Two localities back up to High level of COVID community transmission

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Published: May. 27, 2022 at 3:31 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Two southwest Virginia localities are back up to a High community transmission level for COVID-19, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 Transmission Tracker. Roanoke City and Roanoke County are both on the list, with Salem bumped up to Medium.

Residents in areas designated as high transmission should strongly consider taking the following prevention steps, according to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

Learn more about how COVID-19 Community Levels are measured and view CDC’s full list of individual and community recommendations for each level.

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,777,813 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, May 27, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 3,628 from the 1,774,185 reported Thursday, a bigger increase than Thursday’s 3,565 new cases.

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Since the pandemic began, 13,819,996 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with a 17.6% positivity rate from tests over the last week, up from the 17.4% reported Thursday for the previous seven days.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 15,923,247 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Friday. 82.2% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 73.7% fully vaccinated. 93.1% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 83.6% are fully vaccinated.

523 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 524 Thursday. 109,862 COVID patients have been released from hospitals in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which gets a daily report from hospitals around the commonwealth.

The hospital numbers are different from those reported by VDH, which only gathers hospitalization status at the time each case is investigated by VDH and is an under-representation of Virginia hospitalizations.

As of Friday, there have been 20,376 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 20,370 reported Thursday.

New confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won’t show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day’s list.

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