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Roanoke health leaders expect a spike in coronavirus cases due to Thanksgiving plans

Trend is expected to be seen on a nationwide scale

Health officials are now urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing while traveling this holiday.
Health officials are now urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing while traveling this holiday.

ROANOKE, Va – The Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts are expecting a major increase in COVID-19 cases in the next two weeks.

Health Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow said the prediction of cases rising will likely be reflected on a national level.

Morrow emphasized that if people follow the guidelines over the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s not too late to change what health experts are predicting.

“If we all do the right thing, we can prevent what we think is inevitable, we only think it’s inevitable because we believe people aren’t going to do what they know that they need to do,” explained Morrow.

The health district will be holding several testing events soon:

  • Dec. 1 at the Salem Civic Center from 3-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 at Eagle Rock Library from 3-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 at Green Hill Park from 3-5 p.m.

About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.