Health and Medicine
This is the day Governor Northam promises to set forth the guidelines that come with the Phase Two re-opening set for tomorrow. One of most widespread impacts involves restaurants, which will once again be permitted to serve customers inside. That means getting ready in a hurry, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports:
You may not hear your dentist mention it in front of you, but they are dealing with some significant increases in operating costs. Roanoke-based Delta Dental of Virginia is trying to help them meet the additional burden, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.
10 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases have been attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to data released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 5 new cases in Roanoke City, 3 new cases in Roanoke County, and 2 new cases in Salem. No new numbers reported in Botetourt County. One death that was attributed to Roanoke County has been removed, while one death has been added to Roanoke City. It’s unclear if this is a death that may have been wrongfully attributed to the county instead of the city.
As announced yesterday by the Governor, Phase 2 in the three-part reopening of businesses in most parts of Virginia gets underway on Friday – but is the coronavirus pandemic under control at this point? An infectious disease expert weighs in, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Governor Northam says most of Virginia will move to Phase Two of COVID-19 reopening on Friday. Restaurants are permitted to have indoor seating at 50% of capacity. Fitness centers may conduct indoor activities and workouts at 30% capacity. Facilities like zoos, museums and outdoor concert venues are permitted to re-open. Gatherings of up to 50 people will now be permitted. The easing restrictions cover almost all of Virginia, with the exceptions of Washington DC suburbs, Richmond, and Accomack County on the Eastern Shore.
8 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases have been attributed to the Roanoke Valley by the VDH, according to data released this morning. State health officials are reporting 7 new cases in Roanoke City bringing the overall total to 167, and 1 new case in Roanoke County increasing the total number of cases there to 106. Data shows no new deaths in the Roanoke Valley over the past 24 hours.
“Probable” cases are defined as symptomatic persons with known exposure to COVID-19 but were not tested or whose tests results are pending.
It’s a slow recovery for health care systems across the country, four weeks after Governor Northam authorized a resumption of elective procedures. LewisGale Regional Health System is one example; CEO and Market President Lance Jones says they are now back to about 60 to 70% of patient levels for elective visits and procedures – and for the emergency room. He says in some cases, the lack of earlier visits is creating greater health problems now. Jones acknowledges that one reason many people have been hesitant to return is the perception that they will risk exposure to the COVID-19 virus – but health care providers, he says, have some of the highest-level safety precautions you will find anywhere. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
The Virginia Department of Health reports 331 confirmed or “probable” COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke Valley since the virus first arrived. That includes 160 in Roanoke City, 105 in Roanoke County, 34 in Salem and 32 in Botetourt County. The VDH reports 23 deaths in the valley from COVID-19. Five new cases were reported in Roanoke City and one additional case in Roanoke County.
”Probable” cases are defined as symptomatic persons with known exposure to COVID-19 but were not tested or whose tests results are pending.
The Virginia Department of Health reports a total of 325 COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke Valley since the virus first arrived. They include 155 in Roanoke City, 104 in Roanoke County, 34 in Salem and 32 in Botetourt County. The statewide total as reported by the Virginia Department of Health is 43,611, with 1,370 confirmed or “probable” deaths, 23 of them in the Roanoke Valley. “Probable” is defined as symptomatic persons who died after known exposure to COVID-19 but were not tested or whose tests results are pending.
12 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases have been added in the Roanoke Valley over the latest 24-hour reporting period. Five in Roanoke County, Five in Roanoke City, and two in Salem. There’s been no change in the number of hospitalizations or deaths in the Roanoke Valley according to the latest data from the Virginia Department of Health.