist Church at 521 Madison Avenue NW in Roanoke (Pfizer)
  • Vaccine clinics in Alleghany County/Covington
  • Vaccine clinics in Craig County

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

Watch the full briefing below.

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