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Cases rise as variant continues to spread

COVID-19 cases have continued to rise locally during the past week, with Gloucester adding 97 cases, for a total over the past 18 months of 2,458 cases in the county; Mathews adding 13 cases, for a total of 622; and Middlesex adding five, bringing that county’s total to 598.

The increase in cases did not result in an increase in hospitalizations or deaths during the past week, with the hospitalizations remaining at 70, 24, and 27, respectively, and deaths at 52, 14, and 22. As with other illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths lag behind a rise in cases.

Across the Three Rivers Health District, the case count was 184 new cases during the past week, nearly double last week’s 100 new cases, placing the total thus far at 10,406 cases district-wide.

Dr. Richard Williams, Medical Director of the Three Rivers Health District, said case rates are increasing statewide, as well, with over 890 a day on a seven-day average. This is up from last week’s case rate of 670 cases per day. Nati...

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