Dr. Molly O’Dell with Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts: ‘Substantial community spread’ in area

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UPDATE 1:20 P.M.: O’Dell said it is unknown when coronavirus will hit its peak in the Roanoke area. The lag time between testing is five to fix days. She also confirmed that the area has “substantial community spread.”

At this time, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts is adding one to two positive tests per day. A so-called PCR test would get results in a matter of minutes.

O’Dell said if you must go out, keep trips short and be physically active. Do social distance and do not participate in congregant activities such as basketball, baseball, etc.

There is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted through food. As long as restaurants follow proper health protocols, there should be no problem ordering takeout.

In the health district, 38 COVID-19 cases are confirmed along with one death. Most patients are isolated at home with mild to moderate symptoms.

Many have been recommended to quarantine due to association with known cases.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of communicable disease control for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, is set to conduct a virtual briefing at 1 p.m.

Watch the briefing on WFXRtv.com and the WFXR News app.

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