WATCH: Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts share update on COVID, vaccination efforts


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With Christmas officially over and New Year’s coming up later this week, Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts discussed the latest information about the local COVID-19 response on Tuesday morning.

This news comes after Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 7,439 new COVID-19 cases, 142 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 185 new virus-related deaths — most of which were actually from 2020 — around the Commonwealth as of Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Of those numbers, the VDH says 168 new cases, one new hospitalization, and one new death are from the following localities within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Alleghany County: Two new cases
  • Botetourt County: 31 new cases
  • Covington: One new case
  • Craig County: Six new cases
  • Roanoke City: 28 new cases and one new death
  • Roanoke County: 78 new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Salem: 22 new cases

However, Morrow says the actual number of coronavirus cases around the region is likely underreported due to the rise in popularity of at-home testing kits.

You can read the rest of the data shared Tuesday by the health districts’ director — or watch her full coronavirus briefing — below:

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 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 29, then 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30.

In honor of the holiday, the vaccination center will be closed from Friday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. However, starting on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, the facility’s hours of operation will be changed to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The center is ready to provide free Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines and boosters to adult visitors, as well as the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Health officials say the VDH recommends Pfizer boosters for those 16 and older and Moderna boosters for those 18 and older as long as you received your 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.

In addition, the health districts are offering free, drive-thru coronavirus testing from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the Salem Civic Center. This will repeat at the same time every Tuesday in January.

Additional coronavirus testing locations can be found on the VDH website.

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