Gene Marrano

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In the wake of COVID-19, the Roanoke Regional Partnership is asking local governments, Chambers of Commerce and other organizations to share the information it sends out on economic development and business support to their constituents via social media channels. The Partnership has also launched a new information clearinghouse website –  The website features a survey about how the coronavirus has impacted workplaces – and about any obstacles to teleworking. Roanoke Regional Partnership executive director Beth Doughty:

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After talking with numerous community partners and agencies, United Way of Roanoke Valley has just launched a COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which will raise money to address critical needs like protective equipment for healthcare workers, food for children out of school and small business assistance. United Way of Roanoke Valley President and CEO Abby Hamilton was live on WFIR this morning. Visit the website to make a donation to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, or text UWRV to 85511. Hear the complete conversation with Abby Hamilton below:

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The Virginia Department of Health says as of this morning 460 people in Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19 – an increase of 69 cases from the 391 reported at noon yesterday. The VDH also says almost 6200 people have been tested for the virus. Six new patients were hospitalized, bringing that total to 65 – and another four have died. The statewide death toll now stands at 13; that has more than doubled over the past few days. There are coronavirus cases in 62 Virginia cities and counties.

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