Virginia’s tally of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise, with 6,084 new infections reported over the past seven days, an increase of nearly 8…
Wednesday's report of 64 new cases in the Roanoke and Alleghany districts is more than a quarter of the 230 area infections logged in the past seven days.
COVID-19 infections in the Roanoke-area health districts had been averaging about 75 new cases a week over the past two months. But 223 new cases were reported over the last seven days as of Friday.
Citing a recent increase in local cases of COVID-19, and the looming statewide presence of the delta strain of the virus, health officials hav…
Families with loved ones stricken by the virus continue to face wrenching circumstances. Serious cases requiring hospitalization have dropped as vaccines have become widely available, but 250 people were hospitalized statewide with confirmed or suspected COVID across Virginia as of Friday.
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to say that people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask in most settings, employers have been grappling with how to respond. Virginia lifted its mask mandate earlier this month and ended its remaining pandemic-related restrictions Friday.
"We expect that we'll be able to start offering vaccines to children in the next couple of days," pending approval by the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Cynthia Morrow said Tuesday.
Addressing recent national reports of people who haven’t returned for their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the director of the Roanoke Cit…
Virginians with appointments to receive this vaccine will be rescheduled for a different clinic.
To figure out why some people are COVID vaccination-averse, a team of Virginia Tech researchers set out to determine if misinformation shared on social media fuels that resistance.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow said efforts continue to vaccinate people as quickly as possible, but nowhere near enough people have immunities that would offer protection to unvaccinated people.
People who live in Roanoke and surrounding communities should sign up through vaccinate.virginia.gov to get a clinic invitation or check with a pharmacy or provider. Or call 540-613-6597 to schedule an appointment.
Roanoke area health districts expand vaccine eligibility to other essential workers, and the governor says Virginia will open COVID-19 vaccination to everyone on April 18.
The Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts are receiving twice as much vaccine as in past weeks with the hopes reaching the rest of the people waiting on the Phase 1 list.
Thousands more Virginians than would be expected lost their lives during the past year. Hardest hit were the oldest among us who died directly from the coronavirus, but also from loneliness, isolation and perhaps less robust care. But they were not the only age group to have more deaths than would be expected.
Roanoke's public health director said Friday she has yet to learn if any Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be coming next week. There had been hope that vaccine supplies were going to increase then and the districts could rapidly work through the people still waiting in Phase 1b.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow said any events involving eating and drinking would require students to remove their masks, and that could promote the spread of the disease.
The Roanoke area's public health director said Friday that people 65 and older will remain a top priority for vaccination, but they have reached nearly all in that age group who said they wanted the COVID-19 vaccine.
"We are making progress with the number and rate of people getting vaccinated. Why jeopardize that?" asks the director of the Roanoke health districts.
A system flaw in the state's centralized system invited some people to jump the line in getting their vaccine this weekend during a mass vaccination clinic at Berglund Center. The local health director said most of the 8,000 doses went to eligible people, but a glitch was discovered in filters with the new system.