It’s July – and that means it’s pretty hot outside. Cities especially can be even hotter than more rural areas. And the city of Roanoke is trying to find exactly where that happens within its limits.


Virginia will enter Phase Three of the governor’s reopening plan Wednesday.  That means larger gatherings and fewer restrictions on businesses.

But a health official in the Roanoke area says the reopening process is changing the face of COVID-19.

Virginia’s statewide COVID-19 numbers have been trending down over the past few weeks.  That’s encouraged state officials to ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

But the numbers in much of the southwest part of the state have been heading in the other direction, which has health professionals worried.

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Living with COVID-19 has meant some may be experiencing food insecurity for the first time. One Roanoke Valley non-profit group was able to pivot at a time when access to healthy and affordable food is crucial.


Health experts in the Roanoke region and other parts of southwest Virginia are watching a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.