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COVID-19 vaccine distribution

by Dr. Cynthia Morrow

When a farmer wants to sell milk from her dairy farm, people don’t line up with empty bottles at the barn door to buy it. Before reaching the consumer in a grocery store, the milk needs to stored, transported to the dairy factory where it is tested, processed, packaged, and then transported to the store. At all stages, it has to be held at food-safe temperatures.

Although this is a simplistic analogy, there are some comparisons to be made with vaccine rollout. As we enter the next phase of immunizations, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District (RCHAD) is thrilled to be able to help more Virginians receive this life saving tool. People who are aged 75 years and older, as well as frontline essential workers such as police, teachers, grocery store workers, and others are eligible to receive the vaccine, starting on January 11, 2021. Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Omega New Members

“InQuevenientOpportunities 2020”

Gamma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Incorporated proudly initiated six new members in 2020. This line named “InQuevenientOpportunities 2020” is a very energetic group of men who bring a lot of talent to the organization. We look forward to their extraordinary service within the community.

Cheers, Cheers 100 years!

Mozelle Witcher

Mozelle Witcher of Penhook, VA celebrated her 100th birthday the first week in January 2021! Friends and family greeted her during a drive by event on Sunday Jan. 3 from 1-2 pm at her home. Over 180 friends and family drove by with the oldest guest being 106 years old. On her birthday, Tuesday, Jan. 5, she celebrated again with her nine children (all wearing their mask and socially distancing themselves). She received numerous gifts, cards, phone calls, letters of recognition, certificates and many congratulatory letters from various agencies, and county and state officials.

Mozelle was born January 5, 1921 to Elijah and Exie Witcher. She was a sibling of 16 children all but 8 deceased. She was married to the late Connie Witcher and to this union had 11 children (2 now deceased). Mozelle was so kind hearted that she not only had a special love for her own children but love for everybody else’s kids as well, some of whom she also put claim on. Continue reading Cheers, Cheers 100 years!

Local writer spotlights community with musing creative stories

Writer Jazmine Otey with her proud father Kevin Otey after her 2016 graduation from William Fleming.

Special to The Roanoke Tribune

Jazmine Otey, 23, will forever remember 2020 as the year that God forced her to sit down and discover her purpose in life. From several deaths within the family to having to attend her college graduation on Youtube Live, Otey experienced several heartbreaking moments. But in the end, the pain of this year resulted in her spirit being reborn and strengthened in a way she never deemed possible. Continue reading Local writer spotlights community with musing creative stories

Local frontline healthcare workers get COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Dr. Cynthia Morrow

Last week, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts hosted our first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. We were able to deliver the first COVID-19 vaccines to almost 300 of our region’s frontline healthcare workers, including Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics as well as the laboratory team running COVID-19 tests at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. These efforts along with those by Carilion Clinic, Lewis Gale, and the Salem VA Medical Center have launched our area’s initial COVID-19 vaccination response. Continue reading Local frontline healthcare workers get COVID-19 vaccine