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COVID-19 cases rise in New River Valley due to social gatherings, officials say

Hundreds of people have gotten a test ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

MONTGOMERY COUNTY. Va – An uptick in COVID-19 cases in the New River Valley is mostly being caused by social gatherings, according to New River Health District Director Noelle Bissell.

The rise in cases has caused several school divisions in the region to transition to online learning, but Bissell says transmission isn’t happening in the classroom.

“Across the district, it’s primarily spreading through social gatherings and in some of our religious services. We know how to control it, if we watch our distance and seek outside or inside well-ventilated areas, if we wear a mask and wash our hands,” Bissell said.

Bissell says the rise in cases is also likely reflective of outbreaks in long-term care facilities and as cases continue to rise, it gets hard to track them.

About the Author:

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