‘Thank You’ signs show appreciation for VDH staff, volunteers
ROANOKE, Va. – After a year of hard work, long days, and countless hours fighting this pandemic, local cities and first responders are saying “thank you” to the Virginia Department of Health and countless volunteers who are doing their part. City officials and first responders from across the Roanoke Valley made signs as a way to show their appreciation. They’ve been patient with the community and they have done an extraordinary job. It’s a huge undertaking,” said Trevor Shannon, the Battalion chief of Emergency Management for Roanoke Fire-EMS. Signs are posted all over the Roanoke & Alleghany Health District, including in Salem, Botetourt County, Alleghany County, Craig County, and Roanoke County.
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District hit COVID-19 vaccine distribution challenges
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District Director Scott Spillman said after talking to the governor’s office they may receive an extra 15% of vaccines next week. “I told the person last night I am going to talk to them every single day until we get more vaccines,” Spillman said. AdWith phone systems crashing in the past and low internet accessibility, Sovah Health now has a team going door to door to register people on their iPads. With communities of color more at risk, Sovah Health is reaching out to community leaders to spread the word. “We noticed there was a lack of balance there and that’s why we reached out to folks this time around to get to the ground level,” Sovah Health Danville Chief Operating Officer John Kent said.
Army takes Liberty Bowl spot left by Tennessee’s withdrawal
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. A spot in the Liberty Bowl became available Monday when Tennessee became the first team to back out since bowl berths were announced. The change to its Liberty Bowl opponent was no problem for West Virginia (5-4). “Our team deserves to be in a bowl and so does the 9-2 Army squad,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. Frankly, I think we were stunned to find out the opportunity would be in a bowl like the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Southwest Virginia Red Cross recognizes volunteers hard work over the past year
ROANOKE, Va. – On Tuesday night American Red Cross volunteers in Roanoke were honored for their tireless dedication to the community. These volunteers have been manning blood drives, responding to natural disasters and helping in little ways too. Jackie Grant is the executive director of the local Red Cross Chapter and said sometimes recognition just can’t wait until next year. Many of the volunteers received awards for their service. All they had to do was open their cars and awards were put right in their back seats.