ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in southwest Virginia, the health districts of Roanoke City and Alleghany are urging residents to take precautionary measures over the weekend of Labor Day.
Health districts reported on Tuesday, Aug.31, that 715 cases had been reported in Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Covington, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem in the previous week.
As of Friday, September 3 – three days later – officials said 430 more cases had been reported in the health districts of Roanoke City and Alleghany.
All counties in Virginia are currently at a high level of COVID-19 transmission. With the continued increase in cases, unvaccinated people should strongly consider staying at home and more specifically, should avoid the crowds this weekend.
Fully immunized people should carefully consider their options when deciding to travel or be with others outside the home, especially indoors.
People with weakened immune systems, people caring for sick or elderly relatives, who have children at home too young to be vaccinated, or people who simply want to be more careful are encouraged to continue wearing masks, especially indoors.
Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts
Additionally, health districts urge all community members to take the following precautions until this outbreak passes:
- Get vaccinated if you have not yet been vaccinated.
- If you are over 2 years old, regardless of your vaccination status, you should wear a mask inside.
- Practice social distancing when possible.
- Avoid overcrowded situations. Due to the high rate of infection in our communities, you should consider wearing a mask if you are in a crowded situation, even if you are outdoors.
- Wash your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
“Anything outside will be safer than inside, but people should think about their plans and assess their risks. COVID-19 has essentially become a preventable disease. At the Department of Health, we will continue to work to prevent unnecessary death or hospitalization by encouraging all those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible, ”said Dr Cynthia Morrow, Director of Health Districts of Roanoke City and Alleghany.
You can find a list of walk-in vaccination clinics in health districts in by following this link.
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