ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the number of hepatitis A cases and COVID-19 levels continue to rise within the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD), Dr. Cynthia Morrow, provided a public health update Tuesday morning.

The health districts released the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic and the hepatitis A outbreak on Tuesday, July 19:

Last week, Morrow announced that an employee at Billy’s Restaurant in Roanoke had been infected with hepatitis A, marking the third Roanoke restaurant worker to be diagnosed in the last two months.

Between Jan. 1 and July 19, health officials say there have been 77 cases of hepatitis A — including 56 hospitalizations — within the RCAHD. This is only one more case than what the health districts reported last week.

The RCAHD made sure that free hepatitis A vaccines were available to the public on a first come, first serve basis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at a mobile clinic across the street from the Roanoke City Health Department at 1513 Williamson Road NE.

For more information about hepatitis A, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

As for the coronavirus pandemic, Morrow says the RCAHD’s COVID-19 activity is currently at a high but stable level, with hospitalizations up significantly this week, reaching a level not seen since March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and Roanoke County have “high” COVID-19 community transmission levels while Alleghany County, Covington, Craig County, and Salem have “medium” levels as of Thursday, July 14.

Morrow’s briefing comes two weeks after her last virtual update, but you can read the data shared by the RCAHD on Tuesday, July 12 below:

Meanwhile, in order to help kids be physically prepared to return to school, the RCAHD is also offering numerous opportunities for students to receive back-to-school immunizations.

Health officials say clinic attendees should bring a copy of your insurance or Medicaid card if applicable, but uninsured children are welcome. You can find out how to sign up for these vaccination clinics around the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands by following this link.