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Daily COVID-19 Update: Pulaski County still holding at nine cases

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

 

Proactive preventative measures, geography and a little bit of luck continue to be positive factors for Pulaski County, which saw no rise in the number of COVID-19 cases for another day. The running count of cases in the county is at nine. That number includes two cases that required hospitalization.

 

Montgomery County moved up 55 cases Wednesday with six that have required hospitalization and one death. Wythe County still reports 11 cases with one hospitalization and one death. Carroll County saw an increase from four cases to nine overnight with two hospitalizations. Roanoke County now has 47 cases and one hospitalization. Roanoke City saw a big jump Wednesday, going from 35 cases to 57 with five hospitalizations. The City of Salem moved up to 16 cases with two hospitalizations. Giles County reports four cases and Floyd County now reports two cases. Grayson County still reports one case of the virus and the City of Martinsville is reporting their two cases.

 

Bland and Dickenson counties still do not report any cases in their area.

 

As of Wednesday morning, there have now been 85,307 people tested in the state and 14,961 confirmed cases reported. Of those, 2,259 have required hospitalization. There have now been 522 deaths reported in Virginia, an increase of 30 since Tuesday.

 

Many people who have been tested and found to have the virus are exhibiting mild to no symptoms. Many patients are also showing improvement since testing positive with harsher symptoms. Most people across the state who were reported as infected early on have now recovered or on their way to a full recovery.

 

The VDH will again be conducting drive-thru testing at two locations in the New River Valley. Testing will take place Wednesday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg and Friday, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Blacksburg High School. These sites are closed to the public. Only individuals with a letter of authorization from the VDH’s New River Health District will be allowed access to the sites, and only by appointment.

 

Individuals who feel they may require testing should consult with their regular doctor first. They may also contact the New River Health District’s COVID-19 public health center at 540-267-8240 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The line is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Any callers after those times should leave a message.

 

Even though some localities may now be starting to open some previously closed areas, everyone should continue to use social distancing, wash your hands and avoid anyone with symptoms. If you have symptoms, contact your doctor and avoid contact with others.

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