COVID cases, hospitalizations rise in Roanoke and Alleghany

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts gave its weekly COVID-19 briefing Tuesday morning, warning cases are increasing back up to spring-time numbers.

Health Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow says there was also a dramatic increase in hospitalizations, with 14 people in hospitals from the virus as of Monday.

Last week, she says fewer than ten people were hospitalized, as has been the case since April.

Dr. Morrow says this was predicted to happen due to larger gatherings occurring over the summer, especially over the 4th of July, and mask mandates being dropped.

”It is important for us to remember that we have three safe, effective vaccines,” said Dr. Morrow. “But as long as we have significant activity in our community, even people who are vaccinated are at risk of getting it because nothing is 100 percent effective.”

Morrow says the new cases are mostly people who are not vaccinated and continues to encourage those people to keep wearing their masks for the health of themselves and their community.

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