Information on COVID-19 in the NRV

October 17, 2020

  • Today, there are 11 COVID-19-positive patients hospitalized and 7 persons under investigation. NRV hospitals remain at normal operations & capacity.
  • New metrics are online here. School indicators include 14-day cases, 14-day % positive tests, % change in 1- week cases, % inpatient hospital beds occupied & % inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
  • To date, there is no measurable community spread from NRCC, RU or VT & no evidence of transmission in public schools.
  • Construction begins soon on the Crisis/De-escalation Center for those in psychiatric crisis, to decrease law enforcement exposure & protect hospitals & keep bed space & resources available for medical emergencies.
  • Halloween recommendations & local events are online here.

What’s New

  • NRV hospitals remain at normal operations, capacity & capabilities, with no interruptions to patient care.
  • Submit your questions for an upcoming video Q&A with Dr. Noelle Bissell, director of the New River Health District. Click here or call 540-391-0792.
  • The New River Valley had 40 visits to hospital emergency departments for drug overdoses in August; an increase from 27 in July & 24 in June. Data on “Emergency Department Visits for Unintentional Drug Overdose Among Virginia Residents” are available here.

Fast Facts

  • While COVID-19 is widespread in the NRV and across Virginia, the entire state, including our region, is on a downward trend in terms of positive cases.
  • Testing is available locally, for anyone seeking it. Call 540-267-8240.

  • We continue to see low-level spread within our communities, & decreasing demand for testing.
  • Testing is available locally, for anyone
    seeking it. Call 540-267-8240.
  • Upcoming COVID-19 testing:
  • Oct. 19 – Montgomery Co. Health Dept.
  • Oct. 21 – Radford City Health Dept.
  • Oct. 23 – Montgomery Co. Health Dept.
  • Oct. 20 – Pulaski Co. Fairgrounds, Dublin, 9am-1pm, ages 8 & up
  • Oct. 21 – Christiansburg Middle School, 9am-1pm, ages 8 & up
  • Oct. 30 – Giles High School, Pearisburg, 9am-noon, ages 8 & up
  • Nov. 4 – Christiansburg Rec. Center, 9-noon, ages 3 & up
  • Click here for Halloween info & events.
  • Click here for Voting & Election Day guidance.
  • Download COVIDWISE.

Seasonal flu vaccine is available to the public. Call 540-267-8240 for details.

Business Continuity Team provides COVID-19-related services & support to local businesses & schools. Call 540-427-7341 or 540-505-5173.

Giles Flu Clinic


Prevention Reminders
  • Watch your distance, Wear a face covering &Wash your hands.
  • Do NOT get complacent! Get a flu shot. Dress comfortably and go outside. Stay home if you are sick.


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