The number of COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke region continues to climb.  And health officials say the surge is impacting their ability to investigate and contact trace.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation after he resigned as president and chancellor in August amid a series of scandals.

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Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president.

The main health system in the Lynchburg area says it’s starting to see some improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases there.  But it’s also seen a significant number of deaths this month.

Health officials in the Lynchburg area are again warning that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases there is straining hospitals and health care providers.

The Central Virginia Health District reported more than 300 new cases over the past week.