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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Roanoke/Lynchburg/Danville area hit record

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Hospitals that serve the health department's Near Southwest region reported 499 hospitalized patients Friday.

That figure is nearly 25 percent higher than a week ago. It also tops the previous record of 450 set in January of 2021.

The Near Southwest region includes Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville and Martinsville, as well as parts of the New River Valley.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has also been rising, though not as quickly. That number grew from 104 to 117 over the past week.

On a statewide level, the number of hospitalizations has been steady for a few days. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association's dashboard reported 3,845 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Friday.

David Seidel is proud to lead the journalists at Radio IQ and WVTF as news director. David joined the newsroom in May 2017 and brings more than 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism in Virginia. Prior to joining Radio IQ David was an assistant news director, assignment manager and producer at WDBJ Television in Roanoke. He also worked as a reporter for WHSV Television in Harrisonburg. David graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington with degrees in journalism and history.