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Understanding Breakthrough Cases

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

Over the past few months, you have likely heard the term “breakthrough case” used a lot and may have some questions about what this “breakthrough” actually means. At the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, we hear a lot of questions and thought it may be helpful to review some of the more common questions.

What is a breakthrough COVID-19 case?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a breakthrough case occurs when a person tests positive for COVID-19 at least two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated (either receiving a one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-shot vaccine). Continue reading Understanding Breakthrough Cases

Coach Millard Bolden receives Whitney M. Young Award

by S. Rotan Hale

Scouting – from left: Scout Marquondre Robinson with Chapter President Dr. Al Baker, honoree Coach Millard Bolden, George Clay (Scout executive) and Scout Chauvonne Leveesy at the Whitney M. Young Award Dinner held at the Salem Civic Center Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Former baseball star Sam Ewing once said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

Coach Millard E. Bolden, not only “turned up” but has inspired a countless number of kids throughout his lifetime of service to youth. After years of awards, Bolden was recently honored with the Whitney M. Young Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, (BSA). It was presented at the organization’s annual dinner held Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Salem Civic Center. The award is presented to deserving persons who strive to serve those around them in collective efforts to improve communities. Continue reading Coach Millard Bolden receives Whitney M. Young Award

Local teacher named Virginia’s Teacher of the Year

Harrington among eight other Region 6 statewide winners
Eboni Harrington, Virginia Teacher of the Year

Courtesy of RCPS

Eboni Harrington, a 7th grade math teacher at Lucy Addison Middle School, has been named “Region 6 Teacher of the Year” by the Virginia Department of Education. Harrington, is among eight regional winners across the Commonwealth. The news was delivered by a special guest: NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. Continue reading Local teacher named Virginia’s Teacher of the Year

Church Women United honorees

Ruth Via

Church Women United honors four outstanding individuals for selfless acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion
The 2021 Human Rights Award Recipients are: Ruth Via who has championed human rights through her ministry to inmates in our local jail for the past 30 years. Prior to the pandemic, every Wednesday Ruth taught Bible study to female inmates for the ultimate purpose of leading them to Christ. She said that she realized that many people who end up in prison grew up in environments that were different from hers. Most did not come from homes where Christian principles were taught and lived. Continue reading Church Women United honorees

Hollins’ new Scholarship Program fully covers tuition for young women locally with financial need

The HOPE scholar program “makes a college education affordable for young women in the Roanoke Valley region regardless of their ability to pay.”

Hollins University is launching a new scholarship initiative that prioritizes lifting the burden of private college tuition for students with financial need. Designed for students living in the greater Roanoke Valley region, the Hollins Opportunity for Promise through Education (HOPE) scholar program specifically supports young women who wish to pursue a college degree at Hollins with zero tuition debt. Continue reading Hollins’ new Scholarship Program fully covers tuition for young women locally with financial need