Southwest Virginia


The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke area continues to jump. And health officials fear it will get even higher in the weeks after Thanksgiving.

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COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke region have gone up dramatically over the past two weeks.

Health officials say the data shows people need to take stronger action to get the virus under control.

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Virginia's statewide positivity rate currently sits around 5%. But, it's closer to 9% in certain areas of southwestern Virginia, especially those localities near the Tennessee border.

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Virginia's COVID-19 case count continues to grow; adding nearly a thousand cases every day.

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In the 1940s and 50s, calling the doctor to come out to your house or heading to a hospital could be difficult in rural Virginia. So a lot of parents used old fashioned home remedies to treat their children’s’ ailments.

As part of our occasional oral history series, Robbie Harris has this look back.