ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday morning, the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) — Dr. Cynthia Morrow — provided the latest details about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other public health topics.

The RCAHD shared their latest data on Tuesday, Aug. 16:

At this time, health officials say the indicators for COVID-19 activity are still elevated, but both lab-reported cases and hospitalizations have decreased since last week.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Covington, Craig County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem all have “high” COVID-19 community transmission levels as of Thursday, Aug. 11.

As a result, the health districts recommend additional precautions, such as wearing masks in public indoor settings, as well as getting up to date with your booster shots.

As for the global monkeypox outbreak, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reports a total of 190 probable monkeypox cases — referred to as “orthopoxvirus” — and confirmed monkeypox cases around the Commonwealth as of Monday, Aug. 15, including six from southwest Virginia.

The RCAHD announced last week that they are accepting requests for vaccination — by appointment only — for people considered high risk for monkeypox. If you fit the eligibility criteria listed on the health districts’ website, you are encouraged to call 540-283-5050 to schedule a dose of the monkeypox vaccine.

Morrow’s latest briefing comes two weeks after her previous virtual update, but you can read the data shared by the health districts on Tuesday, Aug. 9 below:

COVID-19:

Cumulative Case Count Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts: 70328 (up 930)

People hospitalized with COVID-19, as of Monday 8/8/2022: 43 (30 new hospitalizations)  

COVID-19 related deaths, as of Tuesday 8/9/2022: 1030
648 Alleghany Health District
382 Roanoke City Health District

Monkeypox:

The RCAHD teams continue to work with healthcare professionals and community-based organizations to identify and provide vaccine to individuals who are at greatest risk for this orthopox virus.

Hepatitis A Outbreak:

Since January 1, 2022, 79 cases of hepatitis A, including 58 hospitalizations, have been reported to RCHAD. No new cases were reported this week.

Statement released on Aug. 9, 2022 by the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts