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WATCH: Gov. Northam says unvaccinated COVID-19 patients filling up hospitals

UPDATE 1:06 p.m.: Gov. Ralph Northam announced during his Monday afternoon briefing that nearly all the people who are catching the coronavirus are unvaccinated. Northam says these vaccines are safe and effective, based on a significant amount of research and testing. In addition, these people who refuse to get the...
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Dr. Bissell provides update on COVID-19 for New River Health District

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Dr. Noelle Bissell, the director of the New River Health District, held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. This Zoom briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 7,987 new COVID-19 cases, 230 new virus-related hospitalizations between...
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West Piedmont Health District now more than 50% vaccinated against COVID

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WDBJ) - According to health officials, 50% of eligible adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health district. Nancy Bell, a spokesperson for the district says that vaccination numbers are slowly increasing while COVID cases in the district decline. Bell also says that the health department has received multiple phone calls about the Pfizer booster vaccine, something she says you don’t need to rush to get.
ROCKY MOUNT, VA
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VDH will hold free weekly COVID tests at elementary schools in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be hosting free weekly COVID-19 tests at the Roanoke City Public Schools elementary schools. A list of places, times, and dates was posted on the district’s Facebook page. Sept. 29: Westside Elementary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct....
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New River Valley sees decline in COVID cases following weeks of Delta surge

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) — Health leaders in the New River Valley said they believe the area has passed the peak of the current Delta variant surge. In a press conference Monday afternoon, Dr. Noelle Bissell with the New River Valley Health District said this is the first week the numbers are not increasing from the prior week in months.
BLACKSBURG, VA
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Roanoke County middle school teacher battling breakthrough case of COVID

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Despite being vaccinated, Hidden Valley Middle School instructor Jim Struzinsky is battling a serious breakthrough case of COVID-19. The school’s sixth-grade class transitioned to virtual learning on September 20th after experiencing high exposure to the virus, impacting 176 students, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard. This...
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Roanoke-area hospitals and emergency services agencies are urging public to help combat latest COVID surge

Officials representing Roanoke-area hospitals and emergency services agencies came together Thursday to encourage the community to do its part to combat the latest COVID-19 surge. During a press conference at the Berglund Center, they offered three actions community members could take to assist in their response to COVID-19 and ease...
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Multiple COVID testing events coming up as demand surges

(WSET) — Multiple health departments are hosting free COVID-19 testing over the next few days as demand has surged in Central Virginia. Monday, between 9 a.m. and noon, you're invited to come by for a free COVID-19 test at Centra Urgent Care on Forest Road. The event is in the parking lot behind the building.
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Health district will let schools make COVID calls

The Blue Ridge Health District will no longer call families of students who might have been exposed COVID-19 while at school, leaving that effort to schools, district officials said in a town hall Wednesday evening. School systems — public and private — already have worked to identify and contact students...
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Blue Ridge Health District gives schools power for COVID contact tracing

BLUE RIDGE, Va. (WSET) — Schools in the Blue Ridge area now hold the power for COVID contact tracing, after the Virginia Department of Health was overwhelmed by school contact tracing calls. Blue Ridge Health District officials made the decision at Wednesday's town hall. Ryan McKay, Director of COVID Operations...
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