Health and Medicine
Roanoke restaurant and bar owner Jason Martin says Governor Northam’s latest executive order will help improve the atmosphere at Virginia bars, and it will provide a financial boost to bartenders. Northam says seating is once again permitted at bars, but as with tables, there must be six-foot spacing. Jason Martin owns Martin’s Downtown and Sidecar, and says the ban on bar seating always puzzled him, but he will nonetheless happily take its limited restoration. Martin spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones:
Updated weekly numbers for the Near Southwest Region, which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah, and the Salem VA Medical Center as of today: there are 143 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 36 ICU patients and 8 people on ventilators. Last week 130 patients were hospitalized for COVID in the near Southwest Region. At the peak in January as many as 450 were in the hospital at one time fighting the coronavirus
The latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health, show 1 new coronavirus related death and 3 new hospitalizations in the Roanoke Valley. There are 26 new cases among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties in the latest 24-hour reporting period.State health officials report 12 new cases in Roanoke City, 8 new cases, 3 new hospitalizations, and 1 new death in Roanoke County, and 6 new cases in Botetourt County.
A new report finds that Roanoke has some of the cleanest air among all metro areas in the country. But the American Lung Association says that is hardly true in all parts of the state. The association released its national “State of the Air” report overnight, and it gives the Roanoke region an “A” rating for ozone and particle matter pollution – more commonly called smog and soot. On both counts, it puts Roanoke among the 32 cleanest metro areas in the country. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
There are mass vaccination clinics open to all adults through Thursday at the Berglund Center – and no worries about any supply shortage says Dr. Cynthia Morrow, director for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. In fact Morrow reiterated today that with demand lessening in the Roanoke Valley those mass vaccination events could end soon – replaced by smaller, focused clinics in more rural parts of the health district.
The latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health, show no new coronavirus related deaths but 1 new hospitalization in the Roanoke Valley. There are 57 new cases among Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke and Botetourt Counties in the latest 24-hour reporting period.State health officials report 12 new cases in Roanoke City, 15 new cases and 1 new hospitalization Roanoke County,26 new cases in Salem, and 4 new cases in Botetourt County.
Local health officials will conduct a second walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic today in Roanoke. But while supplies here currently exceed demand, other parts of the state still face waits for appointments that may last weeks. Governor Northam traveled to northern Virginia on Monday, imploring all Virginians 16 and older to get vaccinated. He says even for younger, less vulnerable adults, it’s the only way for any and all of us to get out of this. But many of Virginia’s population centers currently have nowhere near the supply to meet current demand; a quick check finds few if any on-line appointments available in the northern Virginia, Richmond and Norfolk areas, but around here, it’s almost name your own time. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
You have another opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment this week in Roanoke. The next walk-up clinic is set for Tuesday between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm at the Berglund Center. This will be the first of two Pfizer doses, and it is available anyone 16 and older, although anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them.
NEWS RELEASE: (ROANOKE, VA) – Due to sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) invite any member of the general public to get vaccinated at the Berglund Center on Tuesday, April 20, between 11-3:30 p.m. Registration is not necessary for this clinic. Walk-in doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All previously scheduled clinic appointments will be honored at their scheduled time.
“To date, more than 177,000 first and second doses of vaccine have been administered in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts,” said Cynthia Morrow, MD, RCAHD health director. “Vaccine supplies into our district have continued to remain at levels that allow us to offer the opportunity for the public to get their vaccinations at our clinic without an appointment on Tuesday.”
The Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Anyone who is age 16 or older is eligible to receive vaccine. Minors between the ages of 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent.
Upcoming Clinic Openings:
In partnership with Carilion Clinic, a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, April 21 also has open openings available by appointment. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Anyone ages 16 or older is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Minors ages 16 to 17 must come with a parent. Visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/roanoke/covid-vaccine/ to schedule an appointment.
The entire Commonwealth of Virginia is now in Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations; it means everyone 16 and older in the state can now sign up. Convincing many people now eligible to do so may present a notable challenge, and the message is going out from Governor Northam and others to those in Phase 2 who have not registered for a vaccine.
The Virginia vaccination website now provides availability information across the state. As a practical matter, there have recently been plenty of appointments open in our region, but they remain fully booked in many of Virginia’s major population centers. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on the statewide situation:
Click here for Virginia’s vaccination website which now includes vaccine appointment information statewide.