RCAHD announces record high COVID cases, hospitalizations

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:22 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts announced a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations Tuesday, right before another packed testing event at the Salem Civic Center.

There have been more than 2,200 new cases since last week. That adds up to a total of about 43,000 cases in the health districts, with 115 hospitalizations.

Demand is still high for testing after the holiday season.

The health department prepared 400 PCR tests Tuesday but still ended up turning drivers away when they ran out.

”We’re working on creating even more events; we’re hoping to get more rolled out. The state is supporting all sites this week, there are going to be 51 testing sites across the state,” said Communications Officer Christie Wills.

Due to a time conflict, next week’s testing event at the Civic Center will take place from 9 a.m. - noon.

Tests are free and do not require an appointment.

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