Two locations show high levels of transmission from the COVID community

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Two communities in southwest Virginia have returned to high levels of community transmission for COVID-19, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 Transmission Tracker. Roanoke City and Roanoke County are both on the list, with Salem being upgraded to Medium.

Residents in areas with high transmission rates are strongly advised to consider the following preventive measures, according to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Stay updated with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Extra precautions may be needed in individuals at high risk of serious illness

Learn more about how COVID-19 community levels are measured and view the complete list of CDC recommendations for individuals and communities for each level.

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The Virginia Department of Health and Human Services reports 1,777,813 cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth on Friday, May 27, 2022, as of the March 2020 onset of the pandemic. That’s 3,628 more than 1,774,185 reported Thursday, a larger 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 performed in Virginia through Friday, with a 17.6% positivity rate from tests in the last week, up from the 17.4% reported Thursday for the previous one seven days were reported.

As of Friday, 15,923,247 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia, according to the latest update to the state’s vaccine dashboard. 82.2% of the state’s population has received at least one dose, with 73.7% fully vaccinated. 93.1% of Virginians 18 years and older have received at least one dose and 83.6% are fully vaccinated.

523 people across Virginia were hospitalized with confirmed or pending cases of COVID-19 on Friday, up from 524 on Thursday. 109,862 COVID patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals since the pandemic began. That’s according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which receives a daily report from hospitals across the Commonwealth.

The hospital numbers differ from those reported by the VDH, which only records hospital status at the time each case is investigated by the VDH and is an underrepresentation of Virginia hospitalizations.

Since the start of the pandemic, 20,376 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in the Commonwealth as of Friday, up from the 20,370 reported on Thursday.

New confirmed cases from public health officials statewide won’t show up on the state list for the rest of the day until the next day, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with new cases coming in every day at 5 p.m. Cases going into the list of the next day are to be recorded.

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