Roanoke, VA Health

Governor: Unvaccinated people should think about how families will remember them

Governor Northam continues to push vaccines, saying almost all new serious cases since summer began have been in people who are not vaccinated. Northam says the vaccine is incredibly safe and by choosing not to get vaccinated, “You are absolutely hurting other people” and “costing everyone lots of money” (referring to medical costs) by not getting a free vaccine.
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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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Roanoke Times

Lea and White-Boyd: Roanoke's road to recovery from the pandemic

The roller coaster ride we’ve experienced dealing with the COVID-19 virus and the increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths has presented many challenges. It has devastated families, businesses, our educational system, churches and even personal relationships. After our first wave ended in January, we dropped into a false sense of security, and now we have been hit with the new delta variant as our businesses and schools had just began the process of reopening.

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.

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 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6:...

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.

Publisher’s Platform: Vaccinate restaurant employees against hepatitis A or suffer the consequences

The RCAHD is currently investigating nine cases of hepatitis A associated with this exposure. An employee who worked at three Famous Anthony’s restaurant locations in Roanoke has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. As a result, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) announced today that anyone who visited any of these three Famous Anthony’s locations — 4913 Grandin Road, 6499 Williamson Road or 2221 Crystal Spring Ave. — from Aug. 10 through 26 only, may have been exposed.